Shannon Berry

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Shannon Berry

My name is Shannon Berry. This will be my 16th year teaching elementary school. I grew up in Florence, SC and attended Francis Marion University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education in December of 1998. I began my teaching career in January 1999. I taught Kindergarten from January to June of 1999 in Columbia, SC for Richland County School District One. I then moved to Gilbert Elementary where I only taught for one full year in Kindergarten before moving back to Columbia. I returned to Richland School District One where I continued to teach Kindergarten from 2000-2003. During that time, I received my Masters of Education degree in 2001 from Cambridge College.

In April 2003, I had my daughter, Kaitlyn, and decided to be a stay at home mom. During the next five years, I taught at a church preschool and had my son, Logan. In October 2008, I went back to teaching in the public school system again for Richland School District One. During the next 9 years, I taught full-day Pre-Kindergarten for 8 years and 2nd grade for 1 year. In August of 2017, I began teaching Kindergarten in Lexington County School District One at Saxe Gotha Elementary. In December of 2019, I completed my Read to Succeed certification. I am currently in my 4th year at SGE. My husband, Jim and I have been married for 22 years. Our daughter will be graduating high school this year and our son is in the 8th grade. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, reading, and playing with our two dogs.

 Michelle Watkins (Instructional Assistant)

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Michelle Watkins (Instructional Assistant)

My name is Michelle Watkins and I have the awesome privilege to work as a K5 assistant. I have a BA degree in Early Childhood and taught K4 and 2nd grade. Two years ago, I stepped down to Kindergarten Assistant and enjoy teaching early literacy skills to our 5-year-olds. I am originally from Florida and have lived in South Carolina for 11 years, 6 of those in Lexington. I have been happily married to my husband, John, for almost 31 years. Also, I have 2 great adult kids (Katelyn 24, Ryan 20) My fur baby is a Black lab mix named Bella. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, crafting, shopping and spending time with my family

 Ashley McCall

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Ashley McCall

My name is Ashley McCall and I am thrilled to say that this is my 15th year at SGE! I am from Hendersonville, N.C. and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with my early childhood and elementary education degrees in 2004. I received my Master’s degree in Divergent Learning from Columbia College in 2009, and I received my National Board certification in 2011. I also took graduate courses from the University of South Carolina and received my Literacy Teacher certification as well as the Read to Succeed certification in 2015. I have worked as a kindergarten teacher here at Saxe Gotha for the last 14 years. I have a husband, Mike, and an almost two-year-old little girl named Ella. I enjoy spending family time together, watching Tar Heel sports, playing tennis, and playing the drums and piano.

 Nadine Coats

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 Jac Moran

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 Dawn York

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 Misty Sturkie

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Misty Sturkie

Hello SGES Stars! My name is Misty Sturkie and this will be my 16th year teaching. I grew up in West Columbia, South Carolina and graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina in Aiken. I currently teach kindergarten and have also taught first grade and second grade. This year, I will be teaching kindergarten virtually. My family consists of my husband Jason, son Griffin, and two daughters, Rilee and Lia. We enjoy camping, riding bikes, fishing and playing games. I also enjoy going to the beach and watching college football.

 Ann Marie Jowers

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 Kara Turner

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Kara Turner

My name is Kara Turner. This is my 5th year teaching. I grew up in Lexington, SC. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education with an add on of early childhood from Anderson University. I began teaching at Pelion Elementary. I taught 4th grade and then moved to kindergarten. This is my second year at Saxe Gotha. I live in Lexington. My husband and I just had our first child named Parker. I enjoy reading, watching Disney movies, and spending time with my family.

 Heather Smith

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