Osman Demirel Principal
Mr. Demirel received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and minor in economy, and obtained a Master Education degree from Georgia College and State University at Milledgeville GA. He has been dedicated to the field of education for fifteen years in Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia. He has taught in elementary and middle schools. He has been an assistant principal, curriculum coordinator, and math specialist/coach for the last 10 years. During these years he had many leadership responsibilities that included facilitating collaborative planning with teachers, supporting the school student behavior plan, organizing and facilitating school-wide professional development, conferencing with parents.
He believes that all children can learn but each learns in a different way and at different level. With hard work and perseverance we can reach and teach each child at our school. Keeping positive learning environment is the key to success. Team work plays very significant role in education, thus I will make sure we have a very clean communication and open policy among staff, students, and parents.
He will be very visible principal and best part of all he will be visiting the students in all areas of the school. He will be making sure that he gets to know every student and every student gets to know him.
He is happily married and he has 4 boys. During his free time, He enjoys spending time with his family, playing soccer, and walking.
Elizabeth Poore Assistant Principal
I am excited to begin my journey at the Green Charter School of the Midlands for the 2017-2018 school year. I have 22 years experience with traditional public schools as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, reading specialist and an administrator. School should be a fun place where students love to learn and teachers love to teach!
I earned a BA degree from Clemson University in elementary education in 1995. I returned to Clemson for my first masters degree in Reading. Later learned a masters degree in educational leadership from Grand Canyon University.
I enjoy life with my husband, Kevin and our three children. We have one on college, one on high school and a toddler at home! As a family we enjoy the beach and any activity near the water. My favorite sports to waxy are Duke basketball and Clemson football. I love to read mysteries and historical fiction.
I look forward to serving your children this year as they meet their educational goals!
Mary Anne Carroll Kindergarten
Ms. Carroll has 13 years Early Childhood Teaching experience. Her emphasis is Kindergarten and First Grade. She has taught in both public and private school settings. She enjoys encouraging and building confidence in her students. She also encourages independence, learning good communication and problem solving skills. She values parent involvement and keeping parents informed on student progress.
Ms. Carroll is the mother of 2 special needs teenagers: Rachel and Hal. She took a break from teaching to be a stay at home mom with her children for several years before returning to the classroom.
She enjoys being outdoors hiking, swimming, and walking the dam. She also enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, volunteering in the community and babysitting. She is active in her Church, Gateway Baptist. Ms. Carroll is very excited to be a part of this new school community and be a dynamic part of its academic growth.
Rianna Smith 1st Grade
My name is Rianna Smith. I am originally from Syracuse, NY. I spent the past eleven years in Albany, NY. I attended The College of Saint Rose where I received my dual Bachelors degree in Childhood and Special Education, as well as my Masters degree in Literacy. I have been teaching first grade for seven years.
I am brand new to South Carolina, and am very excited to meet new people and build new relationships. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband Tom, and our pitbull terrier named Roxy. Sports, cooking, and traveling are passions of mine.
Garnett Rooks 1st Grade
This is my third year teaching. I taught for two years in Richland One. I graduated in May 2015 from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education.
I was born and raised a Carolina Gamecock! I have one brother and one sister. Being a teacher has always been something I dreamed of since I was a child with a classroom set up in my house.
A Few of My Favorites; my family and friends, my dog, the beach, yellow, music, road trips, and laughing. I look forward to building a community of learners. Each unique student will bring something special on our voyage through the 2017-2018 school year!
Terrence Duggan 2nd Grade
My name is Terrence L. Duggan, and I am the son of Willie M. Duggan and Patricia S. Duggan. I was actually born on Mother's Day too!!! As a native of Columbia, SC, I attended school in Richland County School District One. After graduating from W. J. Keenan High School, I went on to continue my education at Winthrop University. At Winthrop, I was the president of the Vision of Prayze Gospel Choir, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., chaplain of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and chair of the Boys II Men mentoring program. I have also participated and was awarded honors with the FIRST Robotics.
Being a teacher has always been my dream. Growing up as a child, I wanted to learn all that I could. I am still the same way today! There is always room to learn and grow. I am around children just about 7 days a week whether it is at church, school, or mentoring. This made me finally realize that teaching is my divine gift.
It is my goal in life to be one of the best educators ever. You typically see a woman in the class teaching, but I am here to show everyone that a man has the same passion in the field of education. I stand firm on my motto stated above and abide by it each and every day. Let’s get ready to have a great year!
Michelle Johnson 3rd Grade
I am a native of Columbia and I am excited to return to my hometown to begin my teaching career after recently graduating from North Greenville University. I am passionate about helping children learn and grow and I am excited about teaching and building relationships with students at Green Charter School. I have had many people make a meaningful difference in my life and I am eager to give back and invest in the lives of these young students. As a teacher, I recognize and affirm that each and every student has unique talents and gifts. No matter the starting point of my students, I want to help them progress in their academic journey and guide them in discovering their potential while developing a genuine love for learning along the way.
