Shiela Martina Keaise was born and raised in Walterboro, South Carolina. She is the product of South Carolina Universities receiving a Bachelor of Science from Claflin University, a Masters of Science from South Carolina State University, and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Ms. Shiela has worked as Children’s Librarian for more than 20 years at the Colleton County Memorial Library. She enjoys singing, acting, and writing, which she incorporates on a regular basis.
In 2018, Ms. Shiela was asked to host her very own TV Show on Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative's (PRTC) local Channel 57 called Miss Shiela's World of Reading! Since then over 50 children have participated in this daily children's program that airs 3 times daily (7:30 am, 9:30 am, and 3:30 pm). On each episode, Miss Shiela shares storytime, songs, and a game with local children guests based on a theme or topic. Most of the songs on Miss Shiela's World of Reading are written by Miss Shiela. This includes the TV Show's theme song--Reading Makes the World Go Round. This song is based on Greg and Steve's song Music Makes the World Go Round.
Ms. Shiela is known around the state as the Singing Storyteller. Shiela Martina is the pen name (and preferred name) for the Hannah and Dexter series. However, she has written 11 children’s books and 1 adult book. Miss Shiela’s thought provoking children’s book shows the effects of working together, promoting literacy, encouraging respect of individual differences, and accepting one another’s opinions.
2007: Children's librarian at Colleton County Memorial Library (CCML)
2020: Children's librarian at Colleton County Memorial Library (CCML)
CHILDREN'S LIBRARIAN and AUTHOR and YOUTUBER
2007: St. Stephen Church, Walterboro
2007: Chairwoman of Colleton County First Steps and a member of the South Carolina Book Award Committee
2020 CORETTA SCOTT KING BOOK AWARD COMMITTEE, BRAG ABOUT WALTERBORO, CLEMSON EXTENSION
2007: Church song leader, Sunday school teacher and certified Department of Social Services trainer for child-care providers, day- care owners and teachers
2020: CHURCH PRAISE LEADER, SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER and SECRETARY, CERTIFIED SC TRAINER, BOOK REVIEWER
2007: Walterboro High School in 1988, bachelor's degree in business from Claflin University in 1992, master's degree in science in agribusiness from South Carolina State University in 1994 and master's in library and information science from the University of South Carolina in 1998
2020: DIPLOMA, BS, MS, MLIS, MOTHEREAD / TEACHREAD CERTIFIED, CALLIGRAPHER, SC CERTIFIED TRAINER
2007: Babysitter of 4 boys
2007: Cruise to the Bahamas
2007: Writing, singing and acting
2007: I like horseback riding
2020: I COLLECT BARBIE DOLLS
2007: Red Lobster
2007: Going to church
2007: "Something to Sing About"
2020: "THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS".
2007: "The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights"
2020: THE SEVEN PILLARS OF HEALTH
2007: Singing my first solo in a church choir
2007: My mother, Jennie Oliver Keaise, and my aunt, Elflorence Oliver
2020: MY AUNTS ELFLORENCE and FREDDIE MAE OLIVER
2007: I met Johnnie Cochran and his wife in 1995
2020: I SAW PRESIDENT & MRS. OBAMA IN PERSON IN CHARLESTON, SC
2007: Cutting the grass
2007: My college years
2007: Change the things I can,
accept the things I can't
2020: BE WHAT YOU ARE AND LIVE THE LIFE,
GOD KNOWS YOUR HEART
2007: Pontiac LeMans
2007: Use common sense
2007: The accomplishments I've made were not my own. Everything I've accomplished was with the help of my family
2020: BEING OBEDIENT TO GOOD ADVICE
2007: To see children smile when they enter the children's library
2020: TO SEE CHILDREN’S FACES AS I READ OR TELL THEM STORIES!
2007: Sign language
2007: Blair Underwood
2020: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA