Ms. Harker Named March Staff Member of the Month


Ms. Harker has been named Riverwalk Academy Staff Member of the Month for the month of March.  Ms. Harker was nominated by a colleague and two parents.  Her nominators wrote:

  • (from a colleague): Whenever I see this teacher in or outside of the classroom, she is leading and teaching her students how to be successful. She is always displaying a positive demeanor and setting a great example for Riverwalk Staff

  • (from a parent): No matter what's going on she always has a smile on her face, positive attitude, treats each and every child with love, respect and like they were her own child. She goes above and beyond any teacher I have ever meet. She gives her children the positive encouragement and teaching to help them succeed she's even shown that by having their numbers increase on testing by 20%. I hope that she finally gets recognized for the wonderful person and teacher she is.

  • (from a parent): Another parent said: My daughter adores Ms. Harker, she has really bloomed in her class.  Ms. Harker pushes the students to their full potential and it was shown during the recent MAP testing. 

For being selected as the March Staff Member of the Month, Ms. Harker will have her very own parking spot for the month.

Congratulations Ms. Harker! 


Riverwalk Academy Board Offers Contract To Head of School


February 27, 2018—The governing board of Riverwalk Academy, a tuition-free public charter school in Rock Hill, voted to offer interim Head of School, Dr. Robert Compton a three-year contract at its meeting on February 26, 2018.

“Dr. Compton's constant effort, positive attitude and focus on learning is what led us to move quickly in securing Dr. Compton at Riverwalk Academy for the next three years. His focus on our children, our staff and the dynamic learning outcomes for our children in a project-based learning environment requires an effective and progressive leader. His leadership experience and vitality for learning makes him an excellent choice as we look to the next phases of Riverwalk Academy.

The Board could not be more pleased with our future.” said Board Chairperson, Mariann Carter. Dr. Compton stepped in as interim principal on September 25, 2017, after previously serving as transformation coach with the South Carolina Department of Education and assistant superintendent at the South Carolina Public Charter School District. After earning his undergraduate and Masters degrees from Winthrop University, he earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Northcentral University. He holds a South Carolina Educators License in the areas of Superintendent and K-12 Principal. Additionally, he was a member of the 2015 cohort of the Leaders Program of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). He has strong ties with the surrounding community as he’s been a resident of Rock Hill for over 12 years. He lives with his wife, an ESOL teacher in Rock Hill School District 3, and two daughters (10 and 7).

“I said this on my first visit and I still believe it today. There is something special about Riverwalk Academy. It’s a place where students thrive. Our project-based learning (PBL) approach and inquiry driven model allow for students to take an active role in their learning. In addition to our top-notch staff and supportive parents, I have also been impressed with Riverwalk Academy’s connection to the community. Our PBL model connects our school and students to the community as our students work to solve real world problems and address issues important to them and to our community. Riverwalk Academy is doing some great things today, and we are poised to do even better things in the future,” said Compton.

Riverwalk Academy is in its fourth year of operation as a free public charter school. They currently serve students K – 8 who come from seven different school districts. Next year, the school will expand to 9th grade where they will welcome the Class of 2022.

“I am excited about the opportunities that Riverwalk Academy has to continue to grow. As we look towards our future, our students will experience more authentic and impactful projects. I believe our students, with the facilitation of their teachers, have the ability to make a real-world impact through their projects which will give our students a sense of purpose. I want our students, even our youngest, to realize that they can make a difference in their school, community, and beyond,” says Compton.

About Riverwalk Academy: Riverwalk Academy is a tuition-free public K-8 charter school located in western Rock Hill. Riverwalk Academy is in its fourth year of operation, and it serves about 450 students from seven different school districts. Riverwalk Academy’s uniqueness is its approach to learning identified as a project-based learning model where students engage their learning by solving real-world problems at school and in the community.

For more information about Riverwalk Academy or to schedule a tour, please visit or call 803-327-8400.