Staff Directory

Anderson, Gavin
Resource
Highly qualified in South Carolina as an instructional assistant.
Has completed at least one of the following:
=2 years of completed study at an accredited institution of higher education
=An Associate’s degree or higher
=Successful completion of either the Workkeys Proficiency Certificate for Teacher Assistants Assessment or the Educational Testing Service Parapro Assessment.
Blanton, Heather
School Nurse
Biography:
I graduated from Spartanburg Community College in 1998 with a degree in Licensed Practical Nursing. I worked at Pediatric Associates for 3 years before starting my job in 2001 as a school nurse at Cannons Elementary.

Personal Message:
I have been the school nurse at Cannons Elementary for 18 years. I am married to Troy and have three children- Hannah, Ashton, and Lucas. I enjoy reading, art, and spending time with my family. Thank you for allowing me to care for your children. They are all precious blessings and their health and wellness is top priority!
Highly qualified with a certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse through Spartanburg Community College. Over 18 years experience working as a children's nurse.
Brown, Kylee
Parent Educator
• Graduated from Spartanburg District 3 schools
• Graduated from Limestone College with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.
• Certified as a Parent Educator
• Case Manager with Adolescent Family Life Program
• Certified Practitioner with the Positive Parenting Program
• Certified in Early Brain Development in Children ages Birth – 5
• Trained in Child Abuse Prevention
Bryson, Denise
Reading Coach
Educational Background:
 BA Clemson University, Masters  USC Upstate
Work Experience:
 35 years experience, 1st and 2nd grade classroom teacher.  Reading Recovery Teacher, Literacy Coach
Certifications: 
Masters in Elementary Ed, Reading Recovery, Language and Literacy National Board
 
Burrell, Cindy
Self-Contained Fifth Grade Teacher
I am a Special Education Teacher for students in grades 3-5. I have my Master's Degree in teaching students with Emotional and/or Learning Disabilities. This is my 36th year of teaching and there is nothing else I would rather do! I would describe myself as a life long learner. There is always something new that you can learn to do or improve on. I am a lover of books-I read every day!!! My hope is for all of you to become a lover of books. I will do my part to help you, but you have to do your part. We will do many exciting things in our classroom this year. I am looking forward to using our tablets-I hope you are as well! I also enjoy cooking, sewing, spending time with my family, knitting, and chocolate!
Carroll, Christon
Reading Specialist
The 2018-2019 school year marks my 20th year of teaching.  I taught 1st or 2nd grade for 9 of those years in the Low Country. Then in 2008, I became the school interventionist. I currently provide reading assistance in 5K-5th grade.  I am highly qualified in the areas of Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  I also have my National Board Certification in Literacy and I am currently working on my Master’s in Literacy through Clemson University.
Carruth, Beverly
Self-Contained Teacher Assistant
Highly qualified in South Carolina as an instructional assistant. Has completed at least one of the following: =2 years of completed study at an accredited institution of higher education =An Associate’s degree or higher =Successful completion of either the Workkeys Proficiency Certificate for Teacher Assistants Assessment or the Educational Testing Service Parapro Assessment.
Cecil, Melanie
First Grade Teacher
Hello! My name is Melanie Cecil. I have been teaching for six years. Four of those have been at Cannons! I am a graduate from USC Upstate and I am a District 3 Native. I am currently working to complete my Master’s Degree in Literacy. I have a wonderful husband and sweet dog. Teaching young children is truly my calling. Each day is a new adventure. I am so blessed to be a teacher at Cannons!
Chadwick, Heather
Media Specialist
Educational Background:
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Limestone College
Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina 
 
Work Experience:
Three years as an elementary teacher in 3rd and 5th grades.  Three years as the Children's Assistant Librarian at the Boiling Springs Public Library.  Media Specialist at Clifdale Elementary  since 2016.
 
