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  1. Administration
  2. Kindergarten
  3. 1st Grade
  4. 2nd Grade
  5. 3rd Grade
  6. 4th, 5th, 6th Grades
  7. 7th-10th Grades
  8. Related Arts
  9. Support Staff

Adem Dokmeci - Executive Director/Principal
Welcome back to our GREEN Charter family! We are looking forward to a fantastic 2017-2018 school year. My name is Adem Dokmeci and I have had the privilege of serving the Greenville community as the Executive Director of Greenville Renewable Energy Education (GREEN) Charter School since our conception in 2013. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Physics, a Master’s in Education and have worked in the field of Education for over 20 years.
I love working with children of all ages and have had the good fortune of creating a productive learning environment by starting schools in Florida, New York and now South Carolina. As a result of the positive feedback from the Greenville community, we are proud to announce the 2017-2018 opening of our Irmo campus, GREEN Charter School of the Midlands, welcoming close to 300 students. We are excited about the continued growth of our Greenville location. The Upper School, located at 211 Century Drive in Greenville, SC, is set to open August 28, 2017 to accommodate our 7th-10th grade students. Students entering grades K5-6th will remain at our 1440 Pelham Road campus.When I’m not involved with school activities, I enjoy time with my wife and four kids (three of which are students at GREEN), playing soccer and watching NetFlix.


Ali Polat - Assistant Principal
I am thrilled to be a part of the GREEN Charter School family.  This school year will be my fifth year at GREEN Charter School as an Assistant Principal.  I am very excited to work with such a dedicated staff, hard-working students, and supportive parents.
My undergraduate and Master’s degree is in System Engineering but my passion is education. I also have a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. I have been in education for more 10 years. I am passionate about building upon the success and fulfillment I have already experienced as a teacher, graduation coach and a college counselor.
When I am not at school I enjoy spending time with my daughter. I am grateful to be in GREEN Charter School family. I look forward to another exciting year at GREEN.

Malana Fitzgerald - Lower School Director
I’m excited to continue my journey as part of the Administrative team at GREEN Charter.  I have loved being a part of GREEN since it opened its doors in 2013.  The growth of our school has been amazing to watch each year.

Before relocating to Greenville, I spent 8 years teaching 5th grade Math, serving as a district Math Coach, and math interventionist in Raleigh, NC.  At GREEN I taught 4-6th grade Math as well as Pre-Algebra before becoming the Assistant Principal. 

When not at school, I stay busy being a mom and wife.  I have a 4 year old daughter and a 20 month old son. Along with my husband, we enjoy trying new restaurants and attending events around town. 

I look forward to working with your children this year and helping them succeed!

Omer Toksoz - Upper School Director
My name is Omer Toksoz. I have worked in various parts of the world, from Africa to mid Asia. I have been in education since 2000. I taught math for 15 years. I have been serving in administrator position since 2011.  I have masters degree in Learning Sciences form Penn State University. I worked in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania past ten years.

 I am very happy to join the admin team at Green Charter community. I will serve as the Campus Director at the upper school. I will also continue my role as a teacher in Pre-Calculus course.

I am married and we have four kids. We love sightseeing and travelling as a family. I like outdoor activities and grilling.

 

Brandi Moss - Kindergarten
"Hey ya'll!" My name is Brandi Moss. My family and I LOVE the Greenville area, so it is an awesome feeling to be so involved in our favorite community. I am entering my 14th year teaching and my 3rd year at GREEN. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Clemson University (Go Tigers!), and a Master’s degree with a focus on Science Education from Walden University.  My husband and I are both from the Upstate area. We have two children, Charlie and Stella. We also have two dogs, Carlie Jane and RJ.

Early Childhood is my passion because it is such an extraordinary experience to be involved at the ‘starting line’ of education. In our classroom, a school 'family' atmosphere is always established. We will help each other, cheer for each other, accept each other, and learn from each other.  I look forward to working with you and being a part of this important step in your child's life!

Carole-Anne Craft - Kindergarten
Hello, my name is Carole-Anne Craft. I am a graduate of North Greenville University with a Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education. This will be my second year at GREEN Charter and my second year teaching Kindergarten. I have loved every minute of my teaching journey and cannot wait to see what this year has in store! A wise person once said that “Childhood is a journey, not a race.” I intend to make sure that my students have a wonderful journey in Kindergarten with engaging and fun activities to enrich their precious minds. While helping enrich their minds, my own is renewed by my students’ positive and energetic attitudes. Teaching is my passion and my heart’s desire. It brings me true joy to teach and care for little people.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading under a blanket, drinking coffee, watching movies, singing and playing guitar, walking Silas (our big dog), and most importantly, spending time with my husband. And that is Carole-Anne in a nutshell! Thank you for entrusting your children into our care. We will make this year one of the best ones yet!

Darshita Bhakta - Kindergarten
My name is Darshita Bhakta.This is my third year at Green Charter School. I am a kindergarten aide and also help with after school care. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Here at GREEN, I always try to encourage my students to do their best and respect others. I am looking forward to meeting our new group of children this year. I know that we will have a great year full of fun times. When I am not at school, I enjoy cooking, going to the movies and spending time with family.  My husband and I have been married for seven years and live in Moore, SC.  I can not wait to make new memories this year!

 

Tamara Kilpatrick - Kindergarten
I am so excited and thrilled to be a Kindergarten teacher at GREEN Charter School! It is such a joy to work with such amazing and talented educators. We get to do so many amazing and unique things here at GREEN.  I am excited to oversee our chicken club this year and to help facilitate many learning experiences raising chickens in an urban school setting.

