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Meet the Staff

Dana Hutto earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. She was the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction of East Point Academy in West Columbia, SC  since 2014. Ms. Hutto has twenty years of experience in education, having taught elementary and middle school as well as university level courses for in-service teachers. She has worked at both the South Carolina Department of Education and Lexington School District One as a science, health, and physical education coordinator. She has extensive experience in working with teachers on integrating standards, classroom instruction and assessment.

Lee Simmons has spent the last four and a half years based in Shanghai working as an administrator in English immersion schools, programs and centers across China. He helped open six English immersion organizations during his time in China.


Before moving to China, Lee earned his MBA from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. Together with his wonderful wife, Cyndi, he has a sweet daughter, Catherine, who was born in April of 2017.


Lee enjoys spending his free time grilling, and outside working on cars and in the yard. He is excited for the opportunities that East Link Academy is bringing to the Upstate and is excited to be a part of it.

Rhoda Taylor, Student Affairs Counselor
Mengran Cao, First Grade Immersion Teacher
Robin Harrell, Kindergarten English/ESOL Teacher
Hang Liu, 2nd and 3rd Grade Immersion Teacher
Jessie Jiang, Kindergarten Immersion Teacher
Ting He, 1st Grade Immersion Teacher
Yuna Liu, Preschool (4K) Immersion Teacher
Abbey Cobb-Hix, 1st Grade English Teacher / RtI
Shu Fang, 4th Grade Immersion Teacher
Alexandra Manning, 4th and 5th English Lead Teacher
Fiona Wong, Dance and Music Teacher
Wan-Hsia Chu, Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Ying Hu, Art  Teacher
Lori Wilson-Ide, Special Education Specialist
Jing Voon Gan, Preschool Teacher Assistant
Avery Holland, Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
Tianqi Fang, