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Wanda Bolanos

¡Hola! My name is Wanda Bolaños and I'm excited to say this is my sixth year teaching elementary school. I grew up in New York and then I moved to Puerto Rico at a young age. I graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico in 1991. Before starting my teaching career, I worked 24 years with several companies in the private sector. Being a military spouse, I have had the opportunity to travel and live in many different states and countries around the world. This is what led to my passion to teach. I knew I wanted to make a difference. I began my teaching career in Lexington School District One when I decided to change careers. I completed my teaching certification through the Program of Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE) with my World Language(K-6) certification. My husband and I have three children; Beatriz, Ricardo and Natalia. Currently, I live in South Carolina with my husband, Boris, and my daughter Natalia. I enjoy exercising and spending time with my family.

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 4th 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 am currently attending Arkansas State University pursuing a Masters in Educational Leadership. 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!

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 15th year teaching elementary school. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Rutgers University in 2004. In 2016 I earned a Master of Education in Instructional Technology degree from Coastal Carolina University. I have taught in South Korea and New Jersey, and since 2012 I have been with LexOne. This will be my third year at Saxe Gotha Elementary School as the Computer Science/STEM teacher. 

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.

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Katie Oliver

I am happy to teach art for my fifth year at SGE. I have taught elementary art for over 16 years. I have a masters in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education. My undergraduates degree is in Art Education from the University of South Carolina. I love teaching art. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, organizing, and playing with my dog.

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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.