Primary Grades Academy


“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn't be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”         Roald Dahl



Welcome to Primary Grades Academy...

"I love teaching reading to first through third grade students at Ashley River Creative Arts. I enjoy helping students with the process of becoming independent readers, writers and thinkers! This year I am excited about becoming trained in Reading Recovery, a research-based intervention program for first grade children experiencing difficulty learning to read and write."


A Little About Me...

  • I was born in Charleston and grew up in West of the Ashley. I actually attended middle school here on the Ashley River Creative Arts campus when it was  Wallace Middle School
  • Some of my favorite things to do are reading (I love John Grisham and David Baldacci) jogging...slowly,  and  painting.
  • I have an Early Childhood Degree from Winthrop University and a Masters Degree in Reading Education from the Citadel.
  • I have three children: Zack is 20 years old and is a student at Clemson University. Seth is 18 and attends PACE Charter School.  Abby is 15 years old and is a tenth grade student at Charleston County School of the Arts. They all graduated from Ashley River Creative Arts!
  • I have been married for 24 years to my husband Randy. We enjoy spending time with our children, traveling, watching old movies, and attending CLEMSON football and basketball games! Go Tigers!

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