Outside of the classroom you will find me playing soccer, spending time with friends and family, and checking out a variety of coffee shops in the area. I love traveling and experiencing different cultures and I have an ever-expanding list of places to visit around the world!
Christina Moore 3rd Grade
My name is Christina Moore and I will be teaching third grade this year. I am originally from Edgefield, SC. I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology from Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. I have enjoyed living and working in Columbia for the past two years. I am enthusiastic to embark on my fifth year of teaching. As an educator, I believe my responsibility is to teach students using a variety of instructional strategies so, that all students understand. My goal is to always make learning fun and exciting for students. I also strive to develop well-rounded individuals who become contributing members of our society. I believe that students need to feel comfortable working, exploring, taking risks, and learning by fostering a growth mindset to meet high expectations. Building relationships with students and their families is a key component to building a safe class environment. As we embark on this journey of learning together my focus is to turn students into lifelong learners.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and family. I also enjoy reading and shopping.
Susan Brown 4th Grade ELA & Social Studies
Hello, my name is Sue Brown, and I am very excited to be starting the new 2017-2018 school year as the 4th Grade ELA/Social Studies Teacher at GREEN Charter of the Midlands. I became a member of the GREEN family last year teaching 4th Grade ELA at GREEN Charter in Greenville. My husband and I relocated to South Carolina from Florida so we could be closer to our family, which includes our 3 year old granddaughter, Mary Sue. We love to travel, and are excited to begin exploring the Columbia area and all it has to offer.
I graduated from Vermont College with a BA in Liberal Arts/Teacher Education Licensure, and have been teaching K4, 4th and 5th grades within private, charter, and public schools for the past 12 years. My goal each year is to create a caring, positive environment within the classroom, where children may gain confidence in themselves, and their abilities, thus allowing each student to achieve their own potential. I am looking forward to the opening of our new school, and meeting all of our amazing 4th graders!
Megan Mantooth 4th Grade Math & Science Teacher
My name is Megan Mantooth! I'm a Columbia College graduate and have been married for 9 years. I have a son who is 6 and a daughter who is almost 4. I enjoy nature, sports, traveling, and teaching. I am so excited about teaching here at Green Charter of the Midlands where our OWLS will Observe, Work (together), Lead, and Succeed!
Tara Price Alexander 5th Grade ELA & Social Studies
I am excited to begin this school year at Green Charter School of the Midlands! This will be my 20th year of teaching. I graduated from Newberry College with a degree in English/Secondary Education. I added Early Childhood and Gifted and Talented after several years in the classroom.
Outside of the classroom I stay busy with my 3 children. My oldest will be a sophomore at USC, my middle child will be a junior at Dutch Fork High, and my youngest will be a 7th grader at Dutch Fork Middle. We have one pet, a Morkie named Sophie, that loves to be spoiled. I enjoy watching my kids play sports, being with family, and keeping up with current events. I can't wait to meet my students and their families at GCS of the Midlands!
Nicki Doremus K5 Teacher
Hi! My name is Nicki Doremus! I am beyond excited to become a part of the GREEN Charter School of the Midlands family! I am looking forward to meeting each child and parent in our classroom family! I don't teach Kindergarten...I teach children! I teach little readers and writers, mathematicians, scientists, engineers, artists, athletes, problem solvers...the list goes on!
I am originally from Orangeburg, SC and graduated from Orangeburg Prep in 1996. I attended Winthrop University, graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and have been teaching...and learning...every day since! This will be my 18th year. Being a teacher is not a job. It’s not a career. It’s my identity; my way of life. I began my teaching adventure in Kindergarten then "tried on" 1st and 3rd grades, but I just had to follow my heart back to the Kindergarten classroom!
I am blessed with a beautiful 10-year-old daughter, Emma Grace. She loves all animals; even our classroom pet ball python, Debbie…but horses are her passion! She has 2 horses, Tulia and Mariah and rides them with the grace and confidence of an avid equestrian! I am extremely proud of the young lady she is becoming. I continue to grow as a mother, a teacher, a friend, a daughter as she continues to teach me about the kind of person I want to be. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to teach, learn, explore, wonder, and play along-side your child this year! Thank you for sharing with me.
Takaya Hall-Burton Science
I have over 15 years of experience working with children in various capacities. I graduated from The University of South Carolina in 2005 with a degree in Sociology. I went to work as an Early Interventionist and that is when I discovered I wanted to teach. In 2009 I received a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. I have taught 2nd, 3rd and 6th grades in the past. Science is my all time favorite subject to teach. I left the classroom in 2014 to be a stay at home mommy to my baby boy. I am excited to be back in the classroom and thrilled to be a part of the Green Charter School Family!
