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Meet Our Faculty

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 Lower School
Middle School ELA Teacher
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 my triplets.


       
  
Suzanna Greer, Fellow/OGA        
Head of Orton-Gillingham Training and Instruction
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        
Director of Operations
Education

A.A., Video Production, Art Institute of Atlanta, magna cum laude 
Certification in Information Technology, MCP, Linux/Unix, 

Fun Fact

I love keeping my computer screen squeaky clean.


       
  
Caroline Rice, A/OGA
Division Head  of Primary
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
Multisensory Mathematics Certification, Course I

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.


       
  
Allison Rogers       
Head of Institutional Advancement
Education

B.S., cum laude, Radio-Television-Film, Indiana State University 
Subscriber Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy 
Essential Grant Skills Certification

Professional

Past President, Carolina Foothills Chapter of The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

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
Division Head of Middle School
Lower School Social Studies Teacher
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.

 

 

 

Staff Support


Ashley H. Belcher      
School Counselor 
Education

MMFT Converse University 
B.A., History College of Charleston  
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Fun Fact

I was in Berlin when the wall between East and West Germany came down. 


       
  
Meg Coffey       
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.



  
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
Lower School ELA Teacher
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 FaceTiming with my family overseas.


       
  
Keri Knisley, OGCE/OGA
Outreach and Outplacement Coordinator
Middle School Math Teacher
Education

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


       
  
Abby Roberts
Annual Fund & Grants Coordinator
Education

B.A. magna cum laude, Sociology and Anthropology, Wofford College 

Fun Fact

I grew up a huge UNC fan so when I refer to Carolina, I am talking about the heels, not the gamecocks! 



  
Nikki Reid, M.S. CCC-SLP        
Director of Admissions
Learning Specialist
Education

M.S. Communication of Science and Disorders, Radford University
B.S. Communication of Science and Disorders, Radford University Minor in Psychology
Associate Level Coursework, Orton Gillingham Academy
Lindamood-Bell LiPS Training

Professional

Speech-Language Pathologist, AMI Montessori Certificate in Early Childhood, Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Oral Placement Therapy, Lee Silverman Voice Therapy Certification, South Carolina Teaching Certificate

Fun Fact

I have four children and a golden retriever. On the weekends you can find me at the baseball or soccer field cheering on my children. I love the beach, crafting, decorating, and all sports. Football season is my favorite time of year. Go Philadelphia Eagles! 


       
  
Becky Zawadzki, M.S. CCC-SLP
Learning Specialist 
Education

M.S., Communication Disorders, University of Kentucky
B.S., Hearing, Speech, & Language Sciences, Ohio University
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing Training

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 Certificate

Fun Fact

I used to teach at the Churchill School in St. Louis, Missouri.  I am working on a 500-hour yoga instructor training


       
  
Marcus Antley
Middle School Math Teacher
Education

B.S., Psychology, Wofford College
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Professional

South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) Certification
Numerous business world certifications

Fun Fact

I love my five grandchildren, traveling, the beach, and boating.


       
  
Elisa Auger
Middle and Lower School Science Teacher
Education

B.S., Elementary Education, with minor in Biology, Presbyterian College
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Multisensory Mathematics Certification, Course I

Professional

South Carolina Elementary and Middle School Teaching Certifications

Fun Fact

I love games and crafting.


       
  
Becky Brown, FIT/OGA        
Tutor
Lower School ELA Teacher
Education

M.S. and Specialist Degree, School Psychology, Winthrop University     
B.S., Special Education: Learning Disabilities, Appalachian State University     
Certified Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy     
Fellow-In-Training, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Lindamood-Bell LiPS Training

Fun Fact

Two of my three children have attended Camperdown Academy.


       
  
Jeremy Bullinger, OGCE/OGA
STEM Teacher
MI Teacher
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, A/OGA        
Tutor
Education

M.A., Spanish Language Teaching, Southern Oregon University 
B.A. cum laude, Secondary Education and Spanish Linguistics, Houghton College
Associate Level Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy 
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Fun Fact

I lived in México the first eight years of my life.


