Meet our Team

Special Education Services

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Ms. Darlene Baxley

Teaching Assistant

My name is Darlene Baxley and I am a Special Needs Teacher Assistant. I received my BA in Elementary Education and Special Education from Coker College in Hartsville, SC. I have taught Special Needs students for 20 plus years. I retired as a classroom teacher, but decided I wanted to continue to work with the children I love.

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ms. Tuni Chimbwanda


I'm Mrs Tuni, one of the special education teachers at Riverwalk Academy. My bachelors degree is in English Literature and Linguistics. I received my special education teacher certification at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte where I'm currently completing my Masters degree in special education. I have worked in special education for 9 years and I truly believe it's my calling! My husband and I have 4 wonderful kids. I enjoy spending time with family, traveling and cooking. I'm honored to be part of the Riverwalk Academy family.

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ms. Tiffany Hudson 


From the beginning of grade school, I either wanted to join the Air Force like my dad or become a teacher. Over the years, my teachers created some of the greatest impacts in my life, becoming my security and home away from home. As I continued through school, I held onto my aspirations of becoming a teacher and being a beacon of hope and inspiration for my future students. In 2009, I graduated from Winthrop University with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Since then, I have taught at two charter schools, with a 5 year span as a stay at home mom. Even during my time as a stay at home mom, teaching continued to be a passion for me: I assisted, taught or substituted with pre-school through high school. While at Riverwalk, I have been blessed to teach both 3rd and 4th grade. I am currently working towards an Add On Certification for Learning Disabilities. As I grow professionally, I will continue to embrace my goal of being an advocate for our students.

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Ms. Elizabeth Slifer  


My name is Elizabeth Slifer and I am the middle school Special Education teacher. I am a North Carolina native. I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May with my Bachelor's in Special Education K-12. I have worked in the area of in-home skill building for the past two years and I am very excited to start my teaching career here at Riverwalk Academy.