I began my career in teaching when I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood from Coastal Carolina University. I moved to Greenville, SC in 2010 to begin my Master of Arts in Early Childhood. I have taught Kindergarten and K4 in both Horry and Greenville County. Kindergarten is such a special and exciting grade to teach! Facilitating a positive and enriching environment for your child to blossom and exceed their learning potential is my goal each and every day that your child steps into my classroom.

Whitney Boyd - Kindergarten
Hi, I’m Whitney Boyd and I am kindergarten teacher at GREEN Charter. This will be the beginning of my third year at GREEN, second as a full time kindergarten teacher. I graduated from the amazing, wonderful Clemson University earning my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. I come from a family that has many teachers which is one major reason I decided to go into this profession. I was also inspired by many of my teachers throughout my education. I strive to not only educate my students academically but also positively influence them in many areas. With all the craziness and unfortunate things in the world, I want to create a place where students feel safe and learn to love and accept one another. I also make it a goal to instil confidence and self worth in my students. That’s why I love kindergarten, I feel like it is a prime age start positively impacting them so they can grow into awesome people...and they also make me laugh on a daily basis.

On a more personal note, I love attending Clemson football games...I’m at every home game and even some away games. Football is my favorite sport to watch overall but I enjoy watching many other sports as well. I’m a Yankees/Braves fan as well as the Falcons/Panthers. My favorite colors are Navy blue and pink, but I like all colors. My favorite place to go is Edisto Beach, or any beach for that matter. I love to travel and see new places and learn new things about different cultures. Which is another reason I like working at GREEN because I’m engulfed in a diverse range of cultures. I have an older sister who is a high school math teacher. I love music and can play the flute and piano, and hope to learn the guitar one day. I love spending time with friends and family and just having fun.

I look forward to this upcoming school year because I know it will be great!

Krystale McClure - Kindergarten Aide
Hey There! My name is Mrs. McClure, also known as Ms. King. This is my third year at GREEN as a Kindergarten Aide. I studied Elementary Education at Limestone College. I thoroughly enjoy what I do! It is so rewarding to be a part of your child’s kindergarten journey. Here at GREEN it's our mission to inspire our kids to not only have the academic success but to also encourage them to love one another. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my precious husband and our sweet fur baby, Chole. My family and friends mean the world to me so I love to spend time with them. I am excited to start a new year school year. See ya soon!

Sara Turner - Kindergarten Aide
Hello! I'm Sara Turner and this will be my fourth year at GREEN as a k5 aide. I have a bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Early Intervention from Winthrop University. I am originally from the lower part of the state but have called Greenville home for 8 years now. When I'm not at school, I love exploring downtown Greenville or relaxing on Edisto Island with my 3 dogs and spouse. My favorite thing about our school is that we feel like one big family. I am so excited for a new school year and all the new experiences we will have in kindergarten this year!

Jennifer Molizon - Kindergarten Aide
Hi! I am Jennifer Molizon. I am starting my 2nd year at GREEN as Kindergarten Aide. I have an Associates of Arts degree from Greenville Tech and I am currently working towards my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Here at GREEN we strive to create an environment that feels like home. We want to provide them with the education to insure their future success.  When I’m not at school I enjoy spending time with family, friends, and my sweet dog, Murphy. I love to read, sing, and dance. I am looking forward to meeting the new students coming and helping assistant them in a successful first year.I know this year will be full of new and fun experiences.

 

Anna Patrick - First Grade
Hi there! My name is Anna Patrick. I am new to the GREEN Charter family and I am thrilled to be joining this incredible school. This will be my second year teaching but my first year teaching first grade. I have wanted to be a first grade teacher since I was a little girl, so I am very excited for this new adventure! I am a native of Greenville, attending the Fine Arts Center and graduating from Wade Hampton High School. In May 2016, I earned my degree in early childhood education from Clemson University. Go Tigers! In my free time I love to spend quality time with my friends and family, drink lots of coffee, eat lots of chips and salsa, go to Clemson football games, and avoid my least favorite thing… sitting still! I try to exercise as much as I can and I like to be active! It turns out most kids like to be active too, so teaching is perfect for me!
I love getting to know my students and building relationships with them. Their outlook on life and curiosity is inspiring and they teach me so much! Watching my students grow and achieve their goals brings me so much joy. It is my passion to help children not only reach their academic goals, but to also foster social and emotional development, helping them develop the qualities of a great citizen: compassion, understanding, responsibility, confidence, honesty, respect, and a positive attitude. I am so excited for an amazing year at GREEN Charter School

Brittany LaRue - First Grade
Hello, My name is Brittany LaRue, and I am thrilled to be teaching 1st grade at Green Charter for the 2017-2018 school year. This will be my 6th year teaching and my first year in 1st grade. I spent my prior five years in both 2nd and 3rd grade. I graduated from The University of South Carolina with a BA in Elementary Education (Go Gamecocks!). I am a native of Greenville, SC, having graduated from Riverside High School, and love being able to teach here now. In my free time I love to spend time with my husband, my 1 year old son, and our golden retriever. We enjoy traveling, going to the Carolina football games, and spending time with friends and family.
Teaching has been my passion since I was a little girl. I spent my afternoons and summers sitting in my mother’s classroom cutting out lamination and helping to put up bulletin boards. I love waking up each morning to work with my students. They inspire me daily to learn new things and grow in my profession. I work hard each day to build a community of learners and risk takers. I am excited for the journey ahead, and I can’t wait to see what amazing things we are able to accomplish this school year.