Certifications: 
BA Elementary Education, MLIS 
Collins, Amber
Fifth Grade Teacher
Hi! My name is Amber McKinney-Collins and I am currently a 5th grade teacher. I have an Associates in Arts from Spartanburg Community College, a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from USC Upstate with middle level social studies certification. I also have my masters in Educational Technology from American College of Technology. I have previously taught both 6th and 7th grade Social Studies. I am married and my favorite things to do are travel and read books that allow my mind to take wonderful adventures.
Cooksey, Ashley
5-year-old Kindergarten Teacher
I attended The University of South Carolina Spartanburg where I received my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education (1993) and Converse College where I received a master's degree in Elementary Education (2002). I am currently working on my 2nd master’s degree in Applied Learning & Instruction at the University of South Carolina. I expect to complete my degree in 2020.
Personal Message
This school year marks my 22 year of teaching.  I have taught 4K – 4th grade and worked as a Preschool Director for 7 years.  I am married and the mother of two amazing daughters.  I love spending each day having fun and learning with my 4K students.  There is no place I’d rather be than at Cannons Elementary, where every child is a champion!
Corbin, Martha
Music Teacher
I am highly qualified in elementary education and music education - choral. I earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Converse College. This is my 26th year teaching music at Cannons.
Previously, I taught 2nd grade, assisted in a K5 class, and taught piano.
Decker, Pamela
First Grade Teacher Assistant
My name is Pamela Decker. I received my bachelors degree from North Greenville University. I am currently pursuing a masters degree in TESOL from USC Upstate. I have been teaching for eleven years. Ten of those years have been spent in a first grade classroom.
Eason, Caity
Math Interventionist
Educational Background:
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Coker College

Work Experience:
2 years in Chesterfield County School District
2 years in Spartanburg School District 3

Certifications:
I am certified in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree.
 
Fann, Stephanie
5-year-old Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
My name is Stephanie Fann. I have 20 years  experience working in early childhood education and an associate's degree. I am married and have one child
Fernanders, Punzel
Custodial Staff
Freeman, Ashley
Second Grade Teacher
I am so excited to be your child’s teacher this year. This will be my 7th year teaching. I love teaching and watching and watching little minds shape and mold into wonderful readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, artists, historians, etc. My favorite thing in the whole world is when the light bulb comes on because a kiddo gets it! I graduated from the University of South Carolina Upstate with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I am internationally certified to teach Elementary Montessori, ages 6-12. I plan to further my education with a Master's degree just as soon as I decide which avenue I would like to take. I met my best friend and husband, Wes, in 2009 and we were married in Jamaica in 2013. We share our home with our dog, Sadie, and two cats, Harley and Francine. We love attending sporting events, watching movies, and golfing together. In a nutshell, I love kids and teaching has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. My goal has always been to create a fun and safe learning environment for your children, and get them ready for third grade. Thank you in advance for making this a positively wonderful school year!
Holt, Melissa
Third Grade Teacher
My name is Melissa Holt and I teach third grade Math and Science at Cannons Elementary School. I am so excited about learning and sharing new adventures with my students and families this year!

