COLUMBIA — The S.C. Department of Education has a new director of legislative and public affairs.
Dino Teppara, a former Department of Employment and Workforce executive and aide to U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, started this month as the new spokesman for the Education Department.
Teppara is taking the place of Jay Ragley, who resigned last month to take a job overseeing legislative activities in several southeastern states for a private online education company.
Teppara is an attorney who most recently worked as assistant executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce’s appellate division. He was a law clerk to S.C. Court of Appeals Judge H. Samuel Stilwell and worked as an aide to Wilson, a Springdale Republican, for seven years. From 2006-08, Teppara was Wilson’s chief of staff and counsel.
Teppara has nearly four years experience in public relations, working as an attorney for a Washington, D.C., based firm and running his own company.
“I’m glad to welcome Dino to the team,” said Mick Zais, State Superintendent of Education, in a news release. “His service to South Carolina from Capitol Hill to Columbia made him an ideal choice.”
Teppara received his law degree from Indiana University and bachelors from the University of Nebraska, which he attended on a tennis scholarship, the release said. He is licensed to practice law in South Carolina and in federal courts with jurisdiction over the state.
“It is a great honor to serve Dr. Zais, an education leader with a clear vision for our state’s children and school system,” Teppara said. “I look forward to working with members of the General Assembly, media and public to advance student learning across the Palmetto state.”
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