Cora Stepp Lead Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Cora Stepp and I am the principal at Riverwalk Academy. I have been in education for 15 years, and in administration for the past 4 years. I received my Bachelor’s of Arts in Early Education and my Master’s of Education in Elementary Education from Converse College. I also received a Master’s in Administration and Leadership from the University of Phoenix.
My name is Erica McCray and I am the K-3 Administrator at 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.
I serve as the Upper Grades administrator. I have taught from Kindergarten to Seventh Grade. I received my Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education from Winthrop University, and I am working on my Master’s in Administration and Leadership from the American College of Education. I have been at Riverwalk from the very beginning. It is a joy to see our school grow and our passion for PBL to become a reality.
Matt Stratton Director of Marketing & Development/IT Services email@example.com
My name is Matt Stratton I am the Director of Marketing & Development at Riverwalk Academy. I have an undergrad in Software Engineering and 10 years experience in Marketing and Business Development. I have developed mobile applications on several platforms within many business aspects. I am currently working on my Master's in Education at American College of Education. Go Gamecocks!
Mandi Parker Director of Student Services firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Mandi Parker and I am the Director of Student Services. I received my Bachelors in Education from Limestone College. My Masters in Curriculum and Instruction was obtained through the University of Phoenix. I hold certification in special education and have 14 years of teaching experience.
Shenelle Mabey Power School Administrator email@example.com
My name is Shenelle Mabey and I am the PowerSchool Coordinator. I also handle enrollment. I have worked in education for 16 years and I have been with the South Carolina Public Charter School District since its inception in 2008. I have a wonderful husband and 3 daughters. I am so grateful to be part of the Riverwalk Family.
My name is Katie Wright, and I am the Reading Coach at Riverwalk Academy. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Psychology as well as a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education. My teaching experience includes preschool, kindergarten, first, and second grade. I serve Kindergarten through grade five in all areas of literacy instruction. It is a joy to watch children grow and learn each day!
Lauren Wilson PBL Coach firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Laruen Wilson and I was born and raised in Rock Hill SC. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina Upstate. I have been with Riverwalk Academy for three years and have enjoyed watching our school grow. I am very passionate about Project Based Learning and have even traveled to California to train with some PBL experts. In my spare time I enjoy being on the lake, going to the beach, traveling, spending time with my family and friends, and of course watching Panthers football!!
My name is Lindsey Tucker and I am serving as one of three RTI coordinators. I have been in child care/education for eight years. I received my Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix. I have been a facilitator with Riverwalk since the first year. I have really enjoyed growing with the school. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Matt, and two children, Aiden and Matisyn.
Starla Davis RTI Coordinator email@example.com
My passion for teaching lead me to obtaining a degree in elementary education. I have spent over 10 years in education where I have served in the elementary school setting and the preschool setting. I found my passion for teaching early childhood when I spent four years teaching at a preschool. I am proud to have been a facilitator at Riverwalk since its founding year. When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children. I love being on the lake, going to Hornets game, and reading in my spare time. I love teaching at a school where facilitators and learners are working together to build authentic learning experiences through project based learning.
Ms. Christman graduated from The University of South Carolina with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Christman has been teaching for 7 years and has taught every grade from Pre K-3rd grade. First grade is by far her favorite grade! Ms. Christman's passion as a teacher is reading. She loves seeing a child's growth at the end of year and knowing she was a part of that.
It is my privilege to be one of the guidance counselors. Together with Mrs. Lang, I conduct classroom guidance lessons, cover different topics in small groups and help individual students as well. I am also the State Testing Coordinator, assist Mrs. Lang with Section 504s and am the chair of the Staff Advisory Committee. I also enjoy working with select staff and students on the yearbook. I received both my Bachelor of Arts in General Communication Disorders and my Master of Education in Counseling and Development from Winthrop University. I live in York, SC. My husband and I have five children, two dogs and numerous cats.
Amber Lang Guidance Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Amber Lang and I am the part-time school counselor at Riverwalk Academy. I have been working in the education field for 10 years and devoted the last three years to Riverwalk Academy. I am a graduate of Gardner-Webb University with a Masters of Education in School Counseling. This year I will be visiting classrooms for guidance lessons, building relationships with students during individual and group counseling and managing all 504 plans. I look forward to working closely with Mrs.Carr this year. Mrs.Carr and I plan to identify the needs of our students, support and educate, and develop a school counseling program that will ensure students success.
