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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 my 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
Subscriber Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
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
Professional
Motheread/Fatheread Instructor/Storyteller
Augustine Literacy Project of the Upstate Board of Directors
Subscriber Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
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 FactIn my spare time, I enjoy reading, running, and FaceTiming 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
Associate Leve Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Fun FactI 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 FactIn 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
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
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
  
EducationB.S., Psychology, Wofford College  
Professional
South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) Certification
Numerous business world certifications
  
Fun FactI love my five grandchildren, traveling, the beach, and boating.  

  
Elisa Auger
Lower School Math Teacher
  
Education
B.S., Elementary Education, with minor in Biology, Presbyterian College
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
  
Professional
South Carolina Elementary and Middle School Teaching Certifications
  
Fun Fact
I love games and crafting.
  

  
Becky Brown, FIT/OGA
Tutor
Math Lab 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
  
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
  
ProfessionalCertified Archery Instructor  
Fun FactI 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 FactI lived in México the first eight years of my life.  

  
Lela Cagle
Intern
  
 Education
B.S., Special Education: Multi-Categorical, Anderson University
  
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
Tutor
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Education
M.A., Elementary Education, Wingate University
B.S., Elementary Education, Wingate University
Certified Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
  
Fun FactMy 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.
  

  
Hagen Carmichael
Middle School ELA / Literature Teacher
  
EducationMaster of Arts in Teaching, Middle-Level ELA, Clemson University
B.A., English, Clemson University
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
  
Fun FactI read at least one book per week and love making jewelry.  

  
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.
  

  
Lane Chatfield
C Group Teacher
  
Education
B.A., Elementary Education, Clemson University
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
  
Professional
Early Childhood and Elementary Education Certifications
  
Fun Fact
I worked as a lifeguard at Walt Disney World while in college.
  

  
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 FactI have two grandchildren, whom I love to the moon and back.  

  
Alicia Neal Dykes
Tutor
  
 Education
B.A., Early Childhood Education, Clemson University
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
  
Professional
South Carolina Teaching Certification
  
Fun FactI 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 FactWhen 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.
  

  
Christina Franco, Ed.D
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 Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Wilson Language Training
  
ProfessionalSouth 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.
  

  
Deana Gasque
Cognitive Training
Tutor
  
Education
MBA, Clemson University
B.S., Business Administration, College of Charleston
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Arrowsmith Training
  
ProfessionalAugustine Literacy Project of the Upstate Tutor  
Fun FactI 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!  

  
Hagood Grantham
Middle 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
Primary School Tutor
  
Education
M.S., Clinical Counseling, East Carolina University
B.A., Psychology, Clemson University
Associate Level Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
  
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
Lower and Middle School ELA Teacher
  
Education
M.A., Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina
B.A., English, University of Nevada, Reno
  
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.
  

  
Catherine Kaufmann, OGCE/OGA
Am Group Teacher
  
EducationB.S., Elementary Education, Clemson University
Post Graduate, South Carolina Reading Initiative, USC
Classroom Educator Member, Orton-Gillingham Academy
  
Fun FactI play the cello, love to quilt, and am an avid Crossfit athlete.  

  
Daniel McDuffie
Lower School Social Studies / ELA / Math Lab 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 FactIn 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 FactI 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 FactI am a stage-actor in Upstate SC.  You might catch me doing a musical, Shakespeare, or anything in-between on your next night out! 

  
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
  
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.
  

  
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!
  

  
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 / Math 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 FactI 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
  
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
  
Fun Fact
I had a high school graduating class of three:  two guys and myself.
  

  
Lori Stegall
Tutor
  
Education
B.S., Education, Northern Illinois University
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
  
Professional
South Carolina Teacher Certificate
  
 
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.
  

  
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.  

  
Eryn Tillery
Music, Art, 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.
  

  
Jimmy Tillery
Music, Art, Drama Teacher
  
Education
B.S., Special Education: Learning Disabilities, USC Upstate
Associate Level Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Classroom Educator Coursework, Orton-Gillingham Academy
 
Fun Fact
I play live music and go by the name Jimmy Jukebox.
  

  
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.  

  
Sharon Younger, 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.