In my free time I enjoy hanging with friends and family, and traveling.
Shana Sweeney 5th and 6th Grade Math Teacher
My name is Shana Sweeney. I am fifth and sixth math grade teacher. I enjoy working with children and helping them reach for their dreams through their education. I believe every child should be valued and treated with respect. An education should empower a child and help him or her make a positive contribution to our world.
I am the mother of two children (9th grader and 5th grader). A native New Yorker and diehard sports fanatic. My favorite teams are: Dallas Cowboys, Syracuse Orangemen Men's Basketball, NY Mets, and NY Knicks. During my spare time I live to read James Patterson novels, bowl and watch A&E network.
I look forward to getting to know all of you this year!
Harriett Abraham 6th Grade ELA & Social Studies
Hello! My name is Harriett Abraham a native of Macon, Georgia. I have been an educator since 2010. I am a wife and the mother of one, who enjoys baking, reading, and going to the beach. In my house during football season we root for The Carolina Gamecocks and The Atlanta Falcons.
Alexandria Newton Computer & PLTW Teacher
My name is Alexandria Newton and I have recently moved to the area after living in Beaufort SC for the past 8 years. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of SC Beaufort. I have also obtained a Master’s degree in Educational Assessment and Evaluation from American Intercontinental University Online and a Master’s degree in Adult Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University. I have two sons ages 8 and 11 whom keep me on my toes! I am excited about my opportunity to work at Green Charter and I am looking forward to an exciting year of learning, exploring, and growing with the students!
Nixie Miller Art
Calling the Midlands “Home” for her entire life, Nixie Miller grew up playing soccer, taking photographs and skiing on Lake Murray. After graduating from Lexington High School, she attended the University of South Carolina where she earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Art Education. At U.S.C., she received training in most media of Visual Art from drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and photography.
Miller experienced teaching this creative expression in a program called Young Artists Workshop where she was able to work with students in Kindergarten through High School. Inspired by the endless imaginations, her teaching career began at Dorman Freshman Academy in Spartanburg, SC.
After 2 years in the upstate, she moved to Lexington School District One, the same school system where she was educated as a young student and began teaching at Gilbert High School. Mrs. Miller spent 11 years at GHS, attended two more training courses, Curriculum Leadership Institute in the Arts (Part 1 and Part 2) through Winthrop University and coached Varsity Girls’ Soccer. Mrs. Miller’s goal at G.H.S. was to grow the program as much as possible, to add coursework, student awards and eventually see an Advanced Placement Studio Art Course put in place.
Mrs. Miller is a Coaching Teacher to practicum students at U.S.C., was a mentor for first year teachers and became lead teacher of high school art teachers in Lexington One until seeking the opportunity to teach at Green Charter School.
Nixie lives in the Whitehall Neighborhood of Irmo, with her husband Chris who is also a teacher (of Orchestra) and her daughter Layla (5) who will be attending kindergarten at GCS and Halsy (3) who loves bouncy balls, monster trucks and milk! Mrs. Miller is most looking forward to a fresh start teaching young students, riding to school with Layla and making GCS a second home! She has one old dog named “Sammy” and 2 cats called “Squab” and “Spirit”. Her current hobbies are painting, cooking, gardening, arts & crafts and Yoga. Mrs. Miller is also available for hire for family photography needs, acrylic painting and colored pencil.
Megan Gotz Teacher Aide
My name is Megan Gotz, and I am a recent graduate of The University of South Carolina Upstate with a Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education. My love of teaching stems from my parent’s drive for academic success growing up. My first experience working with children was leading Vacation Bible School. There, I decided to take a two year Early Childhood Education course through Grundy Area Vocational Center my junior and senior year of high school. In college, I worked for Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission in their after school and Summer Safari program. I was also an Afterschool Religious Studies Teacher a few times a week at Maximum Early Learning Center. My passion for teaching continues to grow the more I get to guide and watch students as they learn and grow. Each student has unique ideas and capabilities to share with everyone around them. I strive to build a community of learners that want to explore and ask questions to find answers. I am excited to see what adventures this school year brings!
Brooks Mathews Physical Education
My name is Brooks Mathews and I’m so excited that I have the privilege to join Green Charter School this year. This will be my second year of teaching and I can’t wait to continue to implement and instill a positive health mindset in the hearts and minds of our young leaders. I grew up in Columbia, SC and attended the University of South Carolina, where I studied Public Health and Psychology. I have always been extremely passionate about working with children, and have been fortunate enough to have worked with children through various avenues, including education, hospitals through Child Life where I planned activities and games for children, and numerous camps and retreats. The importance of exercise, health, and fitness has always played a significant role in my life, driving me to play competitive soccer for 11 years! When I am not experiencing the wonderful joys of teaching and working with children, you can find me spending time with my wonderful husband, family and friends!