Mary Belk Food Service Manager email@example.com
Hey, my name is Mary Belk. I graduated from high school in 2002. I have been in food service since 2006. I have been happily married to my husband for 7 years and we have 3 beautiful children. I look forward to serving as Riverwalk's Food Service Manager this year.
Donna Jeffers School Nurse firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Donna Jeffers and I am the school nurse here at Riverwalk Academy. I have been in nursing for 12 years now but have only been at Riverwalk since October. I love kids and being at the school gives me the opportunity to be in the school setting and use my nursing skills. I live in Dallas NC where I was born and raised and I have been married for 6 1/2 years. We have an awesome little boy who is 4 years old and 2 dogs that we love very much! Outside of work I love to spend time with my family and being outdoors. I am very excited to be a part of the Riverwalk Family!
Michael Quinn Information Technology email@example.com
Hello. My name is Michael Quinn. I am thrilled to be working in Riverwalk Academy's I.T. department. I have worked in the computer field for nearly 5 years. I studied computer technology at the University of Phoenix and am currently taking classes at Grantham University where I am continuing my studies in computer science.
Eloise Griffith Front Desk firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello my name is Eloise Griffith. I am the Front Office Manager at Riverwalk Academy. I have a graduate degree in Human Resources Management and an undergrad in Business Administration. I have worked in the education field and human services for 5 plus years. I am presently working to become a certified educator; preferably in Special education or Special needs; as well as; a certified Professional of Human Resources (PHR).
Keena Thomas Office Staff email@example.com
My Name is Keena Thomas. I have been happily married for 18 years and we have one awesome son. I am the Office Clerk at Riverwalk Academy. I look forward to assisting the teachers, students and parents with their needs.
My name is Monty Johnston and I have the privilege to teach robotics, band and to serve as financial secretary. I joined the Riverwalk team in the spring of 2016. I earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Lander University and spent the majority of my working career in performing music, including music director at church since 2010, and running pre-press operations in a print shop.
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.
Elizabeth Slifer Student Services firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Elizabeth Slifer and I am the 7th and 8th grade 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.
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.
Laterra Johnson Student Services email@example.com
Hi, my name is Laterra Johnson. I've worked in education for about 4 years now and I love it! Working with children has always been a passion of mine. Last year I came to Riverwalk as a substitute; this year I'm excited to jump on board as a Student Service Assistant.
HI. My name is Haley Sieber, although in October, I will be getting married and become Mrs. Hanke . I am originally from Belmont, North Carolina but am excited to now be a South Carolina resident. I went to Gardner-Webb University and graduated in 2014. At GWU, I majored in Psychology and minored in Spanish. Shortly after graduation, I realized my true calling and became a special education teacher. It has been the best decision I've ever made. This will be my 4th year in special education and I am so excited to be on the River Walk team. I love kids, chipotle and hanging out with my special needs dog Sugar.
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.
Miranda Shuller Student Services firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Miranda Shuller and I am the resource teacher for 5th and 6th grade. I recently graduated from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Special Education. I moved to Clover, SC to be closer to family and Riverwalk found me. I am very excited to get to know both teachers and students in this upcoming year.
Shandy Manigault email@example.com
Hello! My name is Shandy Manigault and I am so excited to be teaching Kindergarten at Riverwalk Academy! I am a graduate of Winthrop University and previously taught preschool! I was born and raised in Easley, SC and I have one younger sister. I enjoy exercising, cooking, and spending time with my two nieces! I consider teaching to be a work of heart, an honor, and I enjoy working with my scholars every day!
Haley Halstead firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Haley Halstead. I grew up in Orlando, Florida and graduated with a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education from The University of Central Florida. I have always had a love for children. I was a nanny for six years from highschool through college. I interned for a kindergarten and preschool classroom and discovered my passion for watching a child's eyes light up when they learn something new for the first time. Since I graduated I've been working as a teacher at Baby Gator at The University of Florida. My family resides in Lake Wylie so that is what has brought me this way to teach!
Lynzie Stutler email@example.com
Hi! My name is Lynzie Santucci and I am so excited to be teaching Kindergarten at Riverwalk Academy! I graduated from the University of NC at Charlotte with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Childhood and Family development! I was born and raised in North Carolina but now live in Rock Hill with my husband, stepdaughter and 3 dogs! I have previously taught kindergarten for four years, and third grade for a year. I am thrilled to be going back to kindergarten.
Anna Persinger firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi! My name is Anna Persinger. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina (GO GAMECOCKS!). Teaching has always been a dream of mine and I feel honored to be teaching your child in the Riverwalk community. Outside of the classroom I enjoy going to sporting events, shopping, beach trips, reading, and spending time with my family and rescue cat, Einstein.
Emily Hyleman email@example.com
Hello! My name is Emily Hyleman and I am so excited to be teaching at Riverwalk! I graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelors of Science with a dual certification in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I am recently married and live with my husband in Lake Wylie. I am a lover of all things animals and the color purple. Teaching has always been my dream and it's so exciting to see it come true. I look forward to teaching your child this school year
Stacy Harker firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi. My name is Stacy Harker I will be a facilitator in 1st grade this year. I have taught school for 17 years and have experience in traditional , year round and Christian education. I have a masters in social work and am truly a people person. My husband's name is Alan and we have been married for 26 years. I have a son, Nick who is 22 and goes to college in Wilmington, NC. My daughter, Allie is 12 and attends Riverwalk and loves this school. My hobbies are watching TV, being with friends and going to church. I am excited about this school year and look forward to being with the wonderful learners who will be in my class.
Virginia Walters email@example.com
"Hi! My name is Virginia Toomey and I am excited to be joining the Riverwalk Academy first grade team. I received both my Bachelor's in Media Arts and my Master's in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!!). Prior to moving to Rock Hill, I taught first grade using project based learning skills at a private school in Columbia. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking with my husband and our dog."
Amanda Nguyen firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello! My name is Amanda Nguyen. I am thrilled to be a part of Riverwalk Academy's first grade team! I graduated from the University of South Carolina- Columbia in December of 2015 with two Bachelor of Arts degrees. I have a degree in both Early Childhood Education and Fashion Merchandising. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and exercising. I have a passion for teaching and watching my students grow!
Natasha Dingle email@example.com
Hello! My name is Natasha Dingle and I am extremely excited to be a part of Riverwalk Academy's First grade team. I am a graduate from Kaplan University and I have been teaching for over ten years. I am originally from New York and now reside in South Carolina. I enjoy spending time with my family, swimming, and shopping. I also enjoy teaching children to become the best they can be .
Angela Reneau firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Angela Reneau. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Winthrop University. I have taught Kindergarten at Riverwalk the past two years and I am currently enjoying teaching First grade. I love Riverwalk and the many wonderful families I have met thru teaching here. I have been married for 17 years and I have 3 beautiful children. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, and golfing.
Megan Smith email@example.com
Hello! My name is Megan Smith and I am excited to be teaching second grade at Riverwalk Academy. In December of 2016 I graduated with a Master of Arts in Elementary Education degree from Liberty University. My husband and I have two amazing boys, who keep my life full of laughter. I am a lover of tacos, coffee, Mickey Mouse, Target, and the Miami Hurricanes. Teaching children is one of the greatest honors of my life. Watching student’s confidence grow is an absolute joy!!
Leonia Bowman firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Leonia Bowman. I was born and raised in Walterboro, SC, but currently reside in Rock Hill, SC. I also have one daughter who is 5 years old, who is my pride and joy. I have been teaching since 2009. I graduated from USC-Upstate in 2008 with a BS degree in psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Education. I also have obtained my Masters in Education and Business Administration from Ashford University. During my free time I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, friends, and sorority (Delta Sigma Theta) sisters, and going on vacations. I am very excited to be part of the Riverwalk Family, and teaching children that they can do and be anything they want if they put their mind to it.
Sarah Wilcox email@example.com
Hello. My name is Sarah Wilcox. I graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education. I am very excited to be teaching second grade this year here at Riverwalk Academy! I'm from Moncks Corner, South Carolina (near Charleston) but I just moved to Lake Wylie. I love spending time with friends and visiting my family. In my spare time I enjoy crafting, spending time on the lake, playing soccer and golf or going to football and baseball games.
