Meet Our Staff

Meet the staff of The South Carolina Preparatory Leadership School.

Leadership Team

Jamie Brumer-Clemons

Chief Executive Officer

Jamie is the Chief Executive Officer for Reason & Republic. She brings two decades of education experience as a classroom teacher and administrator, non-profit leader, and charter school operational leader.

Jamie comes to R&R from Franklin Academy, a six-school charter organization in South Florida, where she led all school operations. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University in Sociology and a Master of Science in Education from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Kelly Griffis

Director of Educational Services

Kelly is the Director of Educational Services for Reason & Republic. Her experience as an educator includes being a classroom teacher, assistant principal, adjunct professor, special services coordinator, and charter school principal. Dr. Griffis’ has had the opportunity to work in various educational settings including charter schools, public schools, and private schools.

Kelly believes in the importance of educational excellence. Her desire to improve upon her educational practice has led her to obtain a bachelor’s in psychology and education, a master’s in special education, an educational specialist degree in school leadership and a doctorate in school administration. Kelly and her husband live in Fair Play, SC where her husband is a pastor and owns a non-profit for at-risk youth in the area. They have three children and five grandchildren.

Administration

Ashley Snider

Middle Level Assistant Principal

I am honored to accept the role as the new Middle Level Assistant Principal and join The SC Preparatory Leadership School school community. I look forward to supporting Dr. Griffis in continuing to grow this outstanding school community as well as serving our dedicated and talented faculty, staff, students, and families.

I’ve been committed to education for the past eleven years serving as a general education teacher at both the elementary and middle levels and most recently as a mathematics instructional coach. It is my desire that this new role will continue to allow me to make a positive impact on the lives of teachers, students, and families across the state of South Carolina.

My husband, Cody, and I live in Anderson with our four daughters: Emily, who is eight; Mary Grace, who is six; Lillian, who is four; and Abigail, who just turned one. In our free time, we enjoy golf cart rides, being outside, going to the beach, and Clemson football.

Jim Van Hooser

High School Assistant Principal

It is my pleasure to partner with all of you at SC Prep. I am thrilled to be a part of such a unique culture. I am a firm believer in the classical model of education. As your High School Assistant Principal, my goal is to see all of our students and staff succeed.

I have taught social studies, science, physical education, and all levels of mathematics. I have been a teacher, coach, assistant principal, director of curriculum and instruction, and a principal in my years in education. I received my undergraduate degree in Mathematical Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and my Masters in Educational Leadership from Walden University. My wife Chrissy and I have been married 33 years and have two grown children, Hannah and Michael. My passion currently is reading and spending time with my two amazing dogs, Nala and Minnie. Thank you for the opportunity to serve here at SC Prep!

Office Staff

Mrs. Nicole Stroud

Office Manager

Hi, everyone! I am Nicole Stroud, Office Manager at SC Prep! I have worked in office administration for 8 years and 6 years as a Certified Medical Biller.

I have been married to my husband Brandon for 10 years and we have 3 boys, Kaden (9), Jameson (7) and Elijah (2). We are licensed foster parents and currently have a 4 month old little boy! In our free time we like spend time outside at the beach or on the lake.

Ms. Heather Wood

Student Success Specialist

Hello! I am excited to be a part of the SC Prep Academy to help engage with students and families to prepare a roadmap to success! My family and I live on a farm in Upstate SC. In my free time I enjoy watching my kids play sports, traveling to the beach and mountains and touring real estate!

Libby Ashworth

Registrar

Hello! It has been a blessing to join the administration team at South Carolina Preparatory Leadership School! Working with children and families is my passion and I am excited to begin the next chapter of my career with this amazing organization.

My husband and I have been married for 17 years and have two beautiful daughters. I also have a bonus son whom has given me two precious grandchildren. In our free time, you can find us at the softball field, fishing, hunting, or just soaking up the sun…we enjoy the beauty of the outdoors!

Special Services

McKenzie Moules

Director of Special Education

Hello everyone! My name is McKenzie Moules, but my friends just call me Kenzi 😊 I am so excited to get to work as the Director of Special Education. I graduated from Anderson University in 2018 with a degree in Special Education: Multi-Categorical. In December of 2020, I graduated with my M.Ed. in Special Education Intervention. I have been teaching special education in the self-contained setting for going on 5 years.

