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Stacey Axelsson

Lexington One Online Learning Academy

My name is Stacey Axelsson and I’m excited to be embarking on my third year of teaching fifth grade at Midway! Prior to MES, I spent almost five years teaching in Pennsylvania. I have a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in English. I am certified to teach kindergarten through sixth grade as well as special education up through twelfth grade. Before becoming a teacher, my career focused on writing and communications. As you can see from my background, I have a huge passion for reading and writing! When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time on the lake with my family, participating in book clubs, traveling and being at the beach. In addition to my husband of twenty one years, I have a son who is a rising junior and a daughter who is a rising seventh grader.

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David Dutka

I am looking forward to my 3rd year of teaching 5th grade at MES and excited to meet this year's Mustangs and help get them ready for middle school. When I am not teaching, I enjoy kayaking and spending time outdoors with my dog, Ruthie. I also research and sell vintage items & pop culture collectibles at a local antique mall in West Columbia.

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Emily Garren

I am looking forward to another year teaching fifth grade at Midway! This will be my seventh year teaching and my second year at Midway. I graduated from the University of South Carolina and completed my Masters at Coastal Carolina. My husband, Wesley, and I enjoy traveling, being on the water, and spending time with our son, Whit. I'm excited about the opportunity to work with a great group of kids this year!

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Samantha Leitzsey

Immersion ELA/Social Studies

I’ve been at Midway since 2011, where I’ve taught fourth and fifth grade. Fifth grade was my favorite grade in elementary school, and now it is my favorite grade to teach! I was born and raised in Lexington and have both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of South Carolina (Go Cocks!). My husband, Todd, and our two young girls, Ellison and Addie, love spending time with family and friends, eating yummy food, being around the water, Disney, cheering on the Gamecocks and the Atlanta Braves, and laughing at our crazy dogs, Cooper and Taco. I’m looking forward to another great year!

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Katrinda Scott

Immersion Math/Science

This is my eighth-year teaching at MES. I am very excited to be teaching 5th grade French Immersion. I have been in education for 24 years teaching in the classroom, homebound and online. My husband and I have two children who attend Meadow Glen Middle (7th grade) in the Immersion program and River Bluff High School (11th grade). In our free time, we like to travel, to play the pool, and do things together.

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Alva Suggs

Hello I am Alva Suggs. I have been teaching for 19 years, and 16 of them at Midway. I am blessed to be called mom by my 3 kiddos: Mary-Baylus- sophomore at USC, Payton - sophomore at River Bluff High School and Carter - sixth grader at Meadow Glen Middle School. Enjoy walking/hiking for exercise, reading, cooking and playing with our pets.

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Melissa Tkacs

I'm excited to be starting my second year as a Midway Mustang! I have 16 years of teaching experience in grades 2-6, with nine of those being in fifth grade. As a military spouse, I have had the unique opportunity to teach in many different states and in Italy. My husband is currently stationed at Shaw AFB. I have a daughter who is junior and a son who is a freshman at River Bluff. As a family, we enjoy camping, fishing, and running.