Lela Cagle
Lower School Teacher
Education

B.S., Special Education: Multi-Categorical, Anderson University
Classroom Educator Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Multisensory Mathematics Certification, Course I

Professional

South Carolina Teaching Certification
Apple Teacher Certification
Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Certification
Greenville Fellow

Fun Fact

When I was 7 years old, I was featured on a billboard in Times Square with my best friend who has Down Syndrome.


       
  
Suzette Campbell
Middle and Lower School Math Teacher
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.


       
  
Lane Chatfield        
C Group Teacher
Education

B.A., Elementary Education, Clemson University
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Lindamood-Bell LiPS Training
Multisensory Mathematics Certification, Course I

Professional

Early Childhood and Elementary Education Certifications

Fun Fact

I worked as a lifeguard at Walt Disney World while in college.


       
  
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.


       
  
Monica Cox
Middle and Lower School ELA Teacher
Education

B.A., English/Journalism, University of Alabama 
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Fun Fact

Through the years, my classroom pets have included: Moby the goldfish, Fred the frog, Shakespeare the hedgehog, and Finn the chocolate labradoodle.


       
  
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.


       
  
Michelle Dobes
Am Group Teacher
Tutor
Education

B.A., North Central College, Naperville, IL
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy 

Fun Fact

I have lived in the Midwest. East Coast, and the South. I have yet to live out West, maybe someday! I love living in the South!


       
  
Alicia Neal Dykes         
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..


       
  
Chana Fletcher, C/OGA        
Lower School Literature Teacher
Tutor
Education

Master of Elementary Education, University of South Carolina
B.A., Elementary Education, University of South Carolina Upstate
Certified  Member, 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        
Am Group Teacher
Primary Tutor
Education

M.A., Early Intervention, Fontbonne University
B.A., Deaf Education, Fontbonne University
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Lindamood-Bell LiPS Training
Multisensory Mathematics Certification, Course I

Fun Fact

I got to dance in the outfield of Busch Stadium right before an MLB baseball game.


       
  
Christina Franco, Ed.D A/OGA
Tutor
Education

Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Bob Jones University
Specialist in Education, Counseling, Bob Jones University
M.Ed, Elementary Education, Lander University
B.S., Elementary Education, Bob Jones University
Associate Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Wilson Language Training

Professional

South Carolina Elementary Education and Learning Disability Teacher Certificates

Fun Fact

In 2020, I ran a half-marathon over three states in one day.  I love running and cycling.  I have run a marathon and several half-marathons and triathlons.  I am currently training for a century ride on my bike.


       
  
Katie Franz        
Lower School Math Teacher
Education

M.A., Leadership in Special Education, Notre Dame of Maryland University 
B.A., Elementary Education, Saint Mary's College of Notre Dame, Indiana

Professional

Maryland Teaching Certification (Grades 1-6) with endorsements in special education & reading
South Carolina Teaching Certification (Early Childhood & Elementary) with an endorsement in Read to Succeed 

Fun Fact

My fiancé and I got engaged in May 2023, and we just moved to Greenville from Baltimore with our English bulldog, Carl!


       
  
Rachel Gasdia        
Drama Teacher
Education

B.A., North Greenville University 
Classroom Educator Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Fun Fact

I can say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious backwards.


       
  
Hagood Grantham        
Middle and Lower School Social Studies Teacher
Education

M.S., Commerce, University of Virginia
M.Ed., Independent School Leadership, Vanderbilt University
B.A., English, Davidson College
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Fun Fact

I used to DJ in college and I do music production for fun.  I also run competitively.


       
  
Jodie Hawthorne, A/OGA        
Tutor
Education

M.S., Clinical Counseling, East Carolina University
B.A., Psychology, Clemson University
Associate Level Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Lindamood-Bell LiPS Training

Fun Fact

 I love Clemson football (and any Clemson sport).


       
  
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.


