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Mrs. Iris Garcia

 
Spanish
I am super excited and grateful for the opportunity to teach at Pelion Middle School. I attended South Carolina State University and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education. This year I am teaching different levels of Spanish in LOOLA. I am a navitve of Honduras and moved to the United States when I was 12 yrs old. I have three wonderful children: Rosie, Marisol, and Diliah.  My husband, Juan, and I love to travel and watch Netflix.  In addition to this, I enjoy solving Sudoku puzzles, and spending time with my family. I love teaching because I love my students!

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Mrs. Jessica Oberly

 
Spanish
I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Spanish education from Bowling Green State University and I have a Master’s of Science in Education with Curriculum, Instruction and Development from Walden University. I began teaching high school in 2006. I started teaching at Pelion Middle School in 2012. I currently serve as on the Leadership Team as the World Language Department Chair.  I am also a coach's wife and a mother. When I am not at school I enjoy reading, cooking and spending time with my family. 

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Dr. Cathy Bouabre

 
French
I enjoy being a part of the Pelion Middle School family.  I started teaching French at PMS in the fall of 2013.  Before that I was a missionary in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, where my husband and I founded an elementary school.  After returning to the States in 1997 I taught French and English as a Second language at Ben Lippen School in Columbia, SC. I obtained my Masters and Doctorate degrees in education from Columbia International University in Columbia, SC.
 
My husband Lucien and I continue to oversee the school in Côte d’Ivoire. Our son, Michel, works in Informatics out of Atlanta, GA.   I also teach online education courses as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia International University.  I enjoy reading, playing word games and puzzles, gardening, learning about other cultures, and traveling. My favorite part of teaching is helping students learn about people from other cultures and countries.

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Mrs. Taylor Colbert

 
Art
I have been teaching visual art since Fall of 2013. I began my career at Pelion Middle School and am proud to call this school my home. I have a bachelor fine arts degree in Art Education from the University of South Carolina (Fall 2012). I teach Afterschool Honors Art, it's a high paced art program where students audition for spots. My favorite things to do besides teach are painting, photography, and drawing. I love teaching art to middle school students and I am so excited I get to be with my favorite artists everyday!

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Mr. Andrew Chavarria

 
Orchestra
I received my Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in violin performance at Presbyterian College in 2012. I then went on and received my Masters of Arts in Teaching in Music Education from Winthrop University. I began my teaching career in 2015 in Laurens County District 55 as the LDHS Orchestra Director, Hickory Tavern Middle School Director, and Gray-Court Owings Middle School Director. I began teaching at Pelion Middle School in 2019.
 
My wife and I just had a beautiful baby girl named Adalynn on November 15th. Along with our dog, Toby, we enjoy exploring, going on walks and spending time out in the yard. Among those, my other hobbies are performing on my violin, playing soccer and doing yard work.

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Ms. Ashley Owens

 
Agriculture
I teach Introduction to Agriculture here at Pelion Middle. I started the program in 2018 and we have been growing ever since. I have two Associate degrees, Diversified Agriculture and Honors Science, from Piedmont Technical College, a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Education from Clemson University, and a Masters degree in Agriculture from Murray State University. I was raised in Saluda, SC and now live in Wagener, SC. I have one dog named Piper and we are both CLEMSON fans. 
I really enjoy teaching Agriculture and being the advisor to the PMS FFA. In my free time, I enjoy playing video games like League of Legends and World of Warcraft. I also am an avid cosplayer and crafter. I love making things from resin art to 3D prints. In the summer I spend a lot of time outside swimming.
 
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Mr. Larry Poole

 
Physical Education
I begin teaching in 1988. I have a B.S. degree from USC-Aken and a Master’s degree from US Sports Academy. I have taught at all levels: elementary, middle and high school.
 
I am happily married to Debbie R. Poole and we have two children, Sarah and Beth. My hobbies include watching football and baseball, working in our yard, and singing in the church choir.

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Mrs. Melissa Butler

 
Physical Education
My name is Melissa Butler and I have been teaching Physical Education and Health at Pelion Middle School since 2015. I am originally from Ohio and graduated from Ohio State University in 2008 with a BA in Sociology.  In 2013, I received my Master of Arts in Teaching from Augusta University. I am currently teaching virtual Health and PE to students throughout the district through the Lexington One Online Learning Academy.  Fitness has always been a big part of my life so when I’m not teaching, I enjoy working out, competing, and coaching others. I also enjoy spending time with my husband and dogs, and doing any kind of craft or DIY project, especially as we prepare for the arrival of our son this spring.

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Dr. Kim Roper

 
Computer Science & Yearbook
I have been teaching since 1995 and have been at Pelion Middle School since 2015. I currently teach Computer Science Courses for 6th through 8th grade and serve as the Yearbook Advisor for the school. I previously served as the Girls and Boys Basketball Coach as well.
 
Me and my husband have 6 adult children (4 boys and 2 girls) and 4 grandsons as well as a furry child named Simba who is 12 years old. In my spare time I enjoy reading, traveling, serving others through my church and my sorority (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.) and bowling in tournaments across the United States.

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Ms. Amy Thomasson

 
Drama
I started teaching in Pelion in 2006.  I taught English here for many years before becoming the Drama teacher. I am originally from Glen Rock, New Jersey.  I went to Indiana University as an undergrad and majored in Theatre and Drama and English, and returned there for graduate school and got a Master's Degree in Language Education. For fun, I enjoy spending time with my children and write a weekly column for a film website. I love sharing my passion for theater arts with my students.