During the fall, my time is spent on the sidelines or at competitions coaching cheerleading at my alma mater, T.L. Hanna High School. In the fall, you can typically catch me at the ball field, as my fiancé (as of December 3rd) is a baseball coach at Anderson University. We have a fur baby, Remmy, and a nephew, Jaxon, that we love spending time with!

Molly Burdette

Special Education

Hey everyone! My name is Molly Burdette! I am an Anderson, SC native. I graduated from North Greenville University with a bachelors in Education and Psychology. As a special education teacher, I have taught in the self contained, resource, and inclusion settings. When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my family, loving on my fur babies, or spending time at a football game or cheer competition as a TL Hanna cheer coach. I am so excited to work with SC Prep this school year!

Sarah Stephens

Special Education

I’m thrilled to be joining the SC Prep team! I have been teaching special education for 8 years and have been serving special needs individuals of all ages since I was young girl. I live with my husband and our two beautiful children in Upstate SC where we were born and raised. We love spending time together as a family doing just about anything!

Stephanie Bell

Special Education

I am so thrilled to be joining the SC Prep Team this year. This will be my third year of teaching Special Education. I spent my first two years teaching middle school self-contained and high-school academic enrichment. I am from Gaffney, SC originally, but have relocated to Aiken, SC. My husband and I are expecting our first baby boy Colter Jason in August. I am so excited for this new adventure and can’t wait to work with you all this year.

ELA Department

Mr. James Harris

ELA Department

  • Involved in education since 1989
  • Elementary School, Middle School, and High School
  • Philadelphia, PA; Southern Maryland; Gävle, Sweden
  • U.S. Navy – VFA-147, U.S.S. Nimitz, U.S.S. Carl Vinson
  • Certification in Secondary Ed, Mathematics and History
  • Married 25 years to Kamilla
  • 3 children Isaiah, Emma, and Grace + Maggie the dog

Gregory Taylor

10th Grade English

Hi, Everyone! I am thrilled to be a part of SC Prep! As a self-proclaimed nerd, I love everything in English: literature, writing, and the ever-dreaded grammar!

English is an exciting and engaging subject that finds its way into every other subject.

When not reading (or grading!), I work on my family farm, do activities with and for my church, and spend as much time as I can with my family.

I have a BA in English, a Master of Teaching English, and an MBA in Finance.

I firmly believe in life-long learning, and look forward to learning with you and from you this school year!

Mr. Joel Matthew Picher

High School English

Hello to All! I will be teaching 11th and 12th grade English this year and am excited to see each of my students grow throughout these coming semesters. This is my 15th year teaching and am ecstatic about being with SC Preparatory Leadership School and teaching through a classical approach.

I have taught in WNC as well as the upstate of South Carolina ranging from middle school through high school. I have been married for 26 years, and I have found marriage to be like education: Every day we have an opportunity to grow in a positive way.

My curiosities are far and wide, but my interests are mindfulness, astronomy, cycling, hiking, photography, flying, mycology, reading and researching, and WRITING, especially.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”
– MLK Jr.

Mrs. Lauren Gee

6th Grade ELA

  • Recently married
  • From Atlanta, Ga.
  • 14-year-old daughter
  • Plays with food
  • Loves Halloween
  • Big fan of coffee & reading
  • Amateur blogger
  • Socializes well with others
  • Humorously awkward
  • Will work for chocolate

Adrienne Powers

ELA Department

Hello everyone!

I have been teaching middle school and high school English for over fourteen years. I have also taught dual credit English for several years. I have my bachelor’s degree in sociology and education. I also have my master’s degree in education, plus 21 graduate hours in English.

I am originally from New England, but my family and I have been living in South Carolina for over a decade. We moved to the Upstate about two years ago and lived in the Charleston area before that.

I have four boys ranging in age from 18 to 30 years old. They are my pride and joy!

I enjoy all things literature! My favorite authors are Charlotte Bronte, Ray Bradbury, George Orwell, and Charles Dickens.

As a teacher, it is my goal to teach, inspire, and encourage my students to understand that they are capable of achieving great things and accomplishing their goals. I also hope to instill in my students a love for literature and the ability to write well and effectively.

I am so excited to be joining SC Prep, and I am looking forward to a great year!

History Department

Jonathan Baity

Social Studies Teacher

Greetings everyone! I’ve been teaching history for 10 years in public and private schools (7 years in Florida and 3 in South Carolina) . I’m a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle where I earned a BA in History. My lovely wife Samantha and I are coming up on 15 years of marriage. We have 4 kids – Ambrose (11), Benjamin (9), Edith (4), and baby Luke (1). Our hands are full and things are always bustling at the Baity home, but we’re having a good time!

