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Administrative Team



  
Dan Blanch
Head of School
 
Education
M.S., Administration, Loyola University
B.S., Secondary Education, Social Studies
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Wilson Language Training
 
Professional
ECENC State Advisory Committee
The Dyslexia Foundation, Member
Sage School Board
 
Fun Fact
I traveled to South Africa to study the dyslexic brain.

Stephen Cook, C/OGA
Division Head of Middle School
 
Education
Master of Divinity, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Master of Arts in Teaching, Special Education, Converse College
B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, Covenant College
Certified Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing Training
 
Fun Fact
I became a U.S. Citizen in 2008, have spent time training teachers in Iraq, and enjoy training German Shepherds, smoking BBQ, and taking Tung Soo Do with triplets.

Suzanna Greer, Fellow/OGA
Head of Orton-Gillingham Training and Instruction
Division Head of Primary School
 
Education
M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, Furman University
B.A., History, University of South Carolina
Fellow Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing Training
Lindamood-Bell LiPS Training
 
Fun Fact
I love to travel and once flew faster than the speed of sound aboard the Concorde.

Daniel Nichols
Operations Manager
 
Education
A.A., Video Production, Art Institute of Atlanta, magna cum laude
Certification in Information Technology, MCP, Linux/Unix, and Network Administration
 
Fun Fact
I love keeping my computer screen squeaky clean.

Allison Rogers
Head of Institutional Advancement
 
Education
B.S. cum laude, Radio-Television-Film, Indiana State University
Essential Grant Skills Certification
 
Fun Fact
In my former life as a TV news reporter/anchor, I have had many adventures such as flying with Chuck Yeager and interviewing Madeline Albright.

Chris Smith, OGCE/OGA
Academic Dean
 
Education
M.S., Education, Walden University
B.S., Education, University of Maine at Orono
Classroom Educator Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Certified Training Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
Fun Fact
I have raised, tagged, and released hundreds of Monarch butterflies in my teaching career.

Zak Stoudenmire
Division Head of Lower School
 
Education
B.S., Literature, Clemson University
Associate Level Coursework,Orton-Gillingham Academy
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Training
 
Fun Fact
I can swim the field at the former Camperdown site in under 50 seconds

 

Support Staff


Meg Coffey, OGCE/OGA
Data & Alumni Relations Coordinator
 
Education
B.A., History, University of Northern Colorado
Classroom Educator Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
Professional
Presenter, International Dyslexia Association conference
 
Fun Fact
I am a soccer fanatic, so much so, that I planned a birthday trip to France for the 2019 Women's World Cup.

Kate Franch
Outreach & Grants Coordinator
 
Education
M.A., Public Administration, University of Florida
B.A. cum laude, Special Education, University of Florida
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
First Aid/CPR Training
 
Professional
Motheread/Fatheread Instructor/Storyteller
 
Fun Fact
I earned my Junior Parachute Wings by leaping from the jump towers at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Pat Golus
Administrative Assistant
 
Education
B.S., Biology, Edinboro University
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
First Aid/CPR Training
 
Fun Fact
When I’m not at Camperdown you can often find me on a disc golf course.

Terrianne Hawks, FIT/OGA
Head Tutor for Lower School
 
Education
M.Ed., English, Bob Jones University
B.S., Communication Disorders, Bob Jones University
B.A., English, Bob Jones University
Certified Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Fellow-In-Training, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing Training
 
Fun Fact In my spare time, I enjoy reading, running, and Face Timing with my family overseas.

Keri Knisley, OGCE/OGA
Director of Outplacement
Middle School Math Teacher
 
Education

B.S., Elementary Education, Bob Jones University
Classroom Educator Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Fun Fact I once swam in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans all in the same summer!

Lisa McGinnity
Business Office
 
Education
B.S., Business, University of Missouri
Quickbooks Training
 
Fun Fact
I am a motorcycle babe!

Christine Smith, FIT/OGA
Head Tutor for Middle School
 
Education
B.A., University of South Carolina
Certified Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Fellow-In-Training, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing Training
Fun Fact In my former life, I had my own advertising agency.

Becky Zawadzki
Director of Admissions
 
Education
M.S., Communication Disorders, University of Kentucky
B.S., Hearing, Speech & Language Sciences, Ohio University
 
Fun Fact
In college, I was an eight-time Mid-American Conference champion in swimming.  I have three boys, and my oldest sons attend Camperdown.

