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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!

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Kendra Kunze

Hello!  My name is Kendra Kunze and this is my first year at Midway! My family and I moved to South Carolina in June and we are thrilled to call it home!  Leading up to this, I lived in Colorado, where I received my B.S. in Elementary Education, my M.Ed. in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, and taught 2nd and 3rd grade for 5 ½ years.  I also taught for one year in Tampa, Florida.  In my free time, I love reading, playing games, watching sports, and crafting.  On weekends you can find me at the lake, the beach, sightseeing, or watching my daughter, Tommie, play ball or dance!

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Merritt McGee

Hi, I am Merritt McGee! 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.

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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!

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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!

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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!