SCHOOL LEADER & Assistant Prinicpals
Julianne Lang is the School Leader at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. Mrs. Lang’s formal experience in education dates back 13 years, and her educational preparation goes even further. She currently holds a SC Educator’s Certificate in Middle Level English-Language Arts, Middle Level Social Studies, and an endorsement in Gifted and Talented Programs, as well as SC Administrative Certifications for Elementary Principal and Secondary Principal. Holding a BS in Education from the College of Charleston and Master’s of Science in Educational Administration from Purdue University, Ms. Lang is highly qualified to lead teachers and students in a K-12 setting. Ms. Lang serves as a Member At-Large on the Executive Committee for the South Carolina High School League for Interscholastic Sports as well as an advocate for charter athletes across the state. In her time as an educator, Ms. Lang has committed to regularly improving student achievement, whether through her previous teaching experience at the middle school level (earning Rookie Teacher of the Year), or through developing teacher capacity and increasing instructional strategies in her buildings. Ms. Lang is committed to looking at the whole child. This philosophy lends itself to appeal to all types of learners, and through project-based experiences, allows students to take ownership of their own learning and get on a strong path towards becoming College and Career Ready. She believes that effective and frequent communication and the school-to-home partnership are core pieces to student success. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Assistant Principal-Leader of Support and Accountability
Mrs. Michelle Polkey serves as an Assistant Principal and one of the Administrative team here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She has 20 years of experience in the education field. She has a Principal Certification for both Elementary and Secondary Grade levels from Lamar University in Texas. She has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Arts in Biology from Central Connecticut State University. She is certified in Middle Level Science. She has been married to her husband Joseph for 12 years and they have 1 child, Joseph, who is entering the 8th grade here at LLCS. She has 6 chickens, 3 dogs, 2 birds, 3 hermit crabs and a variety of fish. She enjoys outdoor activities including swimming, kayaking and hiking. She is also an avid reader, and can often be found after school hours, sitting outside under a shady tree near her pond. You can reach Mrs. Polkey at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our front desk at 843-889-5527 and asking for ext. 122.
Assistant Principal-Leader of Systems and Operations
Sarah Vann is an Assistant Principal at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School, supporting school-wide systems and operations. She has worked in education for nine years, the past seven years she has served at LLCS. Ms. Vann earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Converse College and a Masters Degree in Counselor Education from Clemson University. Studying educational leadership and supervision, she completed additional graduate coursework at The Citadel Graduate College. Ms. Vann’s educational background as a professional counselor-educator influences her student-centered educational philosophy. She is committed to developing and sustaining school systems that support a high-quality educational experience. Ms. Vann is dedicated to partnering with all stakeholders to develop student-leaders through project based experiences.
LEADER OF UPPER SCHOOL COUNSELING / MEDICAL HOMEBOUND DESIGNEE
My name is Tiffany Richardson and I am the Upper School Counselor serving 6th-12th here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Morris College in Sumter, SC. I then earned a Master of Arts Degree from Webster University in Counseling Mental Health. I went on to pursue and earn a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from The Citadel Graduate Program. I have twin daughters, Ashley and Mackenzie, who are Seniors at Winthrop University (Go Eagles). As an empty nester I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watching sports, reality tv, reading and volunteering.
I can be reached at email@example.com
LEADER OF LOWER SCHOOL COUNSELING / MEDICAL HOMEBOUND DESIGNEE
Mrs. Alisha Kowsky serves as the Leader of Lower School Counseling and Leader in Me Coordinator here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She has a masters degree in school counseling from the University of North Dakota and a bachelor's degree in Elementary education (K-6) from the University of Central Florida. Mrs. Kowsky specializes in individual, small group and classroom lessons as well as K-5 section 504 plans and K-5 attendance intervention. Mrs. Kowsky lives in Summerville, with her husband, David, and two children, Trenton(LLCS 1st Grader) and Blakely(K4). Mrs. Kowsky is starting her 4th school year at LLCS and her 13th year in education. Her number one priority as a counselor at LLCS is the students and families and she strives daily to eliminate any barriers that may impede a student's learning. You can reach Mrs. Kowsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 843-889-5527 ext. 108.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS
Mrs. Jennifer Noes is one of the Kindergarten teachers and this will be her 5th year at LLCS. She began her time at LLCS as a parent volunteer in the DLC helping catalog and organize the books. She then was hired as a Teacher Assistant in Kindergarten where she worked with great teammates and learned more about the curriculum. Last year, she moved back into a teacher position and took over one of the Kindergarten classrooms. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the College of Charleston and is certified to teach pre-K through 3rd grade in South Carolina.