Lamillie Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, my name is Lamillie Jackson and I am a second grade facilitator here at Riverwalk. In my three years of teaching, I have also taught 4th and 3rd grade. I am a graduate of Winthrop University where I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. I am a proud mother of two and will be marrying my fiance' of 10 years this summer. When I am not teaching, I enjoy online shopping and watching reality TV. As an educator, I enjoy building the foundation for learners so they can soar and become great leaders in our society.
Mayra Ryte email@example.com
My name is Mayra Ryte and this will be my 5th year teaching in 3rd grade. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Interdisciplinary Studies. I found my passion for education while mothering four energetic children and volunteering in the schools they attended. This will be my first year at Riverwalk Academy and I am thrilled to be a part of the team!
Tamila Crowder firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Tamila Crowder and I am very excited to be teaching 3rd grade this year. Teaching is a passion of mine. I perused this passion after being a stay at home mother with my two sons. I’ve earned a bachelor’s degree of Arts in Early Education and have been educating children for over 12 years. Over the course of those years, I have received credentials in South Carolina early education, special needs, and I am a Certified CLASS Observer. I enjoy working with children and helping them reach their dreams through their education. As an educator, I strive to empower students and help them to make a positive contribution to the world. I love spending time with my family. My husband and I have a beautiful family of two awesome sons and one lovely daughter. We have been married for 21 years. I spend my free time reading books, finding great places to dine, places to have family fun, and I love taking mini vacation getaways with my husband. I am thrilled to be working at Riverwalk Academy.
Teri Currie email@example.com
Hello my name is Teri Currie and I am into my fourth year of teaching. My husband and I have been married sixteen years and have a blended family of five children. Our youngest Emma will be in ninth grade next year. We live on our family farm which boards horses and has a riding program. During my middle school thru college, I competed on the AA show circuit in both the hunters and jumpers. I excited to be part of the Riverwalk Academy family.
Mandy Delangie firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Mandy DeLangie and I was born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. I live in Fort Mill with my husband Jason and our fur baby Ellie! I received my Bachelors of Art in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina Upstate. I have taught Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten. I am looking forward to teaching Third grade. I like to spend my free time traveling with my husband, reading books and watching my Gamecocks play on Saturdays and the New England Patriots play on Sundays. I am excited to be a part of Riverwalk Academy!
Heidi Marie Reppert email@example.com
Hello! My name is Mrs. Heidi Marie Reppert. This is my first year teaching 4th grade at Riverwalk Academy. Prior to this year, I have previously taught in a NC public school. I am originally from Bethlehem PA, and in 2015 we moved to SC, for my husband’s job. In PA, I taught for about 7 years, in the upper elementary grades. My passion is teaching and I will also encourage my students to be inquiring thinkers about what we are learning, and the world around them. When I’m not teaching, I am being mom to my HAM. (My three kid’s first initials spell H.A.M.,) My daughter is 14, my son is 12 and my youngest son is 10. They all enjoy inline speed skating along with my husband, Bob. When I’m not supporting their competitions, I find the time to ride my bike for training as a competitive track cyclist, which you may find me on Friday nights at the Riverwalk/Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill. I am hopeful of creating a cycling community at Riverwalk! Where just have a genuine love of riding your bike and wish to get more exercise in...so, I hope to see you outside at the Bike Club, or in the halls of Riverwalk! I can’t wait to start a great year!
Akilah Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Akilah Jones. I am 26 years old, and I am from Charlotte NC. I attended college at South Carolina State University where I earned a bachelors of science in Elementary Education. I am currently in a masters program studying Special Education at Winthrop University. This is my fifth year teaching elementary school children, and my first year teaching at Riverwalk Academy. I love teaching, and making a difference in a child's life. I am looking forward to a great and exciting year at Riverwalk Academy teaching fourth grade!
Brandi Dabney email@example.com
My name is Brandi Dabney and I am a fourth grade facilitator and Head Varsity Cheerleading coach at Rock Hill High School. I have worked in the Rock Hill School District for the past five years as a Special Education Assistant and Compass Instructor. During that time, I obtained my Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education from Liberty University. I am so happy to be given the opportunity to teach my first year here and to be a part of such a special Riverwalk Academy family! During my free time I like to enjoy the great outdoors, read, shop, and watch Gamecock football!