       
  
Danielle Howell-Roland
Middle School Literature Teacher
Middle School ELA Teacher
MI Teacher
Education

M.A., Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina
B.A., English, University of Nevada, Reno
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Professional

Gifted & Talented Certificate
Augustine Literacy Project Tutor
Augustine Literacy Project of the Upstate Board of Directors

Fun Fact

Every year, we take a road trip as a family (not in 2020, though).  Every visit to a town includes a quick excursion to a zoo, museum, board game, and comic book store.


      
  
Grace Hyde
Tutor
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.


       
  
Mary Johnson
Lower School Math/Math Lab Teacher
Education

B.A., Elementary Education, University of North Greenville 
Classroom Educator Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Multisensory Mathematics Certification, Course I

Professional

ABA therapist, First Aid and CPR trained, Google Certified

Fun Fact

I traveled from Denver to California with my husband in a van the summer of 2022.


       
  
Whitney Jones
A Group Teacher
Education

MAT, Early Childhood Education, University of South Carolina 
B.A., Speech Communications, Wake Forest University 
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Lindamood-Bell LiPS Training

Fun Fact

I used to teach swim lessons in the summers and met my husband when he was a lifeguard at the same pool and had to save one of my overconfident students!


       
  
Catherine Kaufmann, OGCE/OGA
Am Group Teacher
Education

B.S., Elementary Education, Clemson University
Post Graduate, South Carolina Reading Initiative, USC
Associate Level Coursework, Orton Gillingham Academy
Lindamood-Bell LiPS Training
Mindwing Professional Certification for Story Grammar Marker
Mindwing Professional Theme Maker Master Class for SGM
South Carolina Teaching Certification

Fun Fact

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


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
Multisensory Mathematics Certification, Course I

Fun Fact

I have worked at Camperdown since 1991!  Some of the jobs I have had at CA are painter, builder, secretary, and coach.


       
  
Ben Otto Sunderman        
Tutor
Education

B.S., Furman University
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Fun Fact

I am a stage-actor in Upstate SC.  You might catch me doing a musical, Shakespeare, or anything in-between on your next night out!


       
  
Dana Richardson
C 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.  


       
  
Robin Robb
Tutor
Education

B.A., French, University of North Carolina Asheville
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Professional

South Carolina Department of Education Certification: French
Dual Language and Immersion Education Certificates, University of Minnesota
Augustine Literacy Project of the Upstate Tutor

Fun Fact

I am a French teacher who has spent fifteen years teaching French children to speak English!


       
  
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.


       
  
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.


       
  
DeAnne Simcoe, A/OGA       
Tutor
Education

B.A., English, Furman University
Associate Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing Training
Wilson Language Training

Professional

Elementary Education and Secondary English Certifications

Fun Fact

I married my childhood sweetheart!


       
  
Brianna Smith        
Lower School Math/Math Lab Teacher
Education

B.S., Psychology, Clemson University
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Multisensory Mathematics Certification, Course I

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

Fun Fact

I had a high school graduating class of three: two guys and myself.


       
  
Anne Stolarski        
Tutor
Education

M.A.T., Elementary Education, College of Charleston
B.A., Early Childhood Education, University of South Carolina
Certification for ESOL Instruction, Clemson University
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Professional

Greenville Literacy Association Volunteer
Storytellers Guild

Fun Fact

I spent three years living in Suzhou, China.  I worked at a British school called Dulwich College International and taught K-5/1st grade students.


       
  
Lori Stegall        
Tutor
Education

B.S., Education, Northern Illinois University
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Professional

South Carolina Teaching Certification

Fun Fact

After I graduated from college in Illinois, I moved (sight unseen) by myself to Arizona to work at a boarding school for Navajo Indian children.  I was there for two years.



  
Ruth Thomas         
Art Teacher
Education

B.S., Bible, Columbia International University 
B.S., Art with a focus in Photography and Printmaking, Beaver College
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Fun Fact

I help run an online Amazon Business for gardening products called Bert's Garden. 



  
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 grandbabies.  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.