Meet our Team

Elementary Related Arts

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Ms. Catherine Griffith

Elementary Art

My name is Catherine Griffith and I am very excited to be teaching Art at Riverwalk! I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Winthrop University and have over 10 years experience in the education field. I am originally from Spartanburg, SC but moved to Lake Wylie where I happily reside with my family. I am married to my best friend, Brian, and we have 3 amazing children – Lauren, William and Grace. We also have an adorable maltipoo named Bella. I spend most of my free time with my family, as I try to enjoy every minute I can (since my kids are growing up way too fast!) I also like to travel, paint, teach art lessons and relax at the beach! I can’t imagine doing anything else for a living that does not include children. It is an honor and blessing to be a part of a child’s education. I love watching each student blossom and grow in their artistic abilities throughout the school year. My hope is that each child will find their inner artist and enjoy expressing themselves and creating Art!

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Ms. Karen Laster

Elementary Physical Education

Hello!  My name is Karen Laster.  I graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education.  I am originally from upstate New York.  I am married to my best friend, and we have three wonderful children.  I am so excited to be part of the Riverwalk Academy family!


ms. Rachel Taylor

Elementary Technology

Hi . My name is Rachel Taylor . I am thrilled to be apart of the Riverwalk Family along with my daughter .She has attended Riverwalk since it’s inception. I'm from Rock Hill and have lived here most of my life. I have been married to my amazing husband for a little over 2 years and have a 3 year old chocolate lab named Ruger . In my free time , I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, eating Mexican food, going to the beach, and Disney World, I also love going to Clemson football games . Go Tigers! 


Ms. Betty Petty

Elementary School Chorus

Hello! My name is Betsy Petty and I am excited to come on board with the Riverwalk family for the 2019-2020 school year! I am originally from New Jersey and have been living in Rock Hill for the past 5 years with my husband Bruce and our five children. I am a graduate of Ithaca College in New York and hold a Bachelors Degree in K-12 Music Education with certifications in both NJ and SC. I have been teaching for over 25 years and have an extreme love and passion for children. Throughout my career, I have taught general classroom music, directed bands, choirs, and musical theatre groups, as well as, preschool and STEM classes. In my spare time, I enjoy participating in my church orchestra playing the flute which is my principle instrument, cooking, shopping and spending time with my family.