Student and Academic Counseling

College Counseling

Michael Finkley, Dual Enrollment Coordinator

Mr. Finkley holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from Allen University of Columbia, SC,  a Masters of Education in Educational Studies k-12, and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Southern New Hampshire University of Manchester, New Hampshire. Finkley is also a certified Global Career Development Facilitator and a graduate of the Leadership Enrichment and Development Program hosted by the South Carolina Department of Education. He has spent the last 10 years working in various secondary and higher education settings.

  • Dual Enrollment Process
  • Dual Enrollment Grades
  • College and Career Networking

Laurel Hiser,

High School Counselor

Mrs. Hiser earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Upstate New York from Roberts Wesleyan College, and her Master of Education degree in Secondary School Counseling from The Citadel. Since moving to the Charleston area five years ago, Mrs. Hiser has been working in administrative roles in nonprofit settings and in the South Carolina Public Charter School District.

  • HS IGP Process
  • Social and Emotional Support for high school students
  • Transcript Audits

The PSA Difference

How we are different
Palmetto Scholars Academy (PSA) will provide a differentiated program designed to meet the educational needs of intellectually gifted learners, address their distinctive social and emotional needs, promote individual character development and instill a life-long love of learning. Our students will engage with leading innovative organizations in higher education, business, and science, to empower them to make original and impactful contributions toward the elevation of South Carolina in the areas of education, commerce, arts, and science.