Sarah Till - First Grade
Hi there! My name is Sarah Till and I am excited about starting my 5th year at GREEN. Let me tell you about myself. I have been married to a wonderful man (Mike) for 19 years. We have three awesome children (Michael, Joy, and Luke) and one miniature dachshund (Willie). I graduated from North Greenville University ‘89 and Gardner-Webb University ‘91. My certifications are in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. In my 17 years of teaching, I have taught 4K, K, 1st, 2nd, and 6th grades. I see myself as being a lifelong learner, so I look for ways to better myself. My desires for the children I teach are: to love one another, to encourage them to reach for the stars, and to have an awesome school experience.

Hannah Banks - First Grade
Hello! My name is Mrs. Banks and I am so excited the be a part of the first grade team at Green Charter School again this year! I was born and raised in Sumter, SC, where my family still lives. I graduated from North Greenville University in 2011 with a B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education. My husband and I live in Greenville near Travelers Rest with our dog, Jack, and we love spending time together. I have been teaching within the early childhood field for the past 6 years. First grade is where my heart belongs! My plan for the future is to obtain a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. It is my calling to teach children and it is my purpose to facilitate a nurturing environment in which my students can reach their full potential as learners. I am thrilled to be a part of Green Charter School, and I am looking forward to another spectacular year.

Sarah Broomfield - 2nd Grade Teacher
My name is Sarah Broomfield. I just recently moved to the area from Orlando, Florida and I am so excited to be in beautiful Greenville! In Florida, I completed my Bachelors in Elementary Education with training for ESOL and Reading Endorsements from the University of Central Florida. I am beyond excited to begin my journey teaching at GREEN Charter School. I look forward to spending the year getting to know each of my students and watching them grow academically. I have a huge passion for working with children and I believe that each child has the potential to grow exponentially with the support and guidance from a loving and knowledgeable teacher. I believe that having balance between my career and personal life allows me to perform best when I am in the classroom so I love to keep up with my many hobbies.These include: spending time with friends and family, taking care of my pets, decorating my house, and being active outdoors.

Caroline Arrowood - 2nd Grade Teacher
Hi!  I am Caroline Arrowood and I will be starting my 2nd year teaching 2nd grade.  I graduated May 2015 from USC Upstate with a degree in Early Childhood education.  I love teaching 2nd grade and can’t wait to enrich my students lives!
When I am not at school, I enjoy reading and spending time with my family, friends and my sweet German Shepherd. ☺  I am a major Gamecocks and Dallas Cowboys fan! 


Megan Lewis - 2nd Grade Teacher
My name is Megan Lewis and this will be my fourth year at GREEN Charter. I'm excited to have a new second grade class for the 2017-2018 school year! I graduated from North Greenville University in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. I have taught in grades 4K-3rd since graduating. I love being a teacher because I love to observe students as they learn something new every day and seeing their reaction to life, as it comes their way. Children are amazing in every way and I just want to be a teacher that inspires and helps them to become more amazing and develop them into lifelong learners!


Melissa Collins - 2nd Grade Teacher
My name is Melissa Collins, and I am originally from Northwest Indiana.  Throughout my teaching career, I have been blessed with experiences in Nevada, Arizona, Indiana, and now Greenville, South Carolina.  It is hard to believe that I have been in the educational field for 11 years already.  It feels like just yesterday I was graduating from Purdue University.

Besides spending time with my husband and our rescued fur baby, I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, sports, reading, and creating delicious meals and treats for my family and friends.

Remember, YOU are the creator of your own destiny.

 

Suzanne Mahan - 3rd Grade Teacher/ELA/SS
My name is Suzanne Mahan and I am so excited to start my second year at GREEN Charter! I had such an amazing time with our wonderful students last year and cannot wait to continue my journey with our new kids this year.

I earned my bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina (Go Cocks!) and my Master’s Degree from Converse College.

Outside of school you can find me with my family and friends or curled up on the couch with my dog Cherokee watching a good movie. My husband (Alex) and I love to stay active so we spend our weekends traveling to state parks, tackling home projects, or going on a quick weekend getaway. 

Allison Rainer - 3rd Grade Teacher/ELA and SS
My name is Allison Rainer and I am so excited to be starting my second year at GREEN!! I graduated from Bob Jones University in Early Childhood Education and I am currently pursuing a Master’s in Literacy from Clemson University. I believe that teachers should be lifelong learners, and I want to instill a love for learning and reading in my students.

When I’m not at school, I enjoy traveling and exploring with my husband, Andrew, spending time with our sweet German Shepherd/Lab, Sadie, hiking and biking the Upstate, playing piano, watching Tiger football, and drinking coffee while doing grad work!

Thank you for sharing your children with us, and I look forward to a great year!!

Amanda Wilkerson - 3rd Grade Teacher/Math and Science
My name is Amanda Wilkerson and I am extremely grateful to be starting my third year here at GREEN! I am a graduate of Winthrop University and hold a certification in Gifted and Talented Education. I am very excited to be working with Mrs. Mahan again this year and can’t wait to meet all of our wonderful students.

In my classroom I like students to have as much hands-on learning as possible. I enjoy bringing in guest speakers and real-world problems to the classroom. I hope that all of my students fall in love with learning and grow as scientists, mathematicians, and citizens of the world.

Outside of the classroom I enjoy hiking with my fiance and our dog Penny. I love a good book, and am an amateur painter and photographer. I am originally from Pennsylvania and am a huge Pittsburgh sports fan, Penguins hockey is my favorite!

I can’t wait for an amazing year in math and science!