Mrs. Noes is married to her wonderful husband Jay for 17 years and has two sons: Connor (5th grade) and Joshua (1st grade) who attend LLCS. Mrs. Noes is excited to work another year with Ms. Carlson, her wonderful assistant extraordinaire, and can not wait to meet and get to know their new students. You can reach Mrs. Noes at email@example.com.
Hi! My name is Mrs. Gillispie and I'm going to be your Kindergarten teacher this year. This will be
my first year teaching at LLCS but my sixth year teaching. I love teaching kindergarten and all of
the fun, learning, and exploring we get to have.
I grew up in Eastern Kentucky and I love going back home to visit my parents, two sisters, and
nieces. I've been married for almost six years and have a little girl who is 4 and a son who is 2. They make life so fun.
I can't wait to spend this next year with you all getting to learn each little personality and watching you learn and grow. I'm so excited to be your teacher and thankful God picked each of you to be in my class.
We're going to have an awesome year and most importantly, LOTS of fun.
Julia Cameron is a first grade teacher at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She has over 11 years of experience working with preschool, kindergarten, and first grade students. This will be her third year at LLCS and her eighth year teaching first grade (her favorite!) Ms. Cameron has 2 children who also attend LLCS. In their spare time, they like to play with their dog Weiwei the Shar-Pei(pei), read to their cats Maggie and Frieda Calico, and have spend-the-night parties on the living room floor.
Ms. Federline is one of our first grade teachers here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development from Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College and a Regents Bachelors of the Arts Degree from Shepherd University. She is currently working on a Master of Special Education from Western Governors University. She is originally from West Virginia and now lives in Summerville with her three boys. She is very passionate about encouraging students to become lifelong learners. She is excited to join LLCS and looks forward to a wonderful school year. You can reach Ms. Federline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs. Benesch was born and raised in NJ, where her family still resides. She married her husband in 2012, and then moved to SC last November with their kitten, Gatsby. Mrs. Benesch earned her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, as well as a Bachelor’s in Math/Science from Rowan University. Since graduating college, Mrs. Benesch has made a career of almost ten years in education. She has taught in 4 states, with ages ranging from 1 up to 14 years old. This is Mrs. Benesch's fourth year at LLCS!
Mrs. Killingsworth is a Second Grade teacher here at Lowcountry Leadership. She has been teaching for four years and is certified in Early Childhood Education with an endorsement in STEM Education K-5. Mrs. Killingsworth has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary/Special Education from Notre Dame of Maryland and a Master of Education in STEM from Clemson University. She is passionate about Project Based Learning. You can reach her at email@example.com or by calling 843-889-5527.
Rebecca Campbell is a Third Grade teacher at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She has been teaching at LLCS since the opening of the school in the fall of 2013. She has been an educator since 2010. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of Charleston and a Masters of Art in Teaching in Elementary Education from the Graduate School of the College of Charleston. She is certified in all core subjects in grades second through sixth, but third is her favorite grade to teach thus far! She is a Charleston native and loves living in the Lowcountry. She loves spending time at the beach and time with her niece, Lexi Brooke. You can reach Ms. Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our front desk at 843-889-5527.
Brianna Caspento, also known as Ms. C, is the 4th grade teacher at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Coastal Carolina University. She lived and taught in China for 2 years before coming to LLCS. This is her second year of teaching here and is super excited for the new school year!
Guten Tag! My name is Brittany Holloway and I am happy to be a part of LLCS family. I was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant. I have been married for 4 years and have two red-eared sliders named Rocky and Shelley. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Sociology from Bethune-Cookman University, a MAT in Early Childhood Education from Grand Canyon University, and a MED in Teacher Leadership from Strayer University. I am currently enrolled in my PhD program for Special Education and Curriculum Instruction/Assessment at Walden University. I am also an adjunct professor for Allen University. Teaching has always been my passion and I strive daily to make improvements to my talent. I am a part of Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education), Tau Beta Sigma (National Honorary Band Sorority), and Sigma Alpha Pi (The National Society of Leadership and Success). I love promoting diversity and positivity throughout the classroom and plan on continuing this at LLCS.
