Rebecca Burney

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Rebecca Burney

Hello! I am excited to be back as part of the Midway family! This will be my 9th year teaching and I love it. One of my favorite parts of it is seeing the growth students make from the beginning of the year to the end. I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the University of South Carolina. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my son, traveling, and trying out new restaurants.

 Jodi Chumley

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Jodi Chumley

I grew up in Lexington and attended Lexington One schools. I graduated a year early after my family moved to Mauldin, S.C. I attended the University of South Carolina and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. I received my Master’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities from USC. This is my 31st year of teaching. My husband and I have been married almost 34 years. We are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters (31/27 years old)who went to Midway when they were in elementary school. They both have jobs and on their own now. In my spare time, I love reading a good book working in my yard, and snuggling with my dog Duece.

 Shelly Cuthbertson

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Shelly Cuthbertson

Immersion ELA/Social Studies

It is always exciting to begin a new school year at MES! I began my teaching career teaching second grade in Jacksonville, Florida. After moving to Lexington in 2002, I took a teaching position at LMES. I have been a part of the Midway family since 2014. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Florida. My teaching experience includes teaching 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades and gifted/academically talented. I am thrilled to now be teaching French Immersion and hope to make it the best year yet!

 Merritt Lemmon

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Merritt Lemmon

Hi, I am Merritt Lemmon! I joined the Midway family in 2017, and I am excited for another great year with the best faculty, staff, students, and parents in Lexington 1. I completed my undergraduate degree at Winthrop University with a B.A. in Elementary Education. I am dual certified in both Elementary and Early Childhood Education. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, attending church, drinking Starbucks and cruising around Lake Murray with my family.

 Serene Owens

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Serene Owens

Hi Mustangs!! I joined the Midway Family in 2019 and I am excited for another great year! This is my 10th year teaching! I attended USC and graduated with my B.A. in Early Childhood Education. I received my Master’s degree in Education in Language, Literacy and Culture from Coastal Carolina. My husband and I have been married 9 years. We are the proud parents of our 6 year old daughter, Harper and 2 year old twin boys, Jackson and Colton. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am so excited for a great year of learning and building relationships with my students at Midway!

 Cathy Peksenar

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Cathy Peksenar

Immersion Math/Science

Bonjour Mustang! I have been working at Midway Elementary since 2004. I first worked as a kindergarten assistant in a regular class, then in the French Immersion class. I completed my teaching certification through the PACE program and have been the 2nd grade French Immersion teacher since 2012. I am originally from France but I have been living in Lexington for many years now. I have two grown up children, Izlen and Celine. In my spare time I like to read and cook. My family and I also enjoy traveling. We have spent many summers abroad visiting family, discovering different regions of France and other European countries. I am looking forward to a great year!

 Molly Pope

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Molly Pope

Hi! I am Molly Pope and this will be my sixth year teaching and second year at Midway! I attended Winthrop University and graduated with a BA in Early Childhood Education. I am dual certified in Elementary Education. I also taught for two months in China teaching English to third and fifth grade students. My husband also teaches in Lexington One at Lexington High School and coaches basketball. In my free time, I love spending time with my energetic one year old, Bradford, going to the beach, and eating Chick-Fil-A! I am so excited for a fun year full of laughing, learning, and making lasting relationships with my kiddos at Midway. Go Mustangs!

 Amanda Shealy

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Amanda Shealy

Lexington One Online Learning Academy

Hello Mustangs! I have been at Midway since 2012. I am excited to be teaching 2nd grade this year. I attended the University of South Carolina and received my B.A. in Early Childhood Education. I received my Master’s in Advanced Studies of Literacy from Converse College. I live here in Lexington with my husband, Brooks, and our 2 dogs, Emzi and Lola.