Rachel Smith - 3rd Grade Teacher/ Math and Science
My name is Rachel Smith and I am excited to be back at Green Charter for a second year. I will be teaching math and science this year and I will be working hard to create fun learning experiences for the students in third grade. I use a lot of hands-on projects to make school fun and relevant!

I graduated with a bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Bob Jones University, and close to completing a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Furman University. I love being a student just as much as I love teaching!

My free time usually spent exploring our wonderful cities, I love to spend time with friends trying local restaurants, going to festivals, finding live music or any type of experience that is new and exciting. I also love to travel, I have visited 5 countries so far and I plan to visit many more!

John Ott, Jr - 5th, 6th Grade Social Studies
My name is John Ott, Jr. and I will be teaching fifth and sixth grade Social Studies at GREEN Charter this year.  I have an endorsement in Gifted and Talented Education by the South Carolina Department of Education, meaning I have received special training to help meet the needs of Gifted and Talented students here at GREEN. I graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities with a pre-professional degree in creative writing.  I then received a Palmetto Fellows Scholarship and graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College Magna Cum Laude.  I am also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and recently I’ve had scientific research published in the scientific journal of the Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Proceedings.  I look forward to helping students see the connections between Social Studies and current advancements in the science and technology of renewable energy. 

Nizamettin Yildiz -  6th Grade Math
Hi My name is Nizamettin Yildiz and this is my first year with the GREEN Charter family. I completed my bachelor’s degree in Education/Math and then got my master's degree in Educational Economy and Planning. I have taught Math for the past 19 years in Arizona, California, and Ohio. I also coached school math teams and had the opportunity to prepare students for a wide range of mathematical activities. I am very  honored and happy to be a part of such a good team.

This year I will be teaching  6th grade math. I am also planning to form math groups out of my 6th grade students to teach them more challenging math skills and to coach them in studies in order to get them prepared for competitions like Mathcounts. I am very excited that I will be sharing all my knowledge and skills  with such outstanding groups of students who are very eager and enthusiastic to learn.

Claire Berg - 5th and 6th Grade Science
My name is Claire Berg and I’m excited to be joining Green Charter School! I have been teaching science for the past 5 years at Greenville Middle Academy after receiving a MAT degree from Clemson. Science and Art are my game! I look forward to sharing my love of science/STEAM with all of my students. Parents are welcome to join our classroom and share their time and talents in science. Outside of school, I enjoy a smorgasbord of activities! You can often find me outdoors from the mountains to the beach as well as working in my garden and enjoying our animals at home. Part of my time is also spent with the Arts, which are a major part of my family. We enjoy visiting museums, participating in and volunteering at the theatre, and designing on our own. My daughter is a Scenic Design Major at College
of Charleston and my son attends the Fine Arts Center for Architecture.

Mallory LeBarron - 4th and 5th Social Studies
My name is Mallary LeBarron and this will be my 5th year at GREEN Charter!  I have enjoyed being a part of this school family since day one and look forward to learning and growing with all of my new scholars!

When I am not at school I can be found outdoors.  I love camping, hiking, kayaking and just traveling in general.  I have a beautiful 8 year old daughter who will be a third grader at GREEN this year!  I am also currently enrolled at Furman University working on my Master’s Degree.

I am excited for another amazing year with all of my new kids!

Kelley Koch - 4th Grade Math
My name is Kelley Koch and I am extremely blessed to be a part of such an outstanding school and a wonderful team of teachers. I taught in Georgia for several years before moving to Greenville in 2015. This will be my third year at GREEN!

Outside of the classroom, you will find me hiking with my husband, trail running, checking out the local farmer’s markets, playing with my two black labs, or preparing for my baby girl due in November!

I am so excited to meet all of the amazing 4th graders, and I cannot wait to learn, grow, and explore right beside them. Thank you for sharing your children with me, and I look forward to this incredibly successful school year!

Derrick Blanding - 4th and 5th Grade Science
I, Derrick Blanding, am from the historic town of Pendleton, SC. I am honored and blessed to have an opportunity to teach 4th/5th science at Green Charter School. I graduated from Clemson University with a BA in Elementary Education. I am currently pursuing a graduate degree in education from Anderson University. I am an active member of the nationally acclaimed Call Me MISTER program. I operate Courage Enrichment LLC, a premier after school and summer camp experience for students in Clemson, SC. In my spare time, I enjoy driving buses and producing videos. I look forward to an amazing school year. Please feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Erika Heath - 5th Grade Math
My name is Erika Heath and I am ecstatic to begin my third year of teaching at GREEN Charter School. I graduated from USC Upstate with my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, and I am currently in the Master’s of Education program at Clemson University. As an educator, I believe that we are all lifelong learners and it is my duty to continue to educate myself so that I am able to provide my students with a high quality of education. I spent the first two years of my career at a local private school so I am excited that I will have the opportunity to experience a new environment. My biggest passion is caring for my three year old son, Easton. Coffee keeps me fueled so that I can keep up with my little guy. I love to thrift shop and attempt crafts (which I’m not very good at) in my free time. I hope that you all have as awesome of a year as I plan to!

Lynn Flake - 4th Grade ELA
My name is Lynn Flake and I am thrilled to be starting my first year at GREEN Charter School this year! This is my 5th year teaching. I graduated from Clemson University with my Bachelors in Elementary Education. Before I studied at Clemson, I spent two years at Winthrop University studying special education and dance.
I am originally from Summerville, SC. Currently, I live in Greenville with my husband, son and our two cats! I love all things creative and really enjoy being outside. Some of my hobbies include reading, cooking, camping, and yoga.