Hi everyone! My name is Brinn Kirk and I am so excited to be back at LLCS this year! I moved to Charleston 3 years ago from New York, where I grew up and went to school to receive my B.S. in elementary and special education from Saint Thomas Aquinas College. I just got married this past summer. My favorite hobbies are running, going to the beach, and spending time with my family.
Ms. Daugherty is thrilled to serve as a fifth grade teacher at LLCS. She has her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Duquesne University. Originally from Pennsylvania, she moved to the Charleston area three years ago with the Teach for America program to serve students in the Lowcountry. With three years of experience teaching third and fourth grade she is excited to continue growing in the fifth grade. Ms. Daugherty is passionate about equity in education and creating a safe and welcoming classroom community. You can reach Ms. Daugherty at email@example.com.
TEACHER ASSISTANT K5
My name is Grace Carlson and I am the kindergarten assistant working alongside Mrs. Noes. I was born and raised in Charleston and now live in the Meggett area. I started out at LLCS doing Navigation Station and Guest Teaching and was then hired on as an assistant. Before working at the school I was a nanny, so I have had plenty of experience working with children. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
TEACHER ASSISTANT K5
TEACHER ASSISTANT 1ST
Mrs. Retrina Hilton is an Assistant for both First Grade classes with Ms. Cameron and Ms. Federline. She has been employed at LLCS for 10 years. Before coming to LLCS she worked as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant and keeps renewing her license every 2 yrs. She has been married to her husband, Lester for 37 years. They have 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren, 2 of which attend LLCS. She was born and raised in Ocala Florida but now resides in Hollywood. You can reach Mrs. Hilton at email@example.com
TEACHER ASSISTANT 2ND
Mrs. Sherry Morgan is the second grade Teachers’ Assistant. This is Mrs. Morgan’s eighth year at LLCS. She began as a Guest Teacher in 2015 when her son was a 5th Grader at LLCS. Mrs. Morgan has a BS Degree in Psychology from Illinois State University. She worked as the Director of Human Resources for the Department of Law for the CIty of Chicago before she and her family moved to Charleston in 2014. Mrs. Morgan lives in West Ashley with her husband, Wes, her son, Brandon and their dog Ozzie. Brandon is a Senior this year at the School of the Arts. Mrs. Morgan is confident that this is going to be an amazing school year! You can reach Mrs. Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 843-889-5527.
MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS
SOCIAL STUDIES 7TH/8TH
Mrs. Winn is the 7th and 8th grade math teacher here at LLCS. She is also an ADEPT Evaluator and Middle School Team Leader. She has been teaching for 17 years, with the past 9 years being here at Lowcountry Leadership. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology. She loves sports and uses them to teach math concepts. She is a huge Florida Gator and Washington Commanders fan!
Mrs. Bacon is a 6th/8th ELA teacher at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She has degrees in Music Education, Elementary Education, Administration, and National Board Certification. She has taught multiple grade levels throughout the Lowcountry. Mrs. Bacon lives with her husband, Terry, on Edisto Island. She has one adult daughter who resides in Cayce, SC, and an elderly Mom who is 96 years old in Bamberg, SC. Family, friends, and God are important focuses in her life. She enjoys walks on the beach, reading, playing the piano, and assisting students in preparation for their future endeavors. You can reach Mrs. Bacon at email@example.com or by calling our front desk at 843-889-5527.
Ms. Jacqui Jones serves as our 6th and 8th grade science teacher here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Georgia State University. She began her teaching career almost 5 years ago working mostly with K-5 and has had the opportunity to work with middle, high and college students. As a new member of the LLCS community she plans to: embrace all that is to come, put forth her best efforts everyday and hold the bar high for student achievement. You can reach Ms. Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our front desk at 843-889-5527.
SCIENCE 7TH/MATH 6TH
Ms. Chadbourne is coming to LLCS with 3 years of teaching experience and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology from Western Carolina University. With field experience in science, Ms. Chadbourne has a hands-on approach to teaching, believing strongly in project-based experiences, scientific inquiry, and labs! Ms. Chadbourne is currently participating in the onboarding process, and plans to begin in the classroom by mid-week! She’ll be meeting students today during Gator Break and lunch, and is very excited to join our team and get to know our amazing NaviGators! You can reach her at email@example.com.
