Meet our Team



Dr. Robert Compton, Head of School

Dr. Compton is in his 17th year of working in education.  He graduated from Winthrop University with a B.S. degree in special education: severe disabilities and a M.Ed. in special education, with a concentration in educational leadership.  Dr. Compton earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership from Northcentral University where his research focus was special education teacher burnout and retention in South Carolina.  He spent 8 years as a classroom teacher in S.C. public schools and 8 years as a district administrator with the South Carolina Public Charter School District.  It was during his 8 years working at the SCPCSD that his passion for charter schools developed as he saw the role that charter schools play in providing choice and improving the outcomes for children in South Carolina.  Before joining the Riverwalk Academy Team, he served as a Transformation Coach with the SC Department of Education where he worked with school leadership teams in the State Priority Schools to improve the leadership and instructional capacities of the schools.  In addition to holding SC licensure in the area of special education, he is also certified as a K-12 principal and district superintendent.

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Ms. Erica McCray, Elementary School administrator

My name is Erica McCray and I am the Assistant Principal of Riverwalk Academy. I am a graduate of Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and General Communication Disorders. I have my Masters in Elementary Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction. Currently, I hold a Reading Certification for grades K-5. I have been in the education field for 9 years as a coach and as a classroom teacher in a private school setting and public school setting. I am currently enrolled at Gardner Webb University where I will obtain a Masters in Administration and Leadership in December 2017.

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Mr. Michael Graham, Middle and High School Administrator

My name is Michael Graham, and I am the Communications and Career Course elective teacher at Riverwalk. I received my Associate of Business Degree from York Technical College and Bachelor of Science Business Degree from Winthrop University. In addition, I have a Human Resources Certification. I am a twenty- year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. During my Marine career, I attended the following schools/academies: Manpower Management, Advanced Personnel, Recruiter’s School, Xerox Communications, and the Staff Non-Commissioned Officers’ Leadership Academy. I have been in the education field for the past six years, serving as the York Technical College Business, Computers, Arts and Sciences (BCAS) Division Office Manager and an instructor of College 101. I enjoy the outdoors (climbed Mt. Fuji in Japan 12,395 feet), most sports, and a good game of chess. I look forward to each day as an opportunity to teach our students new life skills and enhance their self-esteem in the classroom setting here at Riverwalk and in their communities.