 

Faculty

 

 
Susan Adams
Tutor
 
 
Education
M.S., Education, Eastern Illinois University
B.S., Education, Eastern Illinois University
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Professional
 
Elementary Education & Special Education with emphasis in Learning Disabilities certificates
 
 
Fun Fact
I used to teach at the Churchill School in St. Louis, Missouri.  I am working on a 500-hour yoga instructor training.
 

 
Elisa Auger
Middle School Math Teacher
 
 
Education
B.S., Elementary Education, with minor in Biology, Presbyterian College
 
 
Professional
South Carolina Elementary and Middle School Teaching Certifications
 
 
Fun Fact
I love games and crafting.
 

 
Becky Brown, A/OGA
Tutor
 
 
Education
M.S. and Specialist Degree, School Psychology, Winthrop University
B.S., Special Education: Learning Disabilities, Appalachian State University
Associate Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Fun Fact
Two of my three children have attended Camperdown Academy.
 

 
Jeremy Bullinger, OGCE/OGA
Middle School Science Teacher
Camp Creekside Director
 
 
Education
B.A., Mathematics, Houghton College
Classroom Educator Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Makerbot Training
 
 
Professional Certified Archery Instructor
 
 
Fun Fact I love photography and strategy games.  

 
Julie Bullinger
Tutor
 
 
Education
M.A., Spanish Language Teaching, Southern Oregon University
B.A. cum laude, Secondary Education and Spanish Linguistics, Houghton College
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Fun Fact I lived in México the first eight years of my life.  

 
Sharon Calvino, M.S., CCC-SLP
Learning Specialist
 
 
Education
M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, Western Kentucky University
B.S., Communication Disorders, Bob Jones University
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Lindamood-Bell Visualizing & Verbalizing Training
 
 
Professional
Clinical Certificate of Competence, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
 
 
Fun Fact
I love art, including water-color painting and bookbinding.  I have a niece and a nephew with dyslexia.
 

 
Suzette Campbell
Middle School Math Teacher
Tutor
 
 
Education
M.A., Elementary Education, Wingate University
B.S., Elementary Education, Wingate University
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Fun Fact My husband proposed to me almost 25 years ago on top of Mount Yasur, a very loud, active volcano in Vanuatu.  

 
Diana Carey, C/OGA
Middle School Literature Teacher
Tutor
 
 
Education
B.S., Elementary Education, Bob Jones University
Certified Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Wilson Language Training
 
 
Fun Fact
I love to scrapbook and have half a room in my house devoted to scrapbooking. I am also an avid collector of Dept. 56 Dickens Village.
 

 
Myrtie Carter
A Group Teacher
 
 
Education
B.S., Special Education/Elementary Education, Middle Tennessee State University
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
 
Fun Fact
I earned Honor Thespian and won Best Minor Actress in the state of Tennessee my senior year of high school.
 

 
Ann Copeland, OGCE/OGA
Middle School Math Teacher
 
 
Education
B.S., Mathematics, Furman University
Classroom Educator Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Professional
Augustine Literacy Project Tutor
 
 
Fun Fact
I bleed Cubbie blue!
 

 
Margaret Covington, A/OGA
Tutor
 
 
Education
B.S., Education, East Tennessee State University
Associate Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Professional
Elementary Education in Language Arts: Grades 4-9 Certification
Social Studies: Grades 7-9 Certification
Special Education: Grades K-12 Certification
 
 
Fun Fact I have two grandchildren who I love to the moon and back.  

 
Alicia Neal Dykes
Lower School Music, Art, and Drama Teacher
Tutor
 
 
Education
B.A., Early Childhood Education, Clemson University
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Professional
South Carolina Teaching Certification
 
 
Fun Fact I was a three sport letterman in high school.  I love to travel to new places as much as I can, but sitting on the beach with my sweetie is my favorite place to be.  

 
Dawnena Darnall
Tutor
 
 
Education
B.A., Communications / Public Relations, Brigham Young University
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Fun Fact
I lived in Santiago, Chile for two and a half years.
 