SOCIAL STUDIES 6TH/ELA 7TH
Ms. Lever teaches Middle School ELA and SS. She has over 21 years of experience in education. She has taught all levels from Kindergarten to Graduate School. Ms. Lever holds an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Keene State College, and an MS in Higher Education Administration from Drexel University.
She has one adult daughter, Jennessa, and a rescue dog Peaches. She enjoys hiking, swimming, reading, football, and watching crime dramas.
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS
Eric D. Pyron, Sr. is the Math Teacher and Leader of Mathematics at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. He has 22 years experience in the education field. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Albany State University (HBCU) and a Masters in Teaching from The University of South Carolina. He is certified in Secondary Mathematics.
Torrence Saxton is the math teacher at LLCS. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. Mr. Saxton has a passion for coaching and mentorship. He is also our JV Basketball Coach this 22-23 season!
ENGLISH/LEADER OF UPPER SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Kathryn Deemer serves the upper school as a curriculum coach, and she teaches sophomore and senior English. She has fourteen years of experience in education. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and a Masters in Leadership Studies from Marshall University. She is certified in Secondary English and School Administration.
Mr. Shay Callesen serves as our High School English, Psychology, and Tae Kwon Do Teacher here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the College of Charleston and a South Carolina teaching license for middle and secondary English. Brother to Rhiannon Callesen, our Dance Teacher, and uncle to several of our Navigators, he values the opportunity to work closely with family and to ensure the quality of their education. As he enters his tenth year of service at LLCS, Mr. Callesen looks forward to developing engaging projects that inspire creativity and an enjoyment of learning. When he is not in the classroom, you can find him outside teaching the Tae Kwon Do Club. You can reach Mr. Callesen at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our front desk at 843-889-5527.
Mrs. Susanne King is a high school history teacher and is the history department head here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She has a Masters of Arts in Teaching with a specialty in social studies. Living in Ravenel with her husband, Mr. Charles King, they have two sons, Andrew and Matthew. Matthew is a 2018 graduate of LLCS. As a loyal Navigator through and through, she is a strong supporter of our students. Mrs. King brings a love of history that she wants to share with her students. She is a 23 year teaching veteran and an original teacher from the opening of the school. You can reach Mrs. King at email@example.com or by calling our front desk at 843-889-5527 to leave a message, or by selecting extension 171 to leave a voicemail.
Mr. Jim Ferrara serves as one of our proud High School History teachers here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. He has a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education and History from Pace University, a Master’s in Liberal Studies and Post-Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Stony Brook University. Recently arrived from Long Island, New York, Mr. Ferrara has taught from seventh to twelfth grade for sixteen years. He was also a long time football and baseball coach and a leader of the technology department. He joins his journey to the South with his wife and three young children and eagerly begins this new adventure. You can reach Mr. Ferrara at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our front desk at 843-889-5527.
Mrs. June Lowry serves as one of our High school teachers here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the College of Charleston and teaches Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Marine Science. Living in Hollywood with her husband, Mr. Billy Lowry, and her son, Nathan Lowry, who was a graduate from LLCS in 2017. She enjoys working with the students and fellow faculty members each day. Her desire is to make a difference in their lives. She also loves animals, especially horses, swimming, and outdoor activities in her spare time. You can reach Mrs. Lowry at email@example.com or by calling our front desk at 843-889-5527.
Mrs. Jimenez serves as the High School Spanish teacher here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies and a Master’s degree in Spanish literature and linguistics. Mrs. Jimenez lives in North Charleston with her husband, son and two pets. You can reach Mrs. Jimenez at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our front desk at 843-889-5527.
career & technical education (cte) teachers
2020 Charter Institute at Erskine Teacher of the Year
KATIE BELL (9th-12th)
Mrs. Katie Bell is the HS Agriculture Education and FFA Advisor at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She serves as the Community Service Coordinator for our high school students. Mrs. Bell has a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Clemson University and is PACE certified in Middle and Secondary level Agriculture Education. Mrs. Bell is embarking on her 8th year of teaching at LLCS and in that time has earned awards that include Teacher of the Year, District Teacher of the Year, and Outstanding Early Career Teacher in Ag Ed. Along with her students, Mrs. Bell manages the school’s sustainable learning farm, Leadership Farm & Livestock. Mrs. Bell has been married to her husband George for almost 20 years and they have four children: Pandora (17), Aidan (16), Avery (14), and Austin (13). You can reach Mrs. Bell at email@example.com or by calling our front desk at 843-889-5527.
