Kim Atchley ’90 Joins Staff of Spartanburg Academic Movement

May 12, 2017 at 12:14 pm

Kim Atchley

The Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM) has hired alumna Kim Atchley ’90 as its full-time director of communications.

Atchley earned her bachelor’s degree Education from USC Upstate and taught middle school science in Aiken and Spartanburg counties. While taking time to raise her family and care for her aging parents, she became a freelance writer. In 2009, she earned first place for nonfiction books from the National Federation of Press Women for When Your Aging Parents Need Care. In 2012 she became director of marketing and public relations and later executive director for Hollywild Animal Park, a nonprofit organization. Joining the SAM team, Ms. Atchley is returning to her roots in education.

“SAM has a story to tell about academic achievement across Spartanburg County,” says Dr. John Stockwell, executive director of SAM. “And Kim Atchley brings the strength and experience we need to do just that.”

Atchley is an active volunteer with the Palmetto Council Boy Scouts and has completed Wood Badge, an advanced, national leadership course. She is currently attending the Spartanburg County Foundation’s 2017 Grassroots Leadership Development Institute. “I am delighted to be joining this strong, innovative organization that is making an impact for Spartanburg County. I know I will enjoy sharing many success stories coming from the collaborative efforts SAM facilitates to improve education in the community,” Atchley said.
About Spartanburg Academic Movement

Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM) works to ensure, promote and magnify student success in Spartanburg County through an all-in partnership of education, business, government, foundation, community and faith leaders. Working together, they pursue high levels of academic achievement for all of our children. SAM measures county-wide academic accomplishments from cradle to career, sets targets for these accomplishments, encourages and reports progress, and aligns collaborative action networks of non-profits and others to support students and schools in support of these targets. Visit