Faculty and Staff
|Title:||Clinical Placement Coordinator
College of Education
After over a decade of teaching, PJ Alonzo recently joined the College of Education as the Clinical Placement Coordinator for the Middle Level and Secondary Education Programs. PJ began her career in Richland School District Two as an early childhood teacher. She began as a student intern and then certified teacher for 13 years at Pontiac Elementary.
While working as a classroom teacher, PJ served in various leadership and mentoring roles; these included serving as a University of South Carolina coaching teacher to student interns, mentor of induction teachers, Clinical Adjunct and coordinating council co-chair for the UofSC Professional Development Network. In each of these roles, PJ helped facilitate coaching and mentoring opportunities to support the growth of personal and professional development of educators.
PJ strives to bring passion, support, and leadership to facilitate successful growth for preservice teachers. She thrives in fostering encouraging, trusting, and invigorating relationships among all educators and communities.
PJ is a proud graduate of the Early Childhood Program at the University of South Carolina. She is currently pursuing a Master of Teaching Degree at UofSC, specializing in Language in Literacy. She is inspired by the College of Education’s impact on excellence in the community and beyond. She will strive to continue to uphold the high expectations and mission of the college throughout her endeavors.