 
Chana Fletcher, A/OGA
Lower School Literature Teacher
Tutor
 
 
Education
Master of Elementary Education, University of South Carolina
B.A., Elementary Education, University of South Carolina Upstate
Associate Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Fun Fact When I was a teenager, I marched with the Salvation Army Band in the Cotton Bowl Parade.  My instrument was a timbral.  

 
Meghan Forest
C Group Teacher
 
 
Education
B.A., Deaf Education, Fontbonne University
M.A., Early Intervention, Fontbonne University
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Lindamood-Bell LiPS Training
 
 
 
 
 
Fun Fact
I got to dance in the outfield of Busch Stadium right before an MLB baseball game.
 

 
Deana Gasque
Cognitive Training
Tutor
 
 
Education
MBA, Clemson University
B.S., Business Administration, College of Charleston
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Arrowsmith Training
 
 

Professional

Augustine Literacy Project Tutor  
Fun Fact I helped bring the Arrowsmith Cognitive Classroom Program to Camperdown in 2011 so that my dyslexic son could benefit. Please ask me about it. I love sharing my son's success story!  

 
Nancy Hogan
Tutor
 
 
Education
M.Ed., Severe Special Education, Westfield State College
B.A., History, Farifield University
Coursework for 6th-year degree in Special Education Technology, University of Connecticut
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Fun Fact
I helped found a Center for Assistive Technology while living in Massachusetts.
 

 
Grace Hyde
Middle School Social Studies Teacher
 
Education
B.A., History, Bob Jones University
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
 
 
 Fun Fact
I'm an outgoing introvert - I love being with people, but recharge with solitude, music, and reading.
 

 
Catherine Kaufmann, OGCE/OGA
Am Group Teacher
 
 
Education

B.S., Elementary Education, Clemson University
Post Graduate, South Carolina Reading Initiative, USC
Classroom Educator Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy

 
Fun Fact I play the cello, love to quilt, and am an avid Crossfit athlete.  
       

 
Daniel McDuffie
Lower School Social Studies / ELA Teacher
Tutor
 
 
Education
B.A., Communication, College of Charleston
B.A., Business Administration, College of Charleston 
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Professional
Teaching Certifications, University of Western Florida: K-6, P.E. K-12, and Humanities 6-12
MYP Individuals and Societies Certification
IGCSE History Levels I and II Certifications
 
 
  Fun Fact In my free time, I enjoy cooking, hiking, and playing with my dog.  

 
Dana Newell
Tutor
 
 
Education
B.A., English, University of South Carolina
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
 
 
Fun Fact
My ideal day off would include sitting on a beach, reading a book, and listening to a college football game.  

 
Susan Newton, OGCE/OGA
Lower School Math Teacher
Standardized Testing Coordinator
 
 
Education
B.S., Elementary Education, College of Charleston
Classroom Educator Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Fun Fact I have worked at Camperdown since 1991!  Some of the jobs I have had at CA are painter, builder, secretary, and coach.  

 
Angela Peters
C Group Teacher
 
 
Education
M.A., Professional Counseling, Liberty University
Master of Arts in Teaching, Special Education, Liberty University
B.S., Psychology, Liberty University
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Lindamood-Bell LiPS Training
 
 
Professional
Special Education: Multicategorical Certification
Middle School Social Studies Certification
 
 
Fun Fact
I enjoy kickboxing and going to the beach.
 

 
Ashlynn Powell
Am Group Teacher
Tutor
 
 
Education
B.A., Early Childhood Education, Presbyterian College
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Behavior Tools Training
Lindamood-Bell LiPS Training
 
 
 
 
Fun Fact
I played college soccer at Presbyterian College.  And, I attended Camperdown from 2004 to 2009.
 

 
Hagen Reyes
Middle School ELA / Literature Teacher
 
 
Education
M.A., Teaching, Middle-Level ELA, Clemson University
B.A., English, Clemson University
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Fun Fact
I read at least one book per week and love making jewelry.
 

 
Caroline Rice, A/OGA
Primary School OG Learning Specialist
Tutor
 
Education
B.S., Child Development, University of Georgia
Associate Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Writing Matters / William Van Cleave
Lindamood-Bell LiPS Training
 
 
Professional
AMI Montessori Certification
Past President, Atlanta Chapter, The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Program Validator for NAEYC
 
Fun Fact
On a Saturday, you can find me spending quality time with my family and then reading a fantastic book.
 

