Wanda Bolanos

Phone: 803-821-4828

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Wanda Bolanos

 Paige Ferrara

Phone: 803-821-4865

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Paige Ferrara

Hey everyone! My name is Paige Ferrara and I'm the music teacher at Saxe Gotha Elementary. I am entering my 3rd year of teaching and could not be more excited! I grew up in Pelion, SC and am happy to be teaching in the same district I attended as a kid. I graduated with my Bachelor's in Music Education with a Choral Emphasis and earned a Vocal Performance Certificate from the University of South Carolina. I have a husband, Nic, and a fur-baby (Yogi). When I'm not teaching you can catch me making music and spending time with friends and family!

 Cindy Hecko

Phone: 803-821-4884

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Cindy Hecko

Hi! My name is Cindy Hecko, and I'm excited to say this is my 14th year teaching elementary school. I grew up in Newark, NJ and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology degree from Rutgers University in 2004. In 2016 I earned a Master of Education in Instructional Technology degree from Coastal Carolina University. I began my teaching career in South Korea as an ESOL teacher, and then moved back home to teach bilingual education for the Newark Public Schools for four years. In 2012 I moved to South Carolina and taught second grade Spanish Immersion at Pleasant Hill Elementary. This will be second year at Saxe Gotha Elementary School as the Computer Science teacher. I enjoy reading, watching movies, and spending time with my family.

 Robyn Neville

Phone: 803-821-4837

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Robyn Neville

Hello, my name is Robyn Neville, and I'm thrilled to say this is my 18th year teaching Elementary School and my 16th year teaching Elementary PE. I grew up in Greenville, SC and went through the wonderful Greenville county schools. In 2000, graduated with a BS in Early Childhood Education from Winthrop University. I spent 2 years teaching 4th grade in the Charleston area. In 2002, I entered a Master's program for PE at the University of South Carolina. In 2004, I graduated with an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in PE degree from USC. I began my PE teaching career in Richland School district 1 in 2004. I taught for 12 years in this district. This year starts my 6th year here at Saxe Gotha Elementary. I currently live in Lexington with my husband, Tristan, my son, Balin, and my twin girls, Remi and Nova. I spend my free time working out and spending time with my family.

 Katie Oliver

Phone: 803- 821-4878

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Katie Oliver

Hello Shining Stars!!! My name is Katherine Oliver, and I am so excited to serve all 700 + Saxe Gotha Elementary students. I have enjoyed teaching art for 17 years, the last four years at SGE. I grew up in Charleston, SC and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts in 2004 and a Master's in Educational Leadership from American College of Education in 2016. I began my teaching career in Richland 2 School District at North Springs Elementary. This year I am working on completing my Read 2 Succeed certificate. I reside in Lexington with my husband, and three kids. My kids attend SGE, and are in second grade and kindergarten. When I'm not teaching I'm spending time with my kids and cleaning my house. I am excited to learn so much this year with you!

 Michelle Vestal

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Michelle Vestal

Greetings! My name is Michelle Vestal, and I'm beginning my 21st year in education. This is my 6th year of teaching elementary school. I grew up in Mt. Pleasant, NC and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education degree from Coker College in 1999 (before it became a University), a Master Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy in 2000, and an Education Specialist in Leadership in Educational Administration degree from Capella University in 2015. I began my teaching career in 1999 at a private school in Darlington, SC. I taught one year at this school before moving to Buford High School in Lancaster County, SC, where I taught Health and Physical education for eight years. In 2008, I moved to West Oak High School in Oconee County, SC, where I taught Health, Human Growth and Development, and Physical Education for seven years. Currently, I live in Lexington with my husband, Bruce, and my son, Austin. I enjoy, cooking/baking, reading, watching movies, and spending time with my family.