Jenni Creamer             Mia Tensley                                                         Scott Jaeschke 



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 2/4/2019

                                                                                     (By Lisa Garrett)

PENDLETON --- Three faculty/staff members have been honored as Tri-County Technical College's Educators of the Year and will be recognized at the South Carolina Technical Education Association (SCTEA) meeting in February. 

Jenni Creamer, dean of college transitions, is the College’s outstanding administrator; Mia Tensley, reading instructor in the Comprehensive Studies Division, is the outstanding instructor; and Scott Jaeschke, coordinator of community standards, student development division, is the outstanding staff nominee.


SCTEA is a professional association of technical education personnel and others interested in post-secondary technical education.  The group will be recognized at an awards luncheon at the SCTEA conference this month.

Since 2013 Creamer has provided leadership to the College Transitions Division, which includes recruitment, admissions, and orientation; high school engagement and outreach; bridge programs and educational partnerships; advising and academic support; student success coaches; TC Central and academic and career foundations which includes comprehensive studies and I-BEST programs.  

She joined the College in 2009 as director of Tri-County’s Bridge to Clemson program, a collaborative initiative between Tri-County and Clemson University that blends university transfer classes at Tri-County with Clemson campus life. 

In 2015 she was honored with the Presidential Medallion for Staff Excellence.

Prior to joining Tri-County, Creamer was employed at Presbyterian College, where she served as director of residence life and student activities. She has also held residence life positions at Wake Forest University and Clemson University and began her career at the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.

She holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of S.C. at Spartanburg and an M.Ed. in Counselors Education – Student Affairs from Clemson University.  She is currently enrolled in the Community College Leadership graduate program at the University of South Carolina. She received the Walter T. Cox New Professional of the Year Award in 2008.

She and her husband, David, live in Anderson.

Tensley, an Anderson native, joined the College’s Comprehensive Studies Division in 2016 after working as an adjunct reading instructor since August 2012.

She is a Tri-County alumna, earning an associate in arts degree in 2001 and transferring to Clemson University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in special education (multi-categorical). While at Clemson, she received the John Richardson Award for Excellence in Education. She earned an M.Ed. in literacy and curriculum from Grand Canyon University and R2S literacy certification from the South Carolina Department of Education.

A trained charrette facilitator, she has hosted charrette workshops during Tri-County’s professional development sessions. Since 2017, she has been presenting on High Impact Practices (HIPS) topics and recently was selected to present on collaborative practices at the 2018 South Carolina Association for Developmental Education (SCADE) conference. This semester, she will partner with the College’s Learning Commons to develop and facilitate Leading Edge Skillshops.

Tensley currently serves as Tri-County’s Faculty Senate president. She also represents the College in the 2019 Leadership Clemson program.

Her previous employment includes direct care counselor for New Foundations Children and Family Services, a special education teacher at Anderson School District 5 and Pickens County School District, and lead instructor for Rehabilitative Behavioral Health Services for Oconee County School District.

She is a member of Alive Wesleyan Church. She and her husband, Demetrick, have three children, Caleb, 16; Hannah, 14; and Chloe, 7.

Jaeschke came to Tri-County Technical College in 2014 when he moved to South Carolina from Virginia. He began working at Tri-County as an academic advisor for the Engineering and Industrial Technology Division.  He transitioned in 2015 to his current role of community standards coordinator. In this capacity he serves as a primary investigator for general misconduct and for Title IX allegations. He serves on the College’s behavioral intervention team and drug and alcohol task force. He also advises the National Society of Leadership and Success, the College’s leadership honor society, and serves on the Service Excellence Taskforce.

Jaeschke received his bachelor of arts degree in 2006 from Christopher Newport University. He earned his master of science in education degree from Old Dominion University in 2008.

He and his wife, Sarah, live in Pendleton with their daughter.