Years of Experience:
14

Certifications:
Elementary Education
Gifted and Talented Endorsed

Educational Background:
Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education
       USC Upstate College in 2004
Master's of Education
      Southern Wesleyan University in 2006
Hyder, Steve
SRO
Johnson, Christina
Self-Contained Teacher Assistant
I graduated from Broome High School and have worked with children for over 14 years. I have been apart of the District 3 family for two years.
Lancaster, Lisa
Fifth Grade Teacher
My name is Lisa Lancaster and I’ve been privileged to teach school for 17 years now. I received my undergraduate degree from Clemson University in 1989 and then my masters degree in 1992 from Mercer University. I began my teaching career in Warner Robbins Georgia teaching 2nd grade. I then began a family and wanted to stay home and be with my children for a while so I took a small break from being in the classroom. As I was raising my children, I also ran a small tutoring business from home which kept me up on teaching needs of children.  I started back my teaching career in 2005 in Gaffney, SC teaching Gifted and Talented classes where at that time I also earned certification hours for this area of education. I taught that for about 5 years and then moved to a 5th grade classroom. After loving and teaching 5th graders for four years  I then decided to move down to teach 2nd grade.  It was during this 7 year period I was named Reading Teacher of the year in 2014 and  I was named Teacher of the Year in 2016
  I have been married to Rev. Richard Lancaster for 29 years and we have 4 beautiful children; Katie, Luke, Hannah and Emmie; 1 son-in-law, Kyle,  and we had our first granddaughter in Sept!  Her name is Ava Mae and she’s so much fun!
  I love being in the classroom. I not only love teaching the content to my kids, but I love teaching children all about being good citizens and good team players in their classroom.
Lang, Joshua
Physical Education Teacher
My name is Joshua Lang and I am in my second year of teaching Physical Education here at Cannons Elementary. I attended Limestone College where I played baseball and majored in Physical Education. I graduated from Limestone College in the Spring of 2017 with a B.S. in Physical Education Certification. I was also the recipient of the Robert Hampton Scholarship given by the South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In addition to teaching, I coach Baseball and Football at Broome High School. I love the outdoors and spend as much time as I can hunting, fishing, and spending time with family! I’m looking forward to a great year with your students! If you have any questions or concerns I can be reached by email or phone, at 864-279-6113.
Leftwich, Josh
Fourth Grade Teacher
Lowery, Denise
Third Grade Teacher
Highly Qualified with South Carolina Certification as an elementary teacher. Degrees Include: Winthrop University Bachelors in Special Education, Converse College Masters in Elementary Education
 
Mann, Larraine
4-Year-Old Kindergarten Assistant
19 years at Clifdale
May, Jamie
Second Grade Teacher
Educational Background:
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary from the University of South Carolina - Upstate
Masters Degree in Gifted and Talented Education from Converse College

Work Experience:
14 years in Spartanburg School District 7

Certifications: 
I am certified in Elementary Education, as well as Gifted and Talented Education
National Board Certified Teacher - Middle Childhood Generalist
Certified Read to Succeed Reading Teacher and Reading Coach
McCullough, Tonya
Fifth Grade Teacher
Educational Background:
 USC-Upstate with a BA in Communications/Theatre,  Converse College with a Master's Plus 30 in Elementary Education 
Work Experience:
 I have taught third through fifth grade
Certifications: 
Elementary Educations, Gifted and Talented
 
McDaniels, Meghanne
Resource Teacher
Highly Qualified with South Carolina Certification as an elementary special education teacher. Degrees Include: USC Upstate Bachelors in Learning Disabilities. During the 2015/2016 school year I participated in Reading Recovery Training and completed with a certificate in Early Literacy Assessment and Instruction.
Miller, Cindy
4-Year-Old Kindergarten Teacher
Educational Background:
 I am a graduate of Limestone College. I received my masters in Early Childhood education from Converse College and completed 30 Plus hours at USC Upstate.
Work Experience:
 I have taught at Clifdale for 37 years.
Certifications: 
BA in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Early Childhood Education
 