BRIAN LEMONS (7th-12th)
Brian Lemons is the CTE Instructor for Information Technology at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. He has an Associate Degree in Computer Technology at Trident Technical College. He is certified to teach Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses for Information Technology. He has 8 years of experience in the educational field. Before earning his degree, Brian Lemons served in the United States Marine Corps for 4 years. Mr. Lemons is married to his wife Desiree for 11 years and they have 2 children: Jacob (11) and Samuel (7).
HOSPITALITY & TOURISM
DEREK GREENAWALT (9th-12th)
Chef Greenawalt serves as our Food Service Director and is also our Culinary Arts Instructor here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. He is going into his 6th year at LLCS. Chef has a specialized degree in Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management from L’ecole de Cuisine at York Technical College. He has an extensive background working in fine dining restaurants and back of house management. When not at school you can find Coach Chef at the baseball field. He has coached Varsity Baseball for the last two seasons and is excited to bring home another trophy this year. He enjoys spending time with his lovely, beautiful wife and two children who also attend LLCS. He resides locally and is a valued member of our community. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a message with our front office staff.
K-12 RELATED & FINE ARTS teachers
Physical Education Teacher
Coach Hailey Heyward serves as one of our proud Physical Education Teachers here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical with a minor in Health Science from Virginia State University. Living in West Ashley with her Daughter, Bella who is now attending LLCS. Coach Heyward is also in her first year as the Head Coach of the Varsity Volleyball team. You can reach Ms. Heyward at email@example.com or by calling our front desk at 843-889-5527.
Physical Education Teacher
Coach Denton is entering his Second Year at LLCS. Last Year Coach was a part of the Gator Cafe assisting Chef Greenawalt and Mrs. Gorman. Coach Denton is born and raised here in Charleston, SC. Attended West Ashley High School and Signed up to play Baseball at Toccoa Falls College(GA). He has two brothers, Zach and Dylan. During his free time Coach Denton enjoys spending time with his family, watching baseball, and hanging out with his friends.
Mrs. Veronica Rodriguez is the K-8th Spanish/Yearbook teacher at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She is starting her eight year as a Spanish Teacher and her fourth year as yearbook advisor. She has been married to her husband Edgar for 23 years and they have two daughters Olivia(17) and Isabel (11), and a puppy named Mia. You can reach Mrs. Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rhiannon Callesen is a professional Dance Instructor. She has been teaching Dance for 23 years and teaching at LLCS for seven years. She has traveled the US and Canada performing in multiple shows and touring with a Dance troupe called 2Extreme. She was in the production of the Nutcracker for 16 years with the Morca Ballet Company in Washington State. She was also a professional Flamenco dancer and was invited to perform in Spain. She was a Swampfox Cheerleader/Dance team member for the Charleston Swamp Foxes arena football team. She has a daughter in the 9th grade at LLCS.
Mrs. Ashleigh Greenawalt (aka Mrs. G) is our K-12 Art Teacher here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She is going into her 9th year teaching at LLCS. Prior to teaching art, she served as an assistant to the 2nd grade team and worked with the Special Education department. Although she relished her time spent within these departments, Art is where her true passion for teaching lies. Mrs. G attended the College of Charleston and also took classes at Trident Technical College. She resides locally with her husband and two Middle School boys, Sawyer and Tucker, who have attended LLCS since Kindergarten. She loves animals, has ridden horses her entire life, and will never say no to a new pet. As a valued member of our LLCS family, you can often find Mrs. G at after school events, athletic games, and other community happenings. She is welcoming, passionate, and fun to be around. You can reach her via email at email@example.com or by leaving a message with the Front Office.
Ms. Laura Crim is the LLCS K-12 Music Teacher. Ms. Crim holds a Bachelors of Music Education from Lander University and is pursuing a Masters in Education from Converse College. Formerly from the “Midlands” of SC, Ms. Crim is happy to be in the Lowcountry closer to family. Ms. Crim has three older children all of whom are artistic either as writers, artists or singers. Ms. Crim enjoys singing music from Blues to Opera. She plays piano, ukulele, a little bass guitar and beginning drumming. She also loves reading, the beach, anything with her children, and meditation.