I enjoy reading, writing, hiking, board games, good music, spending time with family and friends, a nice cuppa tea, good conversation, and all things JRR Tolkien! Looking forward to working with you all!

Mr. Marty Papet

Social Studies Teacher (7th, 8th, 9th Grades)

Greetings! My name is Marty Papet. I’m very much looking forward to teaching Social Studies at SCPrep during the upcoming academic year. I am a second career educator, having first served for over 26 years as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy, before retiring from active duty in 2007. I am a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (B.S. in Political Science), the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (M.S. in Information Technology Management) and Liberty University where I earned both an M. Ed and Ed. S. I have taught a variety of middle and high school courses at schools in Virginia, Florida and South Carolina.

My wife (Sharyn) and I live in Simpsonville, South Carolina. We have four grown married children, eight grandchildren, and a 16 year-old daughter who we adopted from China as an infant. We enjoy a variety of “extra-curricular” activities, to include travel, visiting our children/grandchildren, gardening, reading, church activities and evening walks. Finally, we have two pugs (Pippa and Bella), whose company we very much enjoy.

Samantha Gimon

History Teacher

Hi, I am Samantha Gimon, soon to be Samantha Hines! I am very excited to join the SC Prep community on this new adventure! I am originally from Virginia (NOVA) but am relocating after my wedding in June. I have been teaching Middle School Social Studies for 2 years in person. I started my career in the middle of COVID and it has been a wild ride. I graduated with my Bachelors in History with a secondary teaching license from Marymount University in 2021 then transitioned straight into my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Applied Behavioral Analysis and graduated in December 2022. I have been an athlete my entire life, running competitively since i can remember! I started coaching my middle school team and have lead both the girls and boys team to the championship! I am excited to start this new adventure and join the SC Prep family!

Math Department

Lee Carter

6th Grade Math

I am excited to be joining SC Prep for the 2023-2024 school year! This will be my 16th year of teaching overall. I taught four years in Georgia, teaching 6th grade Math and History (so this is a return to my first subject!). Since marrying my wife, Paige, in 2012, I have taught middle school in Anderson1. I taught 7th grade math, then 7th grade world history, then worked as a math interventionist to help with COVID gaps, and finally am teaching a reading support class this year.

My wife and I have four children, all adopted. My oldest daughter graduates from high school in 2023, while I will have an 8th grader and 6th grader at SC Prep next year and a 5th grader attending online school as well. I believe that SC Prep promises to be a much better learning experience for their character development than was the brick-and-mortar school, and I also believe that the classical model will challenge them in thinking and overall rigor.

My interests outside of teaching are spending time with my family and travelling, working out, reading and drinking coffee, being involved with my church (it is a new church plant!), and starting work on a PhD in History online…

Yara Butler

Middle School Math

Hi Team! I am Yara Butler and ecstatic to join the 2023-2024 SC Prep community of teachers! I am originally from the Charlotte, North Carolina area, and I received my BA In Middle School Mathematics from UNC Charlotte. Teaching Middle School Math is my LOVE! I had the great opportunity to teach and tutor in a growing town right outside of Charlotte for over 12 years.

My husband is from Saluda, SC so after we were married in 2015. I moved out of the big city to our awesome small town and little farm located in Chappells, SC. We have 2 amazing fur babies, Buster and Cooper, that we rescued and they are our world!

In my spare time, you can find my husband and me outside working in the yard, gardening, hunting, fishing, skeet shooting, and traveling. My everyday go-to is exercising of any kind. One of my hobbies that I love to do when I have time is painting on different mediums and leading paint parties.

This year will be my 21st year teaching Middle School Math and I am excited to meet you all as well as my students!

 

Tracy Williams

Math Department

Hello SC Prep Families. I am Tracy Williams and teach math. I am excited to get to know you and here is a little bit about me. I love math and hope to share that with all my students. I have children that live mainly in Colorado and Arizona. I visit them often and we enjoy being in nature, ball games, going out to eat, intellectual conversations and more. I also love walking with my dog Charlie. We walk often up to five miles a day. It is along a beautiful creek where I also get to see birds, muskrats, and more. I look forward to seeing you soon and learning math!