Moore, Christina
4-year-old Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
5 years at Clifdale
4 years as District 3 substitute 
Moore, Yolanda
First Grade Teacher
My South Carolina teacher certification has me highly qualified to teach at the Early Childhood and Elementary levels. I am also certified to be a supervisor/administrator at the Elementary level.
Moyer, Chase
Self-Contained Third and Fourth Grade Teacher
My name is Chase Moyer and I am a resource teacher here at Cannons. I live in the mountains of North Carolina with my wife and our black labs, Grizzly and Moose. I graduated with a psychology degree from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and began my teaching career at an alternative school there. After working on a ranch in Wyoming for two years, my wife and I moved to this area where I began my public teaching career as a special education teacher. I love my Cannons family and couldn’t imagine a better place for students to grow!
Myers, Nicole
Art Teacher
I am qualified to be an art teacher because I have a BFA in Art Education.
Napoli, Terri
5-Year-Old Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
I attended the University of South Carolina of Spartanburg where I received my bachelor’s degree in Biology (1995). I worked at St.Paul United Methodist Preschool from 2001-2017 co-teaching 3K.  I am currently working on a second bachelor’s degree.  This is my first year working at Cannons and I’m very happy to be here.  
Peahuff, Ray
Custodial Staff
Peeler, Carlie
4-Year-Old Kindergarten Teacher
Peters, Megan
Second Grade Teacher
Phillips, Elizabeth
Principal
Ridings, Monica
Bookkeeper
I graduated from Spartanburg Community College in December of 2017 where I received an Associate’s degree in Accounting. I worked as a caregiver at St. Paul UMC Preschool, Afterschool, & Summer camp for 5 years, as well as an assistant clerk for the Town of Cowpens for 1 year before starting my job as the bookkeeper at Cannons Elementary in 2018.
Sanchez, Marisol
Custodial Staff
Scanlon, Kyla
First Grade Teacher
Educational Background:
Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in  Administration and Supervision from Converse College

Work Experience:
3 years in Charlotte Mecklenburg school District and 2 years in Spartanburg School District 3

Certifications:
I am certified in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, as well as a Reading Recovery
 
 
Shippy, Rosa
Secretary
Working for District 3 has been a new experience for me.  I received a Bachelor’s degree in Non Profit Organizations with a Minor in Business from the University of South Carolina in 2004.  I have been in banking for 25 years.  11 years with First Citizens Bank and 14 with Founders Federal Credit Union.  I have always enjoyed working with the public and children.
I worked part-time at Hendrix Elementary when my children were young and really enjoyed it. I have always wanted to get back into the school system but the opportunity had never presented itself. When a close friend of mine told me about the opening at Cannons I decided to step out on faith, and apply for the position. I was offered the secretary position  and the rest is history.
I am so glad to be a part of the Cannons family.  
Spake, Stephanie
5-Year-Old Kindergarten Teacher
My name is Stephanie Spake and I am "All In" for the students in District 3. I graduated from The University of South Carolina with Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood with the highly qualified endorsement. I am currently enrolled in the University of South Carolina Upstate pursuing a Masters in Applied Learning and Instruction. I have been blessed to teach kindergarten for 4 years, 3 of which have been at Cannons Elementary. I can't wait for many more years of teaching and learning!
Thao, Danae
First Grade and Library Assistant
Welcome to computer lab! I am very excited and look forward to a wonderful school year. I teach third through fifth grade students in computer lab. The main focus in computer lab is keyboarding skills. Students use a program called Typing Quest when they come to computer lab. The versatile keyboarding course in this program helps students to go from a beginner level typist all the way to being advanced typing champions. Throughout the school year students will have the chance to work on other assignments and to practice their computer coding skills as well. 
Students need to be prepared for the future by providing them with the skills that are necessary for using computers. One of the most important skills in using a computer efficiently is keyboarding. Teaching students the correct methods of typing is an important step for success in their future. Keyboarding is now considered a motor skill. In today’s digital world, it is important for students to learn how to type, use reference tools on the Internet, and how to handle office programs. Typing practice is essential for making all of those tasks trouble free, simple, and effortless.



“We don't expect our students to write until we've taught them handwriting; we can't expect them to type if we haven't taught them keyboarding." Author Unknown

