Phone: 803-476-3848


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education Master Degree in Reading 30 hours Graduate Study in Elementary Education Read 2 Succeed Literacy Teacher Endorsement

Mrs. Barbara Hilton




I am currently a Reading Interventionist at Harbison West Elementary where I have been for the last eleven years.  Before coming to HWES, I taught First Grade, Second Grade, and Kindergarten at Leaphart Elementary School.  While at Leaphart, I spent my entire career in the classroom sharing my love for learning with young learners. It has been extremely rewarding to share that same love with small groups as we work together to achieve their learning goals.  

To tell you a little about me personally…I have been married for forty-four years to Chuck Hilton (better known as Mr. Chuck).  He works for Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School.  We have a daughter named Abbey.  Abbey, is a graduate of Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina and is a Doctor of Physical Therapy for Moore Pediatric Clinic.  Abbey is married to Andrew Sullivan and they have two sons Walker and Spencer who is the rewest member of our family. Besides my love for learning and family, I enjoy reading, cooking/baking, some sewing, working puzzles, watching Gamecock baseball, and singing in the Adult Choir at Riverland Hills Baptist Church.

Through my experiences in graduate classes, seminars, discussions with colleagues, and constantly studying professional literature, I have developed certain beliefs about how children learn best.  My beliefs include:

      ·        All children can learn.  They learn best when they see themselves as learners and are valued for their contributions.

      ·        All children come to school with a huge amount of knowledge about math, literacy and language.

      ·        Children learn best when learning is kept whole and meaningful, when they are given  choices within structure, and when they are given time to internalize learning.

      ·        Children learn best as a community of learners that encourages cooperation and collaboration and discourages competition.

      ·        Children see school as important when they have parents who view school and the work they do there as important.