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Tara Alexander

I graduated from Newberry College with a degree in English, Secondary Education. I went on to add Gifted and Talented, as well as Early Childhood and Middle Level Language Arts. This will be my 23rd year of teaching. My daughter will be a junior at River Bluff High School and my son will be a junior at Columbia International University. My oldest son graduated from the University of South Carolina. I am excited about the upcoming school year here at Midway! Go Mustangs! 

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Kelly DeShazo

Immersion ELA/Social Studies

This will be my 28th year teaching, and my 23rd year teaching at Midway. My Elementary Education Degree is from the University of Central Florida. I have taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades throughout my career. I have a daughter who lives in Philadelphia and works for Special Olympics of Pennsylvania, and a son who is working on his masters in mechanical engineering at USC. My wonderful husband and I are empty nesters with a snuggly Beagle named Cody. My favorite hobbies include spending time with family and friends, exercising, cooking, and READING. I am book crazy and love to turn children onto books! Midway is a very important part of my life, and is my home away from home.

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Samantha Hammond

Lexington One Online Learning Academy

Hello Mustang Families! Welcome to 3rd grade! I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Divergent Learning from Columbia College. I also have an endorsement in Online Teaching and 15 years of teaching experience. My husband Brian and I have two awesome boys, Noah and Henry. We also have two sweet dogs, Taco and Minnie. Teaching is my passion, but I also enjoy reading, traveling, and all things Disney! I am looking forward to an amazing year with all of you!

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Jonna Howell

I am very happy to welcome your family to our third grade class at Midway Elementary! I began my teaching career in 1996 and have been lucky to teach third graders at Midway since 2005. My family and I enjoy spending our free time together outdoors on Lake Murray with our dogs, but I can’t forget our very favorite past time… cheering on the University of Florida Gators (although we root for the Gamecocks and Tigers, too!) I am looking forward to another great year of learning and growing with my third grade students and their families.

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Maria Villalobos

Immersion Math/Science

Hi, my name is Maria Villalobos. I’m Venezuelan and I moved from Panama exclusively to be part of the Midway family, so I’m really excited to start my second year in MES, as a 3rd grade teacher in the French Immersion Program.

I strongly believe that languages are like windows to the world. I’ve been teaching foreign languages (French, Spanish, English) to the most varied audience (from first graders to master’s degree students) in different countries (France, Venezuela, Panama, and now, USA) for over 20 years.

I love watching my students grow in our classroom, a happy place where they belong, and which is filled with interaction, challenges, problem solving, songs and games, where exploration and experimentation take place, and mistakes aren’t but opportunities to learn.

My husband, also a French teacher in Lex1, and I have two awesome kids: Emmanuel, 19, and Sebastian, 15. We love going places and appreciate the simple things in life like watching movies and playing games together. We are a happy tribe in a great place.

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Erin Waring

I am starting my 10th year as a Midway Mustang. I attended Midway when I was in elementary school. I graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in Elementary Education. I have had a life long passion for teaching and feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to teach in my hometown. My husband, Brad, and I are proud parents of our toddler, Bryson. He keeps us on our toes! We love to take trips to the mountains, spend time with our family, and play with our cocker spaniel, Finley. I am looking forward to another great year in third grade!

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Kim Whyde

Hello fellow Mustangs! I am so excited for another school year at Midway. My love for teaching began as I earned my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Columbia College and began my teaching career in Lexington School District Five across the dam. I taught third grade and earned my Master’s in elementary education from the University of South Carolina. I also went on to earn my National Board Certification and have since recertified as well. This is my 24th year of teaching third grade, and I still love every minute of it! My husband, Scott, and I have 2 girls who attend Lexington Middle and River Bluff High. We also have a sweet rescue dog and cat we all adore. In my free time, I spend my time with my family on our wave runner at the lake and river or relaxing on the beach. I am looking forward to another great year! Go Mustangs!