Nathalie Stewart firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Nathalie Stewart and I am a fourth grade teacher here at Riverwalk Academy. I obtained my Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from Winthrop University in May of 2016. This will be my second year teaching. In my spare time I love singing and enjoying time with friends and family. I am very excited to be apart of the Riverwalk family.
Sarah Semke email@example.com
My name is Sarah Anne Semke and I am a 5th grade facilitator here at Riverwalk Academy. I received my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Literacy, Culture, and Diversity from Clemson University.
I love Riverwalk because the collaborative, open atmosphere allows me to be creative and interactive with my students in a new way each day! When I'm not at school learning with my classroom family, I'm cheering on my Clemson Tigers, enjoying a good book, or doing yoga.
Dwana Tillman firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Dwana Tillman and I am a 5th grade facilitator at Riverwalk Academy. I have been in education for over 10 years serving in several capacities ranging from Teacher Assistant to Assistant Principal of a small Christian academy. I received a Bachelor's of Science in Education degree from the College of Charleston in 2005. I have been married for over 20 years to a wonderful man and we have an amazing set of 4 year old twin boys. I love being a part of Riverwalk and look forward to serving the learners and families in whatever capacity I can, for as long as I can.
Rachel Cranford email@example.com
Hello! My name is Rachel Cranford. This will be my 8th year teaching and my second year at Riverwalk Academy. I am truly looking forward to exploring 5th grade with your children! I grew up in Clover, SC and attended Clemson University (Go TIGERS!) where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. I love using technology as a tool in education and studied this in my Masters program. Currently, I live in Rock Hill with my husband Daniel and our awesome dog Mason. What I enjoy most about teaching is showing kids a world outside themselves through reading and exploring subjects they may not normally think about as well as seeing students’ epiphanies or “light bulb moments” when something challenging finally clicks for them. When I’m not at school, I enjoy reading, traveling, making music, cooking, and chasing waterfalls while camping and hiking with my family.
(Interesting fact about me: In 2015, I left teaching to move to Uganda to work with a non-profit called Sole Hope. My picture is of me at the wedding ceremony of a dear friend in Uganda wearing the traditional dress of that region, called a gomesi.)
Ali Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
I am from Orlando, Florida, where I got my Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education at the University of Central Florida. I now live here, in Rock Hill, with my husband. I love teaching 5th grade. It’s my passion, and what I enjoy doing every day. I’m privileged to work with the amazing staff, and students at Riverwalk Academy.
Middle School Teachers
Courtney McGrath email@example.com
I graduated from Winthrop University in 2015 with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Medieval Studies. I graduated from Winthrop again in 2016 with my MAT focused in Secondary Education. I am an active member in the National Council for Teachers of English, and truly believe that any learner can be a reader if only given the right book at the right time. I have spent time living abroad, and in different parts of the U.S as well. When I am not being Ms. McGrath I enjoy reading, going to the beach, playing Nintendo games, and watching the New England Patriots with my family. I most enjoy studying the Medieval, Elizabethan, and Young Adult Literature. While I enjoy helping students develop a love of literature, what I most enjoy about teaching is helping students learn more about themselves and helping them grow as people.
Kim Racz firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a middle school ELA teacher here at Riverwalk Academy. I am origanlly from NJ, but moved to the South 11 years ago. I live on a small farm with my husband, 2 children, 5 dogs, 3 cats, and a bunch of honey bees. My favorite beverage is coffee and my favorite food is pizza. When I am not teaching, I enjoy sewing, kayacking, traveling, and photography.
Kate Krebs email@example.com
My name is Kate Krebs and I am the middle school social studies facilitator. I recently graduated from Erskine College with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies and History. While at Erskine I had the amazing opportunity to serve in the local high schools teaching Psychology, Economics, and Geography. Although I enjoy teaching all aspects of Social Studies, my favorite time period to explore is the Cold War Era!
Anna Mouyeos firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Anna Mouyeos, and I am new to Riverwalk, but not to teaching. This is my 13th year teaching, and my 11th in middle school. I earned my degree in Elementary Education in 2004 from Winthrop University. I went on to receive certification in Middle Level ELA and Science from the University of South Carolina-Columbia in 2009. Additionally, I have a Gifted and Talented Teaching endorsement from Converse College. Currently, I am pursuing a Master’s degree in Academic and Behavior Intervention Specialty from Winthrop University. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, shopping and spending time with my 6 year old son. I am looking forward to the new adventures that Riverwalk has to offer, and to a great school year.