Adam Mahdavi

6th & 7th Grade Math

Hello, I am Mr. Mahdavi. I am honored to be apart of the SC Prep team. My wife and I live in the midlands area in South Carolina with our daughter. I’ve earned an Accounting Payroll Specialist certificate from Midlands Technical College and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Middle Level Education from the University of South Carolina. I am excited to be a chain of reason that links students to the wonders and discoveries of Mathematics. I am excited about all things classical education, especially advancing the classical approach to mathematics and logic through Euclidian geometry and deductive reasoning.

Lou Ann Ellenburg

8th Grade Math & Algebra 1

Hello! I am so excited to be joining SC Prep and look forward to meeting everyone and working together to challenge and encourage our students in their educational pursuits!

I have a BS in Elementary Education from Bob Jones University and a Masters degree in Technology and Online Education from Liberty University. I just finished my 16th year in Pickens County teaching 7th and 8th grade math as well as Algebra 1. This will be my 2nd year to teach virtually and I’m excited to get started.

I live in Easley with my husband. We have two sons, a daughter-in-love, and one granddaughter. In my free time I enjoy woodworking, spending time with friends and family, and camping.

Life is an adventure and I look forward to starting this next adventure at SC Prep!

Science Department

Miranda Allen

Science

Hello everyone! My name is Miranda Allen and I am very excited to be joining SC Prep this school year! I have been teaching high school science for 12 years and enjoy the opportunity to ignite curiosity and foster a sense of wonder in science for students. My husband and I live in Conway, SC with our daughter McKenna. We love the beach, Gamecocks, traveling, and spending time with our family and friends. I look forward to working with the SC Prep community and students this year!

Tina Morris

Science

Hi Everyone!

I went to UNC – Chapel Hill and majored in Biology and Psychology. Then I went to ECU and earned a Master’s in Science Education. While at ECU I worked for a research lab with fish! I finished my studies at App State where I studied Ecological Biology. While there I completed my thesis on animal behavior and mate choice by studying blue birds in the wild!

I have been teaching high school for 10 years. I have taught Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Comparative Evolutionary Biology, Chemistry, Marine Science, and Physical Science.

I love the ocean and all its’ amazing creatures! I SCUBA dive every chance I get and have worked for two different aquariums. I also like to do arts and crafts on cold or rainy days; I make quilts from scratch and I scrapbook and paint. I have two dogs who I like to spend ALL my free time with!

Mrs. Claire Jones

Science

Hello! I’m Claire Jones and very excited to be joining SC Prep! I graduated from USC with a bachelors in Elementary Education! I have my gifted and talented and middle level add ons! I also received a masters degree in Educational Leadership from Clemson University! I have taught 6th grade science and ProTeam for the past eight years!

I’m married to my wonderful husband Garrett and we have two beautiful daughters, Charlotte (3) and Neely (3 months)! I love reading, spending time at the lake with my family, cheering for the Gamecocks, and baking!

Mrs. Jennifer Monroe

Science

Hello everyone! I am Jennifer Monroe and I am beyond excited to be joining the SC Prep team! I graduated from Columbia College with a bachelors in Elementary Education. I also have a gifted and talented endorsement. The past several years, I have been enjoying teaching 6th grade science. I look forward to working with the Science team at SC Prep!

I live in Lexington, South Carolina. I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Matt, for 28 years. We have two beautiful daughters who are both grown and on their own. We also have a Doberman named Jax; he is such a goofball but so lovable! My husband and I enjoy traveling and plan to explore new places each summer!

Mrs. Anna Coleman

Science

Hello! My name is Anna Coleman and I have been teaching for 13 years, For the past 6 years, I have specialized in virtual teaching. I am a passionate educator and a lifelong learner. I hold a Master’s degree in Special Education, I am a National Board Certified Teacher, have an endorsement in Gifted and Talented Education, and I am currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership in Administration and Supervision.

Witnessing the incredible transformation of my students as they embark on their educational journey is a constant source of inspiration for me. The joy that fills my heart when I see their eyes light up with understanding and their confidence soar is truly indescribable.

I live in Greenville, South Carolina. I have been married to my husband, Miles for 13 years and we have four amazing children. We love our bernese mountain dog, Stella. I love to go hiking with my family, tubing on the lake during the summer, and traveling.