Elizabeth McClure - 6th Grade ELA
After completing her Teach for America commitment in rural Arkansas, Ms. Elizabeth McClure is excited to enter her fourth year of teaching back in her home state. A native of Charleston, Ms. McClure graduated from The Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, where she concentrated in creative writing. She later earned an English degree from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi. Ms. McClure’s goal for this year is to insure that students understand the value of English Language Arts by creating interdisciplinary curriculum that engages all learners. In her free time, Ms. McClure enjoys reading, writing, yoga, and taking hikes throughout the upstate with her black labrador, Mac.

Mugdha Vashi - 5th Grade ELA
Welcome to fifth grade! I am so excited to be your teacher this year! I can't wait to get to know you.  My name is Mugdha Vashi. I am a fifth grade ELA teacher here at GREEN Charter School. I am so excited to start my fourth year at GREEN! I live in Greer with my husband Vishant and our son Manas. I enjoy reading, painting, and gardening. I graduated from Converse College in 2012 with Bachelor of Arts in English. Shortly after I graduated, my love of learning took me back to Converse to earn my Master's degree in Education and Gifted & Talented endorsement. Throughout this year, my hope is to instill a passion for lifelong learning into each child. My goal is to help my students acquire the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes to become productive members of society. I will encourage students to take the initiative in their learning and present them with opportunities that will allow them to think critically. I truly believe that every child is capable of learning and achieving success if given the appropriate amount of attention, support, and guidance.

Jodi Isaacs - College Counselor
My name is Jodi Isaacs and I have been part of the GREEN Charter family since the first day of school in 2013. My 2 children, Trey and Lucy, attended GREEN opening year and I joined the staff in 2014. I have been in education for over 10 years and am thrilled to be counseling GREEN Charter’s Upper School students. Recently, I completed the credentials for becoming a Career Development Facilitator and have become an active member of the Southern Association of College Counselors. I am looking forward to guiding students in identifying their career interests and academic strengths in order to choose the college or university that will ensure continued success after high school!

Angelique Piotrowsky - Middle and High School Math
My name is Angelique Piotrowsky, and I am very excited to join the team here GREEN Charter
School.  I am originally from Columbia, South Carolina where I lived in Cayce West Columbia and South Congaree for 11 years before moving to Belton, South Carolina.  I attended Lander University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mathematics with Secondary Certification.  After graduating from Lander, I began working at T.L. Hanna High School where I taught math for eight years.  I also worked at Belton Middle School for one year as a math teacher.  This year will be my tenth year teaching. 

Along with teaching, I enjoy playing strategic board games with my husband and son.  Some of our favorite games include Qwirkle, Forbidden Island, Wits and Wagers, and Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock.

I look forward to a wonderful and exciting year here at GREEN Charter School.

Kellie Anderson - 7th and 8th Grade ELA
My name is Kellie Anderson and I am originally from the suburbs of Chicago. I sought opportunity to expand my education and soccer career at a private college in Iowa called Wartburg College. While playing soccer, I earned my bachelor’s degree in English Education. After undergrad, I accepted a 7th and 8th grade teaching position with a small school district near where I attended college. In addition to classroom teaching, I was a model teacher. This allowed me to assist teachers with curriculum, classroom management, and various teaching strategies. Throughout the four years I was teaching in Iowa, I developed a love for running. I have participated in numerous half-marathons around the Midwest and completed three marathons in Chicago. Between teaching and running, I started working on my master’s degree in Teaching English in Secondary Schools through the University of Northern Iowa. I am excited to be graduating in May of 2018. Eager to be closer to family, I decided to move to South Carolina to be closer to my twin sister (Ms. Anderson- science). I am extremely excited and thankful for the opportunity to be teaching at GREEN Charter this upcoming year. I can’t wait to share my passion for reading and writing!

Lisa Anderson - 7th and 8th Science
My name is Lisa Anderson and after arriving at Iowa State University from a suburb of Chicago, I soon found my passion in the biology department; more specifically, entomology. Throughout my undergrad career, I studied entomology and interned with Pioneer International in Johnston, Iowa. There, I focused on how efficacious certain gene expressions were on insects. Soon after graduating, I accepted a position with Valent BioScience. At Valent, I reared mosquitoes and conducted efficacy tests with larvicides. Not being able to share my passion of science in a laboratory, I knew research wasn’t going to be my lifelong career so I enrolled at Iowa State University pursuing a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching Science. Once I was completed with my master’s degree, I followed my childhood dream of living somewhere warm and found myself in South Carolina. I accepted a middle school science teaching position at Dent Middle School in Columbia. After hearing about what a wonderful and supportive community Greenville was, I moved and accepted a middle school science teaching position here at GREEN Charter. In my free time I enjoy spending time fishing, hiking, and being outdoors with my boyfriend and our two dogs.  I also enjoy spending time with my twin sister, Kelli Anderson, who also teaches at GREEN!

Steve Creasman - Middle and High School Social Studies
Hi, my name is Steve Creasman and I am in my twelfth year of teaching history, government, economics and geography to high school and middle school students. This is my fourth year at Green Charter School. I will be teaching AP Human Geography, United States History and World History in the Upper School. I will also be leading a club covering various topics in military history. I received my undergraduate degree in history from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and my Masters in International Relations from Norwich University in Vermont.  I was also fortunate to spend 6 years in United States Marine Corps expeditionary special operations capable unit getting to travel to most of the areas in the world we will be discussing. I like to run ultra trail marathons in the 50k to 100 mile range, rock climb, kayak, read, hike, study Catholic Theology and spend lots of time with my amazing wife and our dog and two cats. I spend most of my free time deep in the mtns of Western NC and eastern TN. I am very excited to get this year started so that your student and I can have a lot of fun learning about the world around us.


