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Masters and Doctorate of Education

Dr. Cathy Bouabre

 
French
 
I enjoy being a part of the Pelion Middle School family.  I started teaching French at PMS in the fall of 2013.  Before that I was a missionary in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, where my husband and I founded an elementary school.  After returning to the States in 1997 I taught French and English as a Second language at Ben Lippen School in Columbia, SC. I obtained my Masters and Doctorate degrees in education from Columbia International University in Columbia, SC.
 
My husband Lucien and I continue to oversee the school in Côte d’Ivoire. Our son, Michel, works in Informatics out of Atlanta, GA.   I also teach online education courses as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia International University.  I enjoy reading, playing word games and puzzles, gardening, learning about other cultures, and traveling. My favorite part of teaching is helping students learn about people from other cultures and countries.

 

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BA in Music with an emphasis in violin performance Presbyterian College MAT in Music Education Winthrop University Certifications: K-12 Instrumental Music

Andrew Chavarria

 
Orchestra Director/Exploratory Department Chair

I have directed the orchestra at Pelion Middle School for 3 years with this year being my 4th. My wife, who is a teacher at New Providence Elementary School, and I have a 2 year old daughter named Adalynn and a dog named Toby. I have been playing violin for 23 years and soccer for 30 years.

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B.S. Music Education

Candance Craig

Chorus/ Music Aprreciation

I am Candance Craig. I have a degree in music education instrumental, emphasis saxophone from Lander University. I have taught both vocal and instrumental music and have done things such as cheer coach, pageants, spin clubs, winterguard, e†c. My husband is the band director at Pelion High school and I have a son who attends Pelion elementary.

This year the chorus is going to have several additions to their performance schedule starting with the addiction of a fall/Halloween performance that will be on October 13th at the PPAC. I hope that everyone attends.

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M.A. in Teaching

Christopher Fowler

I- CIVICS

I have been teaching since 2013 and have been teaching at PMS since 2019. I have been married for 15 years and I have a dog named Hercules.

I enjoy a good video game now and again and since this is a passion I share with many of my students, I like to incorperate them into my class when I am able to. I also like woodworking and I love history.

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Bachelor degree in teaching Spanish, English and French Master in teaching English as a foreign language

Sandra García Rodríguez

Spanish

I have more than 10 years in the educational field, working with children, teenagers and adults. This is my first year teaching at PMS in a foreign country. Definitely a new experience for me!. I love spending time with my family.

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S Halloran

Physical Education

 

 

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B.S. Industrial Arts: CAM Design MSU M.A. Intercultural Studies CIU Certifications: Gifted/Talented, Level One Converse College

John Leneschmidt "Mr. L"

STEM

Mr. L has served as the STEM teacher at Pelion Middle School since the spring of 2005. He started a robotics team in 2006 and has written/received several grants for our students. Passionate about helping young people realize their potential, develop applied problem solving and soft skills employers seek, Mr. L helps students identify and pursue their vocational and recreational aspirations through STEM.

In addition to loving family (including pets), Mr. L is a private aircraft pilot, SCUBA diver, guitarist and world traveller.

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Benjamin Pierce

Band

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B.S. USC-Aiken Masters US Sports Academy

Coach Poole

 
Physical Education
 
I have been teaching for 35 years (21 at PMS). I coach varsity football at PHS. I am married to Debbie Poole (principal at PES) and have two adult children, Sarah And Beth.

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Bachelors in Studio Art with an Emphasis in Graphic Design University of Mississippi

Jaime Sabella

Art & Advanced Art (Long-term Substitute)

I have certifications in Digital Art, Graphic Design & Studio Art. I attended The University of Mississippi and completed a Bachelor's in Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design.

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AS in Diversified Agriculture Piedmont Tech As in Honors Science Piedmont Tech BS in Agricultural Education Clemson University MS in Agriculture Murray State University

Ashley Singletary

 
Agriculture - FFA Advisor
 
I started my teaching career in Lexington One as an Agriculture Teacher in 2018. My first set of officers and I chartered the Pelion Middle FFA Chapter in December of that year. Since Then our chapter and program have grown tremendously. I really enjoy working with students and providing them with unique opportunities in agriculture inside and outside of the classroom.

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BA in English BA Theatre and Drama MS in Language Education Certifications: Middle Level Language Arts, English, Drama Gifted and Talented Read to Succeed National Board Certification and Maintenance of Certification

Amy Thomasson

 
Drama Teacher/ Yearbook and Journalism
 
 
I worked at North Shore Music Theatre and Florida Studio Theatre before deciding to start my teaching career. After receiving my certificaiton and Master's Degree at Indiana University, I taught middle school Language Arts for two years before starting my career in Pelion.
 
Outside of teaching, I enjoy spending time with my children, William and Elena, writing and podcasting for Insession Films, and am an active member of a bowling league.