Jennifer Pickens email@example.com
I graduated from Anderson University in 2011 with a degree in Secondary Math Education and am certified to teach 6th-12th grade math. I especially enjoy teaching Algebra by bringing real-life applications of math into the classroom through project based learning and frequent engaging activities. My favorite part of teaching is helping students who may not love math yet, or are currently struggling in math, to bring them to grade level while watching them grow to love learning. I am also very eager to integrate technology in the classroom. I love being around positive and energizing people and encourage students to cultivate the same positive environment in our classroom. I love traveling, cooking, Clemson football, and spending time with friends and family when I'm not in the classroom.
Adrienne Houston firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Adrienne Houston and I will be the 7th & 8th grade social studies teacher at Riverwalk this year. This is my first year teaching and I am very excited to get started! I have a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Winthrop University. In December, I will graduate with a Master's of Arts in History from Winthrop. I love everything about history but my favorite part is colonial America.
Pam Johnson email@example.com
I graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2004 with a degree in Education and have taught second, third, fourth, and fifth grades. I'm very excited to be teaching middle school math this year as I consider myself to be quite the math nerd! In particular, I love the thrill of seeing the "light bulb come on" when a student suddenly grasps a concept that was previously elusive. I believe that every student can learn given the right resources and environment. I strive to create a loving, safe, and accepting atmosphere in the classroom where students can take risks and encourage one another. I'm a sociable introvert and enjoy the hubbub of active learning sprinkled with frequent doses of introspection, and often incorporate mindfulness activities into my classroom. When I'm not at school, I love reading, knitting, camping, hiking, doing yoga, and spending time with my two daughters.
Tyler Simmons Family and Consumer Sciences firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Tyler Simmons. I graduated from Winthrop University where I received a Bachelors degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Early Childhood Studies. I was born and raised in Rock Hill, South Carolina. I enjoy traveling, attending USC football games, and spending time my dog Tux, who is a Boston Terrier. I am very excited to be a part of the Riverwalk family.
Meaghan Westfall Art email@example.com
My name is Meaghan Westfall, and I am an art teacher at Riverwalk Academy. I recently received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Winthrop University. While working towards my degree I concentrated in sculpture and printmaking. I'm from Columbia, SC and now reside in Rock Hill, SC.
My name is Emily Eakes and I am excited to be the general music teacher at Riverwalk Academy. I completed a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2012 and a Masters of Music Education in 2017 from Winthrop University. I am a graduate of Clover High School where I was a member of the marching band and play the clarinet. I continue to play the clarinet with the Carolinas Wind Orchestra. I am a member of the National Association for Music Educators, South Carolina Music Educators Association, and have recently completed Orff Schulwerk Level 1. I am so excited to be joining the Riverwalk family and I look forward to meeting all my new students and their parents.
Mark Wilson Athletic Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi My name is Mark Wilson, I am the Physical Education teacher here at Riverwalk Academy. I am originally from the state of Michigan but spent 4 years in Indiana at Goshen College playing basketball and earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Education. After spending several years teaching and coaching elementary, middle and high school levels, I furthered my education at Winthrop University here in Rock Hill where I received my Master’s in Physical Education and met my beautiful wife Tessa. Upon graduation here, I spent 6 years starting/building one of the largest and most successful after school/summer camp programs in the Tri County area, The Gold Medal After School Program. I am now excited to be a part of the Riverwalk Family, with my wife and two children, and work with the communities, teachers and families that surround this wonderful, growing institution!
Catherine Griffith Art email@example.com
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!
Carla Sciandra Dance and Color Guard firstname.lastname@example.org
Carla Sciandra has lived in Rock Hill since she was three years old. She graduated with a B. A. in Dance Education with SC K-12 Certification. She has taught color guard since 2005 and dance since 2007. She has worked with several middle and high schools in Rock Hill and Fort Mill. She is very excited to be at Riverwalk Academy! Carla enjoys spending her free time with her five year old pitbull, Zoey.
Karen Laster Physical Education email@example.com
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!
My name is Monty Johnston and I have the privilege to teach robotics, band and to serve as financial secretary. I joined the Riverwalk team in the spring of 2016. I earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Lander University and spent the majority of my working career in performing music, including music director at church since 2010, and running pre-press operations in a print shop.