Lauren Lehman - Middle and High School ELA
Hello! My name is Lauren Lehman and I am an English Teacher at GREEN Charter High School. I am teaching English I, II, and III this year at the Century Drive campus. This is my twelfth year of teaching and my third year at GREEN. I love this school, and I am not only a staff member, but also a parent. My daughter is starting K5 here this year. I also have a baby boy who was born in June!

I have my BSE degree in English from Arkansas State University and my Master’s in Education from Southern Wesleyan University. I also have my Gifted and Talented and AP English Language endorsements. I love teaching English, and I have enjoyed forming relationships with the fabulous students here. When I am not teaching, I love spending my time with family and traveling.

Lenette Hernandez - Middle and High School ELA/Speech and Debate
My name is Lenette Hernandez. I graduated from South Miami Senior High School and continued my studies at Miami Dade College. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology and a minor in Psychology. I later continued to Florida International University to complete the required graduate courses for my English certification.

As a certified teacher in the state of Florida since 2000, I strive to continuously learn new techniques to enhance the learning process for my students.  I started my career as a middle school Language Arts teacher and worked in the 7th grade for four years. My career culminated as a senior level English teacher at a leading private high school in Miami, FL.  In that assignment, I facilitated the learning process for the hundreds of college bound students that took my classes throughout my ten year employment at the school .

In addition to teaching English, I have also taken on the task of teaching a few other courses. As the journalism teacher, I spearheaded efforts to revive the school’s newspaper and instructed students in  the principles of print media as well as layout and graphic design basics. Moreover, I developed the curriculum for a Public Speaking class in which I mentored students on how to successfully address an audience and accomplish the many types of speaking required in today’s world.

In the summer of 2015, my family and I relocated to South Carolina. After securing my status as a state certified teacher in South Carolina, I was fortunate enough to take an English position at GREEN Charter School where I am now part of the high school and middle school team.  During my time at GREEN, I have taught both middle school and high school English as well as Public Speaking.

Jarrod Moore - High School Social Studies
My name is Jarrod Moore and this is my first year at GREEN. I have been teaching for 9.5 years, all of them at the high school level. I have also coached at the high school level for that same stretch of time. My lovely wife of 10 years is also a teacher in the Greenville area. We have two children, Ethan and Claire, who are in 3rd and 4th grades respectively. We spend our free time enjoying each other’s company with day trips, family movie nights, and time at the pool. I enjoy spending my down time reading, writing, working out, and watching old Ric Flair wrestling matches.

I am excited about the academic opportunities with the 8th, 9th, and 10th graders I will have the privilege of teaching and leading this year. I am also looking forward to creating GREEN’s 8 man football team as well as taking part in developing GREEN’s mentoring and leadership program. It’s going to be a great year, and in case you are wondering I am a fan of Pepsi, Teddy Roosevelt, Cow Tails, ankle socks, charcoal grills, C.S. Lewis books, the movie Anchorman, and all things Ric Flair.

Yuksel Sonmez - Biology
My name is Yuksel Sonmez and this will be my 4th year at GREEN Charter. I am starting my 22nd year as a teacher and am still excited to learn! The courses that I will be teaching are 7th grade Science and Biology. My expertise is engaging the students with fun and creative Science experiments and exploratories.

I am very proud to lead GREEN Charter’s Science Olympiad Team. The competition events are challenging for both the teachers and students. We have an awesome Science Olympiad team that has quickly become an extended family. We hope to attend and compete in the National Competition this year!

 

Fethi Ozdem - Chemistry/PLTW
My name is Fethi Ozdem and this is my first year at GREEN Charter School. This year will be my nineteenth year in education.  I have taught Chemistry in different countries and served as principal.  My wife is also a teacher. We have twin boys, Erol and Birol, who are in first grade this year. I like soccer, chess and reading.

I am so excited to join the team here. I will teach Chemistry, PLTW (Medical Detectives) and PLTW (Computer Integrated Manufacturing).

Education Background:
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, 1998
Master’s Degree in Education (with a concentration in Chemistry), 2006
MBA, 2012
Completion of three years (30 credit) Phd in Management, present

Yusuf Kaya - Middle and High School Math
Hi, My name is Yusuf Kaya and I am excited to begin another great year full of joy and success at GREEN Charter School. It is a pleasure to be part of this great family at GREEN. I graduated in 2010 and have been teaching ever since.

After spending 2 years in Florida teaching middle and high school math, I made a life changing decision and made my way to Greenville, SC. I have been teaching at GREEN since 2014 and have been blessed to be a part of such a great parent and student community.

This year, I will be teaching Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 courses as well as 7th grade math. I love to teach math in a way that students can make connections between what they learn at the school and what they see in real life. I also enjoy volunteering for extracurricular activities with my students (weekend studies, math camps and field trips) to make sure they focus on education while outside of school.

 

Ayse Polat - Computer Teacher
My name is Ayse Polat and I am very excited to be in my 5th year of teaching at Green Charter School. I’m delighted to be part of such a positive and caring team. I love teaching children how to use the computer and the skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. I enjoy seeing their excitement when they have learned something new.

I want to prepare students for the world! I enjoy being a part of my students' educational career.  I have high expectations for all children and believe with all my heart that ALL can succeed in life!

At Green Charter School, my goal is to help every student become the best that they can be, no matter what they are doing.  I believe that technology skills play a crucial role in one’s success and that keeping up to date with the latest tools is vital in today's society.

