May D. Peach, M.Ed.
Educational Consultant Emeritus
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: indeed it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
May Dowling Peach spent her childhood in Beaufort, South Carolina before attending boarding school at Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina. Prior to moving to Columbia, South Carolina, May attended Converse College, double majoring in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She then received her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of South Carolina as well as her Education Specialist Degree and her Administrative Certificate in Elementary Principal and Supervision. While teaching, May was also certified as a middle school science, social studies, and language arts teacher with an endorsement to teach Gifted and Talented students. Before becoming a partner at The Price Group, May had a long career as a teacher and administrator in Richland School District Two in Columbia. Most of her career was working with gifted and talented students. During this time, she enjoyed presenting at numerous state and national conferences on the educational, social, and emotional needs of the gifted and talented student. After many years in the classroom, May became the Lead Teacher for The Learning Collaborative (TLC) at Dent Middle School from 2001-2005.
May became a partner at The Price Group in 2005 when she retired from Richland School District Two. She has always enjoyed being a lifelong learner and becoming an educational consultant was an exciting new challenge for her. She loves visiting and evaluating programs and schools and finds it rewarding to match a student with his/her best possible learning environment.
May is a licensed Certified Educational Planner and a Certified Parent Coach. She became a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) in 2008. She is Past Chairman of the IECA Community Committee, which included serving as the liaison to the Ethics Committee. She also served on the Boarding School Committee, the Therapeutic School Committee, and the Learning Disabilities Committee. May is a Professional Member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) and the Therapeutic Consulting Association (TCA).
Over the years, May has enjoyed working with children in different capacities. She has been a Sunday School teacher and a Vacation Bible School teacher at her church. She enjoyed serving as Guardian ad Litem for Richland County. May also served on the board of an online high school and the advisory board for Glenforest School in Columbia, South Carolina. She volunteers her time at several of the local elementary schools. When May is not spending time with children she is busy cooking, reading, traveling, working in her yard, or finding ways to spend time with her husband, Tom and her two children, Doug and Daniel.