Nichael Lessey

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Nichael Lessey

Nichael Lessey is originally from Trinidad & Tobago. She graduated from Montclair High in Montclair NJ to then reside in Columbia SC. She currently works with Richland County Register of Deeds and will be in pursuit of a Bookkeeping Degree come the following year.

Nichael is the proud mother of Nathan McNeal who’s in 1st grade at Carver Lyon Elementary. This is her second year of serving with the PTO at Carver Lyon. In her spare time she volunteers serving the needy locally, singing, & also enhancing her son’s musical talent & any other curricular activities they both enjoy!

 Shelli Franco-PTO Treasurer

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Shelli Franco-PTO Treasurer

Mrs. Franco is currently the Eighth Grade TLC science teacher at Dent Middle School. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, where she also played volleyball and basketball for four years. Mrs. Franco earned her Master of Science degree in oceanography from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She has co-authored three scientific journal articles covering research she conducted at the College of Charleston, Texas A&M University and the University of South Carolina.
Originally from Iowa, Mrs. Franco followed her love of science and the ocean first to Texas, then to South Carolina. She and her husband, Alfonso, live in Columbia with their daughter, Chloe (a Carver Lyon 1st Grader!), and two dogs, Oso and Coconut. They enjoy exploring the local parks and trails, going to the zoo, and making trips to the beach as much as possible.
 Oona Romero-Teacher Appreciation Chair

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Oona Romero-Teacher Appreciation Chair

Hi I’m Oona Bernal Romero and I’m currently serving as Teacher Appreciation Chair for the Carver-Lyon PTO Board. I’ve held several positions in different PTO/PTA Boards throughout the years while navigating the educational system with my two older daughters Faith and Star ages 15/14. My daughter Grace has been attending Carver-Lyon since Kindergarten and is now a proud Second Grader in the Carver-Lyon Language Immersion Program. I am also the proud mother of a baby boy Aiden. I have a Associates in Spanish Education (DELE) teaching Spanish as a second language, a Bachelors in Community Development, and a Masters in Social Work. In my 20 year career I have worked mostly in the nonprofit sector specializing in Children and Adults with Special Needs and Disabilities. 
 
 I have been active in Planning and Creating several PTO events. I have also volunteered within the classrooms, school, and school hosted events. It has been an honor and a privilege serving these students and teachers. I look forward to bring new fresh and creative ideas to communicate and unite us throughout our years here at Carver Lyon.
 Della Thigpen-School Liason

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Della Thigpen-School Liason

Della Thigpen is the Lead Teacher for the Language Immersion program.  She started at Carver-Lyon when the Language Immersion program began in the 2016-2017 school year.  Though a South Carolina native, she spent two years living and teaching in China and then eight years living in Washington, DC working at a Chinese immersion school.  Della has a B.F.A in Art Education from the University of South Carolina, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in International Education from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and a M.Ed in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina.  Della lives in Columbia with her husband and two young daughters.