Guidance Department

Oshay Davenport

Lead School Counselor

Hello, I am excited to be joining the SC Preparatory Leadership School team. This is my fourth year in education and I currently live in Spartanburg, SC. I am a graduate of Charleston Southern University and the Citadel. In my free time I can be found coaching Track and Field at Spartanburg High School. I am looking forward to a great semester.

Cassandra Breland

School Counselor

Greetings! My name is Cassandra Breland. I am ecstatic to join the SC Prep family! I’ve been in education for a total of 14 years. Throughout my educational career, I served as a Business Education Teacher, Teacher Cadet Instructor, and a Middle/High School Counselor. I am a graduate of the University of West Alabama with a Master of Education in School Counseling. I also received a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. I have been married to my husband (an educator and coach) for a total of 16 years. We have two precious children, Ava (16 years old), and James Jr (11 years old).

Alexandra “Lexi” Smith

School Counselor

Hey guys! I’m thrilled to join the SC Prep family! My name is Lexi and I recently moved from Colorado with my husband and two wonderful dogs, Bear and Mikey.

This is my fifth year as a school counselor. I graduated from Husson University in Maine. I have worked in both the high school and elementary school setting.

When I’m not working you can find me in the mountains hiking and camping. I love to be outdoors exploring new places.

I look forward to meeting you all!

Student Engagement Specialist

Paula McNeil-Shelby

Academic Coach

Greetings,

I am Dr. Paula McNeil-Shelby and I have been in education for over 30 years. I have taught on every educational level, and this will be my 1st year working at SC Prep as an Academic Coach and a Physical Educator.

I attained a B.S. degree in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance and a Master’s Degree in Adapted Physical Education from North Carolina A. & T. State University. I also attained a doctoral degree in Sport Management from The Florida State University.

As the Academic Coach, I am extremely passionate about helping our youth with graduating from middle school, high school, and assisting them with their career readiness. So, I cannot wait to get started with this 2023-2024 school year!

Currently, I live in Blythewood, SC with my son CJ Shelby. My son is a college student athlete (basketball player) and a church musician. I love to spend all of my time with my son and working in ministry.

Our quote at New Hope is “a fun and creative investment in our youth’s education will gain their interest!”

Dawn Wisniewski

Academic Coach P27 Baseball Academy

I have been serving as an academic advisor at P27 Baseball Academy for 4 years. This is my first year to be officially on staff at SC Prep. Previously, I was a Youth Minister at Lexington Church of Christ. I have a Master of Divinity from Lipscomb University and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Microbiology from University of Florida. I am married with three grown children. I have a sweet golden retriever puppy. I love to work out. And I am a huge Florida Gator fan.

Bailey Pardue

Student Engagement Specialist

I am so excited to join the SES team here at SC Prep. I cannot wait to start helping students and motivate them to put their best foot forward.

I have been married for two years to my wonderful husband Blake. We have an angel baby, Blaze, who we lost February 15th, 2022 and our rainbow baby, Knoxly, who was born June 21st, 2023. We also have two fur babies, Luna and Lady.

As a new mom free time is mostly at night after Knoxly is asleep, but with that time I enjoy cuddling up on the couch with a book or my Kindle and reading.

The phrase “Running on Jesus and Coffee” is the most accurate representation of my life since having Knoxly, but I would not trade a single minute of it.

Annemarie Dodgens

Student Engagement Specialist

I am so excited to be joining SC Prep Academy! I have worked in special education and kindergarten for a total of 8 years. I look forward to continuing to make a positive impact in the lives of students and their families.

I live in Starr, SC. I have been married to my husband Rick for 32 years. We have a daughter Bailey (26) and a son-in-law Blake who are expecting their rainbow baby in June. Our son Jed (16) keeps us busy with his love of shooting skeet, trap, and sporting clays.

Michael Childers

Student Engagement Specialist

I am very honored and blessed to be joining SC Prep as a student engagement specialist. My passion for mentoring and motivating young people is something I look forward to!

I’m currently a youth director at my church where I teach age groups from the age of 14 to the early 20’s! In my free time, I like to play golf and root for my favorite team the Clemson Tigers! I live in Fairplay, South Carolina, and I am married to the love of my life and we share a beautiful two year old daughter named Brooklyn. And I am very excited that my wife Claire is pregnant with our second child!