SPECIAL POPULATIONS TEACHERS
SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER
Mrs. Pinckney Lee serves as one of our Special Education Teachers here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She has an BA in History from USC and a BA in Criminal Justice from Ashford University. She also received her Masters in Special Education from WGU. She lives in Edisto with her wife, Jasmine Winn. and their animals. You can reach Mrs. Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEACHER ASSISTANT (SPED)
Celeste Tanner is a Special Education Teaching Assistant, Director of Navigation Station After School Program, GTeam facilitator, and high school EXCEL Club Leader. She is a certified paraprofessional with 17 years experience in the education field. Ms. Tanner began her career in education in the upstate of South Carolina, with experience teaching K5 through high school grade levels in the Special Education categories of ED and LD. She is the blessed mother of Ava Tanner, the 2018 Lowcountry Leadership Charter School Valedictorian.
SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER
Mr.Davis is a Special Education Teacher at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. He is from Bath, North Carolina. He has multiple years of teaching experience in the special education and mental health field. He has a Bachelor's Degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He enjoys watching sports, playing golf, playing games, going to the beach, cooking and having a good time.
Coach Johnson is the Athletic Director here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sports Management from Erskine College where he played collegiate soccer and met his wife. He lives in West Ashley with his wife, Stephanie Johnson, and two daughters, Brooklyn (6) and Delanie (4). Coach Johnson is responsible for all middle and high school athletics. You can reach Coach Johnson at email@example.com or by calling our front desk at 843-889-5527.
Judy Werzbarger is the math interventionist at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She has a BS degree in education from UNC-Greensboro. She recently moved from North Carolina to Summerville with her husband Bill. She has a 25-year-old daughter. During her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing tennis, and watching college sports. Ms. Wetzbarger looks forward to helping the students become better math students starting with the basics and building a strong foundation.
GT & EL TEACHER
Brandi Attebury is the Gifted and Talented Teacher for grades 3-8 at LLCS. She has a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Elizabethtown College and a
M. Ed degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University, along with her Gifted and Talented Certification. Mrs. Attebury has over ten years of teaching experience in grades K-12, and she has been at LLCS since February 2020. Mrs. Attebury has lived and taught in many places including Pennsylvania, California, Virginia, Spain, and now South Carolina. She loves spending time with her husband, Jon, and her two kids Kaylin (12), and Colton (9). As a family they love playing with their dog, a labradoodle named Axel, and traveling the world. Mrs. Attebury also loves to hike and curl up with a novel.
LITERACY COACH/LEADER OF LOWER SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Morgan Sott is the Read to Succeed Literacy Coach at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. Mrs. Sott has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Clemson University and a Masters in Education from Anderson University. She has taught grades 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. She has been married to her husband Brandon for 2 years and they have a black lab named Raimey.
Mrs. Brooke Ingram serves as the Digital Literacy Center (DLC) Manager here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. This will be Mrs. Ingram’s second year as a permanent faculty member, however, she has over five years of service to the school community in various roles including serving as a Guest Teacher and giving countless volunteer hours to the LLCS DLC. Prior to joining LLCS, Mrs. Ingram was a part of the “corporate world” serving in various roles including Ethics and Compliance, purchasing, and marketing for a defense government contractor. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the College of Charleston in 1999. She has a daughter, Gabby, who has attended LLCS since Pre-K and is excited to be a fifth grader this school year. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and hanging out at the beach or being on the water. You can reach Mrs. Ingram by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling her at 843-889-5527 x141.
Megan Whitt is the Director of Lowcountry Leadership Pre-School and K-4 Teacher's Assistant. She has 10 years of experience in the pre-k education field. She has an Associate of Arts with an emphasis in music from Spartanburg Methodist College. From there she completed the Childhood and Family Studies program at Trident Technical College before transferring to Charleston Southern University as an Early Childhood Education major with an emphasis in special education. She has been the choir director for Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church for the last 8 years and has a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Sadie.