Kristian Farstad - Physical Education Teacher
My name is Kristian Farstad and this will be my fourth year at GREEN! I will be teaching Kindergarten and 7/8th grade P.E.  I have always been a sports fanatic. I played softball, volleyball, and basketball for over 18 years. I love being able to teach my students about different types of physical activity and finding one that they enjoy the most.

I have an amazing husband, two beautiful daughters, and a cat named “Mr. Pickles,” that I love spending time with. I can’t wait to see what is in store for this year!

Katelin Spagnolo - Physical Education Teacher
My name is Katelin Spagnolo and I am so excited to be teaching at GREEN Charter School. I am originally from Florida. I attended the University of North Florida where I got my Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education K-12 and played Division I soccer. I continued my education at the University of North Florida and got my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership for School Leadership.

In 2012, Mr. Adem hired me at River City Science Academy where I taught two years of middle school Physical Education and Health. While I began my teaching career in Florida, in 2014 I moved to Georgia where I taught three years of middle school Physical Education and Health.  This July 2017 my husband and I relocated to Greenville, South Carolina, so yes I am new here and I absolutely love it! I am very excited for our South Carolina journey and looking forward to new, challenging, and fun experiences with my new students! In my free time I love visiting with family and friends, traveling and playing sports!

 Jean Holmes - Art Teacher/Lower School
My name is Jean Holmes and I was born and raised in South Carolina.  I started my arts career at the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in high school, then moved away to Baltimore to attend Maryland Institute, College of Art.  I earned an undergraduate degree in Printmaking and a Masters of Art in Teaching.  Although I loved Baltimore, I was excited to return to South Carolina to give back to my community. 

I have taught at GREEN Charter School since its inaugural year.  It is such a delight to teach your children year after year and see them grow as artists.  It is important to me as an art teacher that each child is creative, makes their own choices, and learns how to have fun as they problem-solve.  Here’s to a great year!

Lori Mendiola - Art Teacher/Upper School
My name is Lori Mendiola and this is my 5th year teaching Art at GREEN Charter. This year I am teaching 6th grade through 10th grade. I also have a daughter in third grade at Green and a toddler at home. I have been married for 8 years to my husband Ricky and loves to travel as much as I do.  I went to the Art Institute of Atlanta for 2 years then graduated from USC with a bachelors in Art Education and a minor in Art History. During my spare time, I like to read and going to art museums. I love to see my students be creative in the classroom and become problem solvers.

Josh Harrington - Music Teacher
Originally from Columbia, Mr. Josh Harrington moved to Greenville in 2015 after his graduation from Presbyterian College with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. Mr. Harrington has taught middle school music for the past two years and is excited to begin his third year at GREEN! Mr. Harrington plays piano, organ, and handbells and stays busy playing around the upstate and performing with community music groups.

Julia Odom - Spanish Teacher
My name is Julia Odom I am from Greenville, South Carolina.  I am very excited to return to Green Charter School this school year to teach Middle and High School level Spanish.  I earned a Bachelors of Spanish with a concentration in business from the University of South Carolina Upstate.  I studied Spanish abroad in Spain and also lived in Ecuador.  I am very passionate in showing students the benefits of learning Spanish and familiarizing themselves with new cultures.  I started to study Spanish in High School and and was able to become fluent through my studies over a six year time-frame.  I encourage my students to embrace foreign language study as it can enhance any career path they may choose.  I look forward to working with my students this year and the adventures that await us!

Maria Echeverri - Spanish Teacher
My name is Maria Echeverri and I am from Colombia, South America. I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an associate’s degree in Teaching.  After college, I spent two years in England studying English and on my return to Colombia I worked as an ESOL teacher for 5 years. I moved to the United States in 2005 to work  as a Middle School Spanish teacher in Charlotte,NC. I also worked as a Medical Interpreter in the Upstate for a couple of years. I joined GREEN as a Middle School Spanish Teacher in 2015.
I am looking forward to a new great school year 2017-2018!

Ozgur Eren - Turkish Teacher
My name is Ozgur Eren and  I am very excited to be part of such a successful school and a wonderful team of staff. I attended Osh State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign languages. I taught in Turkey for 12 years before moving to Greenville in 2017.

This year I will be teaching 7th ,8th ,9th grade at Green. I am looking forward to working with those students who would like to learn Turkish.

Makesha Duncan - Yoga Teacher
My name is Makesha Duncan and this will be my 2nd year teaching yoga at Green Charter School!  Yoga has been part of my life for over 12 years. I became a certified yoga instructor in 2005 and my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible, and more mindful on and off the mat.  I am currently studying to be a Mindfulness Educator through Mindful Schools.

I am married and we have three wonderful daughters that attend Green Charter.  I’m looking forward to a great year!

Sara Hamby - Guidance Counselor
My name is Sara Hamby. This is my third year serving as guidance counselor at GREEN Charter School, and it is my fourth year as a GREEN parent. I love the Mission of GREEN Charter School, and I appreciate the opportunity to be able to serve such a diverse student population. I grew up in East Tennessee and completed both a Master of Science in Sociology (2005) and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Middle Tennessee State University. I am a certified adoptions investigator, and I have worked with the Department of Social Services as well as Greenville Technical College. I have served children of all ages as well as young (and not-so-young) adults. I am active in community social justice efforts and am familiar with a variety of community resources. I hope to provide a safe and comfortable space for your children to be able to receive whatever services they may need.