 
Dana Richardson
A Group Teacher
 
 
Education
B.A., Early Childhood Education, USC Upstate
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Professional
South Carolina Teaching Certificate
 
 
Fun Fact
I rode a camel on the beach in Kenya and ate lunch with giraffes.  Also, I love coming to school each day with my son!
 

 
Tracie Segura
Tutor
 
 
Education
M.S., University of Georgia
B.S., University of Georgia
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Fun Fact
Before I had children I worked in R&D for Cryovac and traveled all over the U.S.,
South America, Europe, and Australia helping customers troubleshoot problems and develop new or improved packages.
 

 
Courtney Senator
Middle School Literature Teacher
 
 
Education
B.S., Secondary English Education, Buffalo State College
 
 
Professional
New York Teaching License
North Carolina Teaching License
 
 
Fun Fact
I grew up in snowy Rochester, NY.  I keep busy with my three children.  Two of my daughters attend Camperdown Academy.
 

 
Dana Shafer
Lower School Science Teacher
 
 
Education
B.S., Environmental Health, East Tennessee State University
Classroom Educator Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Professional
South Carolina Teaching License
Dale Carnegie Leadership Training
 
 
Fun Fact I love to travel to a new destination every year.  

 
Rebecca Shaw, OGCE/OGA
Lower School Math / Math Lab Teacher
 
 
Education
B.S., Mathematics, Anderson University
Classroom Educator Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Math-U-See Training
 
 
Professional
Member, South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics
 
 
 
Fun Fact
Having four young children makes my home life busy and fun. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
 

 
DeAnne Simcoe, A/OGA
Tutor
 
 
Education
B.A., English, Furman University
Associate Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Professional
Elementary Education and Secondary English Certifications
 
 
 
Fun Fact
I married my childhood sweetheart!
 

 
Brianna Smith
Lower School Math / Math Lab Teacher
Tutor
 
 
Education
B.S., Psychology, Clemson University
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Fun Fact
I like dogs, big Maine snowstorms, and Clemson Tigers!
 

 
Melissa Smith
Tutor
 
 
Education
B.S., Elementary Education, Bob Jones University
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
Professional
South Carolina Elementary Education Teaching Certification
 
Fund Fact
I had a high school graduating class of three:  two guys and myself.
 

 
Becky Strange, A/OGA
Tutor
 
 
Education
M.A., Teaching, Bob Jones University
B.A., English, with minor in Political Science, University of Southern Main
Associate Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Professional

Former secretary, South Carolina Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (SCBIDA)

 
  Fun Fact I love dogs.  Callie, Sprinkle, and Chewy allow me to share their home!  

 
Eryn Tillery
Middle School Music, Art, and Drama Teacher
 
 
Education
B.A., Theatre Arts, College of Charleston
Classroom Educator Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Professional
Performed with Upstate Shakespeare Festival, Spartanburg Little Theater, Fountain Inn Repertory Experience, and Foothills Playhouse
 
 
 
Fun Fact
I grew up with three brothers, have been upstaged by a dog during a show, and was accepted in Pact University's Actor Studio program in NYC (yes, James Lipton's actor studio) but had to turn it down.  Oh, and I'm married to Mr. Jimmy.
 

 
Cathy Westbrook
Tutor
 
 
Education
M.S., Business Administration, College of Charleston
Graduate work toward M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling, USC Upstate
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Fun Fact
I was a hand model for a billboard campaign for Blue Cross Blue Shield many years ago!
 

 
Theresa Wetzel
Tutor
 
 
Education
B.S., Elementary Education, Bob Jones University
12 hrs graduate level certification studies; University of South Carolina & College of Charleston
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Professional
Early Childhood and Elementary School Certifications
 
 
Fun Fact
I have four adult children and enjoy playing with my two grand-babies.  I participate in marathons by strategically getting to each location to catch a glimpse of my daughter as she runs by.  I am known for having a small but very loud cowbell.
 

 
Karen Wood
Tutor
 
 
Education
B.A. cum laude, Sociology, Bryn Mawr College
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
 
Fun Fact    

 
Jimmi-Ann Muse
 
 
Education
B.A., Drama/Speech/Art, Winthrop University
Theatre Arts Specialist, Professional Theatre Workshop
Musical Theatre, Musical Theatre Studio