Typing Quest Link
Turner, Shanon
First Grade Teacher Assistant
Two years at Clifdale as an Instructional Assistant.
Turner, Sydney
Guidance Counselor
Hi! My name is Sydney Turner, and I am your school counselor! I love being a part of the Cannons family and District 3!
Back in 2012, I graduated from Wofford College with a degree in Psychology. In 2015, I received my Education Specialist degree in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina. Now, I am back in Spartanburg with my husband, Josh, and our fun-loving rescue dog, Dale. In addition to counseling, I love animals, the outdoors, and spending time with my family and friends.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns. I am here to help in any way I can!
Ward, Denise
Fourth Grade Teacher
Ms. Denise Ward welcomes you to Cannons Elementary.  I graduated from the University of South Carolina in Early Childhood Education and from Converse with masters in Elementary Education.   I have taught 2nd, 3rd. 4th, 5th, and 6th grades during my 25 years of teaching.  I have two children; one daughter, Kayla 21, and a son, Caleb 19.  Both children attend  USCUpstate.  I love reading books, drinking coffee, and watching movies with my dog, Jake.  
Weathers, Monica
Speech Language Therapist
My name is Dr. Monica Weathers, and I am the Speech Language Pathologist at Cannons Elementary. 

Education:
Winthrop University - Rock Hill, South Carolina 
Bachelor of Science in Special Education

University of South Carolina – Columbia, South Carolina
Master of Speech Pathology (MSP)

University of South Carolina – Columbia, South Carolina
Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Communication Sciences and Disorders

My professional goal is to inspire children to reach their greatest potential and become lifelong learners. In my free time, I enjoy attending sporting events, playing golf, walking, teaching Sunday School, and participating in community service opportunities. I am honored to work with such amazing educators who continually promote academic success.
White, Brooke Osborne
Third Grade Teacher
Educational Background
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
 
Work Experience
2 years at Clifdale Elementary
 
Certification
I am certified in Early Childhood Education.
 
Name/Title
Email
Anderson, Gavin
Resource
Blanton, Heather
School Nurse
Brown, Kylee
Parent Educator
Bryson, Denise
Reading Coach
Burrell, Cindy
Self-Contained Fifth Grade Teacher
Carroll, Christon
Reading Specialist
Carruth, Beverly
Self-Contained Teacher Assistant
Cecil, Melanie
First Grade Teacher
Chadwick, Heather
Media Specialist
Collins, Amber
Fifth Grade Teacher
Cooksey, Ashley
5-year-old Kindergarten Teacher
Corbin, Martha
Music Teacher
Decker, Pamela
First Grade Teacher Assistant
Eason, Caity
Math Interventionist
Fann, Stephanie
5-year-old Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
Fernanders, Punzel
Custodial Staff
Freeman, Ashley
Second Grade Teacher
Holt, Melissa
Third Grade Teacher
Hyder, Steve
SRO
Johnson, Christina
Self-Contained Teacher Assistant
Lancaster, Lisa
Fifth Grade Teacher
Lang, Joshua
Physical Education Teacher
Leftwich, Josh
Fourth Grade Teacher
Lowery, Denise
Third Grade Teacher
Mann, Larraine
4-Year-Old Kindergarten Assistant
May, Jamie
Second Grade Teacher
McCullough, Tonya
Fifth Grade Teacher
McDaniels, Meghanne
Resource Teacher
Miller, Cindy
4-Year-Old Kindergarten Teacher
Moore, Christina
4-year-old Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
Moore, Yolanda
First Grade Teacher
Moyer, Chase
Self-Contained Third and Fourth Grade Teacher
Myers, Nicole
Art Teacher
Napoli, Terri
5-Year-Old Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
Peahuff, Ray
Custodial Staff
Peeler, Carlie
4-Year-Old Kindergarten Teacher
Peters, Megan
Second Grade Teacher
Phillips, Elizabeth
Principal
Ridings, Monica
Bookkeeper
Sanchez, Marisol
Custodial Staff
Scanlon, Kyla
First Grade Teacher
Shippy, Rosa
Secretary
Spake, Stephanie
5-Year-Old Kindergarten Teacher
Thao, Danae
First Grade and Library Assistant
Turner, Shanon
First Grade Teacher Assistant
Turner, Sydney
Guidance Counselor
Ward, Denise
Fourth Grade Teacher
Weathers, Monica
Speech Language Therapist
White, Brooke Osborne
Third Grade Teacher