Wendy Ward - Special Education Coordinator/Teacher
My name is Wendy Ward and the 2017-18 school year will be my second year as GREEN’s Special Education Coordinator/ Teacher. I am passionate about helping students with learning differences succeed in school and in life. I have worked in the field of Education for 18 years. I hold a BA in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching Special Education, both from the University of South Carolina. In addition to teaching in various special education settings, I developed and marketed children’s educational materials at Super Duper Publications and worked as an Educational Diagnostician in Greenville County Schools. I enjoy reading, exercising, traveling (especially to the islands of the Caribbean), and spending time with my husband, my 10 year old daughter and 7 year old son, and our kitten, Muggles (named for the Harry Potter series). It is my mission to create a safe and positive learning environment for our students with differences so that they may attain academic, emotional, and social success.

Amanda Clark - Special Education Aide
Hello! My name is Mrs. Clark and I am so happy to be returning for my second year at GREEN Charter School! I think GREEN is such a special school with an amazing culture, so I am thrilled to be a part of such a great place.

I received my degree in Early Childhood Education from Clemson University - Go Tigers! My husband, Lorn, and I are both natives of Greenville. We recently moved to our new home in Powdersville with our two dogs and welcomed our daughter Emery who was born in April. I love spending time with my family in our beautiful hometown, eating Indian and Mexican food, and going to Clemson football games!

I am inspired everyday by the excitement and wonder children have for this world. I love watching them learn and helping them achieve their goals. I believe that in our school we are one big family, so we will take on all the adventures of learning together! I look forward to this school year and helping each of our students grow!

Connie Payne - Special Education Aide
Hi, My name is Connie Payne.  This will be my third year at Green Charter School and  I will be working in the Special Education Department.  I’m really excited to be helping our students that need extra support. While here at Green, I have been a Math tutor and taught PLTW.

My husband, Mark and I live in Easley.  We met while attending Clemson University.   I have a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson and a MAT in Elementary Education from Converse College.  We have two grown daughters and one son, all of whom also graduated from Clemson.  I have been teaching  for 17 years, most of the time teaching Math and Science to 5Th graders.
In my spare time I love to go visit my children and spend time with my friends.  In the Fall, you might find me at Clemson football games!

Jessica Harrison - ESOL Coordinator/Teacher
My name is Jessica Harrison and I am the ESOL coordinator and teacher here at GREEN. I am excited to start my 3rd year teaching here! I received my BA in Early Childhood Education from North Greenville University and had experience teaching under privileged children before starting at GREEN.
My husband, Jimmy, and I have 2 children. Adalin is a feisty 3 year old and David is our happy baby and will be one in October. We also have 2 dogs, Maggie and Brice. Needless to say, our house is very busy!
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and finding quiet time to read.
I look forward to seeing what this school year brings!

Muzeher Cakmaktepe - ESOL Teacher
My name is Muzeher Cakmaktepe. I am so excited to join the team of Green Charter as an Esol teacher.  I have been teaching English for 16 years.  I graduated from the translation and interpretation department and have a masters degree in English Literature. I am also a PhD candidate in English Literature. I am a keen reader of interdisciplinary studies such as psychology and literature.  In my free time, I like spending time with my family, cooking, getting together with friends and reading.

My goal for this year is to share my experiences with my students as I am aware of the obstacles as a second language learner.  I will help them to acquire English rather than learn it.  During our studies, we will turn our cultural diversities into stepping stones to gain competency in English.  I am excited to learn from my students and am looking forward to meeting with them.

Jennifer Shriver - RTI Coordinator
My name is Jennifer Shriver and I am originally from Tallahassee, Florida. My husband, Todd, and our two teenaged sons, have called Greenville home for over 16 years now.  We love to travel, hike, and enjoy music together.

I have been teaching at Green for four years. This year I will be the Response to Intervention and Read to Succeed Coordinator. Before coming to Green, I taught First Grade and Pre K for Anderson District One and then K4 for Greenville County Schools. I have a BA in English with a concentration in Writing from The University of South Carolina. I earned my SC teaching credential at Clemson University in Early Childhood Education. I am certified for Gifted and Talented and Early Childhood Education. I have completed training and volunteered with The Augustine Project in Greenville. This organization trained me to help students having trouble reading through a multi-sensory method/blend of Orton Gillingham and Wilson reading methods.   I enjoy working with teachers on reading instruction in their classrooms as well as assisting students who need extra time working on building reading skills.

Amie Fisher - Upper School Secretary/After School Care Director
Hello! My name is Amie Fisher and I am so excited to start another fantastic year at GREEN Charter School. My husband, daughter, and myself have lived in Greenville for six years now and have fallen in love with this area! In my free time I love to hike with my family, craft, and read.

This year I will work as the Secretary of the Upper Campus, as well as oversee After School Care. I am looking forward to getting to know all of our new families and seeing all the returning families again.

Kayla Storm - Lower School Secretary
My name is Kayla Storm and I have two daughters that attend GREEN, a 6th grader and a 3rd grader. I am looking forward to starting a new adventure as a secretary, after staying at home with my girls for the past 10 years.  My family and I are huge Disney World fanatics! We also really enjoy taking trips to the beach and the mountains. When I am not chauffeuring my girls to and from after school activities, I really enjoy reading.

Elizabeth Rollyson - Lower School Secretary
My name is Elizabeth Rollyson and after being a Green Charter parent for 3 years, I am now excited to join the Green Charter staff as school secretary at the Pelham Road campus. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and my joy is working with others. My work history includes Program Director, Case Manager, Account Manager and Mom. My kids, Elliott and Britton, along with my 5 dogs, keep me busy. I love spending time with family and friends, travel, needlepoint, reading and cooking. I’m looking forward to a fantastic school year and getting to know all of our wonderful Green kids and parents.