CTE Teachers

Sara Thompson

CTE Career and Tech Ed

Hello colleagues! I am looking forward to getting to know you and share in this opportunity to teach with SC Prep. I have been teaching for 17 years as a special education teacher, elementary teacher, STEAM teacher, and most recently a CTE teacher for the middle school grades. I am a graduate of Purdue University along with my two older sons. My youngest son is starting middle school this school year so we have exciting things ahead of us. I currently live in Beaufort and enjoy low country living. In my spare time, my family likes to get outside and visit with family in the upstate and Jacksonville.

April Brooks

CTE-Career and Technical Education

I am very excited to join the faculty and staff of SC Preparatory Leadership School. I am from Charleston, South Carolina and have been in education for 15 years. I have 10 years as a classroom CTE teacher and CTE Department Chair, 2 years as an Advanced Placement Coordinator, Testing Coordinator and Work-Based Learning Coordinator and most recently 3 years as an Assistant Principal for a Career Center. I am a National Board Certified Career and Technical Education Teacher with a Bachelor of Science in Management and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership.

I am married to a retired United States Marine with whom I had the opportunity to move around our country for 20 years and finally return home to Charleston. We have two children and three grandchildren. I enjoy boating, camping, tailgating and football as well as doing the state dance; the Carolina Shag.

Jumala Lloyd

CTE-Career and Technical Education

I am ecstatic to be given the opportunity to work at SC Prep. I am from Dillon, SC, and I have been in education for 6 years. I got my Bachelors degree in Marketing from Winthrop University and my Masters in Higher Education Administration. I have been married for 10 years and we have a dog named Saint. I enjoy traveling, racing horses, and shopping. We spend a lot of time attending sporting events.

Ms. Larissa Thompson

CTE-Career and Technical Education

I am elated at the opportunity to join SC Preparatory Leadership School. I am from Chester, SC and I have been in education for 11 years. I have worked in early childhood education and as well as a CTE Instructor at the high school level. I am engaged with two 11-year-old children and a dog named Mocha. In my free time, I coach Varsity Cheerleading at Chester High School and travel. I have a bachelors from Winthrop University in Family and Consumer Sciences with a minor in early intervention services. I also have two Master Degrees from Winthrop University one in Curriculum and Instruction through Technology and the other Educational Leadership. I look forward to a great year with SC Prep Academy!

Tim Baynard

Music & CTE Teacher

Hello, I will be joining SC Prep this year after teaching in Lexington School District One for the past 6 years as an online music teacher and as an assistant band director at Lexington High School. I have an amazing wife of 12 years named Laurie who is also an incredible flutist, and we are blessed with 3 kids – Abigail who is 7, Emily who is 5, and Levi who is 3. We have lived in Connecticut and South Carolina and recently moved to a peach farm in Johnston, SC. We love to spend time playing outside, going to the mountains, fixing up our 98 year old house, and serving God with our church community.

I am greatly looking forward to beginning this journey teaching with SC Prep!

Foreign Languages

Mrs. Soto-Kiemele

Spanish 1, 2 & 3

I am excited to be joining the faculty of the South Carolina Prep Academy as a full time Spanish teacher this fall! My husband, John and I moved from Colorado to South Carolina a year ago. We currently live in the “lowcountry” of our state, close to Hilton Head Island, near the town of Bluffton, SC. My husband and I have three grown children – two of whom will be getting married in the next year! I have a little dog named “Bravo,” I love to travel, hike and enjoy living close to the beach.

I am originally from Mexico and came to the U.S. when I was 11 years old. Although all of my immediate family lives in Arizona, I still have many relatives in Mexico.

I went to college in Arizona, and have a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor’s in education K-12 from the University of Arizona in Tucson. I have been a teacher for 25 years and the last 15 years, I have taught Spanish at the high school level. During that time, I taught both basic and advanced levels.

Support Staff

Ashli Simpson

Digital Learning Coach

I am so excited to be joining SC Prep and such an amazing organization in this capacity. I earned a bachelors degree in elementary education from Clemson University in 2009. After gaining some experience and realizing my passion for educational technology, I obtained a graduate degree in Instructional Technology from Gardner-Webb University. I have taught 8th, 7th, 5th, and 3rd grade.

My husband and I reside in Abbeville. SC with our three children. Chase (15), Brailynne (14), and Drayson (3). As a family we enjoy spending time at the lake. camping. and being involved with our church. I also enjoy decorating, shopping, and weddings. I started decorating and directing weddings about ten years ago and I continue to do them today. I am looking forward to getting to know and working alongside each one of you.