• Leadership Team


     

Math Coach

 Chandra Hall

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Chandra Hall

Hello everyone!  My name is Chandra Hall and I am in my third year as math coach here at Carver-Lyon.  Prior to this role I served as a classroom teacher and later a math interventionist.

I hold a B.A in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina, as well as an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Mathematics from Concordia University.

The positions I have held, and education I have received throughout my 13 years in this field have all played an integral part in fueling my beliefs about, and my passion for mathematics.  I believe that math should make sense, that the how is just as important as the what, and math without connections and communication is meaningless. 

I am so grateful to be a part of the Carver-Lyon family and am ecstatic to continue collaborating with our wonderful teachers as they support our young mathematicians during what will surely be one for the books.

Language Immersion Lead Teacher

 Della Thigpen

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Della Thigpen

I am the Language Immersion Lead Teacher.  This is my 15th year in education.  I started my career teaching in Shanghai, China for 2 years.  I then moved to Washington, DC where I taught art for 2 years and then worked at a Chinese immersion school for 6 years as an English partner teacher.  I joined Carver-Lyon in 2016 when the Language Immersion program started.  I have spent most of my career around language learning and education as well as project based-learning.

I hold a B.F.A in Art Education from the University of South Carolina, an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on International Education from George Mason University, and a M.Ed. in Education Administration from the University of South Carolina.  

I am the mother of 2 amazing daughters and love to spend my time outdoors and working on my website business, Fierce to a Tee.

Spanish Interventionist

 Erika Barboza

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Erika Barboza

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My name is Erika Barboza and I am the Spanish Interventionist. I am from Mexico but I have taught in the US for 18 years. Before coming to the US I taught English in Mexico. I hold a Bachelors in Education from Mexico, and a M.Ed. in TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages) from Greensboro College. In my free time I love to cook Mexican food. I think sharing delicious food is a great way to share my culture.

School Counselor

 Shanika McKinley

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Shanika McKinley

My name is Shanika McKinley the Elementary School Counselor at Carver-Lyon Elementary School. This is my 2nd year at Carver. I graduated from South Carolina State University with my Bachelors in Social Work (2007) and Masters in Counselor Education (2010). 

Reading Interventionist

 Mary Cooper

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Mary Cooper

Hi! My Name is Mrs. Mary Cooper. I am the Reading Interventionist at Carver-Lyon Elementary School.  I enjoy teaching and meeting people.  I live in Columbia South Carolina with my daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. This is my 13th year at Carver-Lyon Elementary School.  I hold a Master- Degree in Elementary / Early Childhood Education. Also, a Master- Degree in Reading and Literacy and Educational Leadership. I am currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership.  I am a National Board- Certified Teacher, AAP, Reading Coach and Reading Teacher endorsed. I am super excited to make this my best year yet because I believe that successful students become successful adults.

Reading Interventionist

 Diana Damon

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Diana Damon

Diana D. Damon - -born and raised in Orangeburg County, SC and a product of Orangeburg County schools by way of Holly Hill Roberts High School. Morris College 2005 graduate with a BA in Political Science; MAT in Early Childhood Education, SCSU 2010; Ed.S. in Elementary Administration, SCSU 2015; Doctoral Track in Curriculum and Instruction, University of South Carolina; and Reading Recovery Certification Track, Clemson, University. Employed at Carver - Lyon as Reading Interventionist and Title One Contact.

Reading Coach

Dr. Keesha Bolt

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Dr. Keesha Bolt

Mrs. Bolt holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Virginia State University, a Master’s of Education, with a concentration in literacy, from Wheelock College, in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education Leadership from Trident University.

Mrs. Bolt has 22 years of experience as an educator. She served as an elementary teacher, middle school teacher, and adjunct professor of education. Mrs. Bolt is happy to join the Carver-Lyon Team as a Literacy Coach to support the faculty, community and students. She is excited about working with the diverse Carver-Lyon Language Emergent Staff, as she motivates students to excel in literacy and develop a love for reading.

ISS Supervisor

 Rickey Robinson

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Rickey Robinson

I am a positive person who has an enthusiastic outlook on life. I love my job and the team of Administrators and Educators I work with every day. I get a great sense of achievement from seeing the students develop and grow as individuals.  I attended The Revelation School of Ministry and received a Master of Divinity.