Jerri Moore Technology firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Jerri Moore and this is my first year being part of the RWA faculty but my second year as a student parent. Last year, I spent a lot of time interacting with teachers and students while assisting with project based learning activities. I was amazed watching the kids excitement, creativity, and encouragement for one another as they worked through their projects. Camping (tent), cooking, and just general family time are a few of my interests. I am thrilled to be among the staff this year to encourage and facilitate the students educational growth.
Brian Wright Music email@example.com
Hello! My name is Brian Wright and I have the pleasure of teaching the upper level chorus for Riverwalk Academy. I started performing at the age of five and received my Bachelors degree in Music from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina in 2013. I have been teaching voice privately for 3 years and have had the opportunity to perform and travel to over 5 countries including: France, Germany, Japan, and Singapore. Zealous, passionate, patient and consistent are just a few words to describe who I am as an educator. I am committed to cultivating an atmosphere that our students are able to effectively and efficiently learn to become their best selves.
“My sons vocal coach BRIAN W. was incredible! Always on time, with the perfect lesson planned, each and every-time. As a top notch performer himself, Brian , not only fine tuned his voice, but all aspects of singing and performing.” -Gregory Palmer, father of voice student, Carson Palmer
Rachel Taylor Technology firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi . My name is Rachel Taylor . I am thrilled to be apart of the Riverwalk Family this year. I'm from Rock Hill and have lived here most of my life. I look forward to being apart of the great things that will happen this year at Riverwalk . I have been married to my amazing husband for a little over a year and I have a beautiful daughter and a chocolate lab named Ruger . In my free time , I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy Mexican food , going to the beach , and going to Clemson football games . Go Tigers!
Learner Support Staff
Tessa Wilson Assistant email@example.com
My name is Tessa Wilson and I am a Kindergarten teacher assistant. I studied Physical Education and Mathematics at Winthrop University and have worked with kids for 10+ years. Teaching has always been my passion and I am excited to make a difference in the lives of students. My husband, Mark, is the PE teacher here at Riverwalk and we have a daughter and son. In our spare time, we enjoy hiking and camping with the kids and running OCR races. I am fortunate and thrilled to be a part of the Riverwalk team!
Iva Willis Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Iva Willis (pronounced Eva), and I am very excited to start my first official year at RWA! My previous employment was in hospitality industry but last year, after volunteering in the classroom, I decided to pursue a full time position and become a part of the Riverwalk family. I fully embrace the project based learning concepts, with unique approaches and rewarding benefits for individual learners. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all the Learners and Parents soon!
Hello! My name is Shemekia Robinson. I am a First Grade Assistant. I am entering into my seventeenth year in public education. Thirteen of those years were with Rock Hill School District 3, three were with Lexington School District 3, and I am looking forward to my first year at Riverwalk Academy. I live in Clover, South Carolina with my husband. We have two daughters. My hobbies are reading, traveling, and shopping.
Hello, my name is Angela Hollingsworth. I am a 1st grade teacher assistant here at Riverwalk. I have worked for several years in Education. The past 2 years, I have been a substitute teacher within the Clover School District. My husband and I have been married for 11 years, and live in Clover with our 2 wonderful children and a dog. I look forward to working with the 1st grade teachers and your child.
Jacquelyn Hall Assistant email@example.com
My name is Jacquelyn Hall. For more than 20 years, I have been employed in various positions in the field of education. It is my desire to help young learners acquire an education, but more importantly, to better understand their place in society. I began as a substitute teacher at Riverwalk Academy but am now assisting with Kindergarten. I am happy to be a part of RWA!
Hi! My name is Heather Crimm and I am a kindergarten assistant. This is my second year with Riverwalk and I love it! It has been a joy getting to know the students and watching them grow. My husband and I have been married for 17 years and we have three wonderful sons. We enjoy spending time with family and going to all the boys sporting events. They keep us busy!
Taryn Clark Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, my name is Taryn Clark and I am a Teacher's Assistant here at Riverwalk Academy. I have been married for 11 years and I have three wonderful children who are all attending Riverwalk Academy this year. As a family we have been with Riverwalk since the beginning. I am so excited to be on staff this year and work with the children to make it the best year ever! I look forward to meeting the kids and the parents.