LEADER OF SPECIAL EDUCATION / SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY
Mr. Ruff serves as our school psychologist and special programs lead here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. He has 25 years of experience in the fields of education, assessment, and psychology. He is a 1994 graduate of The Citadel where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. He also has a Masters degree and a Specialist in Education Degree in School Psychology. He is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Mr. Ruff served on the board of the South Carolina Association of School Psychologists (SCASP) from 1998-2001 as the Lowcountry Regional Representative. In 1999, Gus was presented with the Regional Award of Excellence by the South Carolina Association of School Psychologists in Columbia, SC. He is also a member of Psi Chi, the National Honors Society in Psychology. He has been married to his wife Theresa for 15 years and they have four children: Griffin (19), Kaede (18), Hotaru (14), and Maddie (6). You can reach Mr. Ruff at email@example.com or by calling 843-889-5527 ext. 131.
POWERSCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR & REGISTRAR
Denise Armstrong brings over 30 year of experience as an office manager and administrator to Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. Mrs. Armstrong began working for LLCS in 2013 in the LLCS Extended Day Program, Navigation Station. In 2014 and for the next five years, Mrs. Armstrong was the Director of NaviGation Station. While serving as the Director, she also worked in the Gator Cafe and was one of our Administrative Assistant in the front office for 8 years. Now she is the PowerSchool Administrator/Registrar and also oversees Attendance. She is married to Robert Armstrong. Together, she and Mr. Armstrong have two adult children, four grandchildren, and two school-aged children, both of whom attend LLCS.
Mrs. Desiree' Lemons serves as one of our proud Administrative Assistants here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She has an Associate's Degree in Administrative Office Technology from Trident Technical College and specializes in communications, marketing and outreach for LLCS. Living in West Ashley with her husband, Mr. Brian Lemons, the IT manager/CTE teacher at LLCS, they have two boys, Jacob and Samuel, who also attend LLCS. As a Navigator through and through, Mrs. Lemons represents the Front Office department as the face of our school at the front desk, serving students, faculty/staff, and families each day. She's a jack of all trades that keeps up to date on school business, student services, and communication. You can reach Mrs. Lemons at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our front desk at 843-889-5527.
FRONT OFFICE/ HR
Ms. Arnesha Gates is our Administrative Assistant - Human Resources position here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She has over 6 years experience in human resources and comes to LLCS with administrative assistant experience in the medical field. Ms. Gates was born and raised in the state of Georgia, where her family still resides. She moved to SC back in 2020 with her 2 children, Rhyan and Rhylie, and 2 dogs, Rueben and Crystal. Ms. Gates is currently studying for her Bachelors in Science Accounting and has a passion for dog breeding. A highly valued member of the LLCS Faculty and Staff already, Ms. Gates is a strong pillar and manager of financial and HR matters.
Ms. Karen Johnson serves on our Gator Cafe here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She was a firefighter/engineer for Summerville Fire & Rescue for 14 years then became a stay-at-home mom. She was born and raised living out here in the Lowcountry. She has 3 children Caden “14”, Jorja “10”, and Hunleigh “5”. She has been a parent from the beginning of LLCS. In her spare time, she loves to go hunting with her Fiancé Shane and going to the beach with her kids. She can’t wait to see what the school year brings. Go Gators!
Mrs. Liz Gorman works in the Gator Cafe alongside Chef Greenawalt for the second year. She went to the Culinary Institute at Trident Technical College for an Associates Degree in Baking and Pastry. Before coming to LLCS she was a Pastry Chef at Ms. Rose’s Fine Foods and Cocktails for three years. She has also worked for more than 20 years in the restaurant industry. She’s done everything from the front of the house to the back of the house in those. Mrs. Gorman and her husband have four children all who are currently attending or have attended LLCS.
Melody Keller serves as our school nurse here at Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. She completed her nursing program and earned an Associate of Science Degree from Trident Technical College. Mrs. Keller and her husband Rusty, have two children. Their son graduated from LLCS in 2020 and their daughter will graduate in 2024. Mrs. Keller has been at LLCS since its inception and remains involved in many organizations within the school and community. In her spare time, Mrs. Keller enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volleyball, boating, reading, and traveling.
BIO COMING SOON!
My name is Barbi Schlenker, and I am thrilled to be joining Lowcountry Leadership Charter School as your new Career Specialist. I come to you with 20 years of experience in Career and Technology Education and am ready to work with the students at LLCS in many areas involving their future career possibilities and exactly how they get there.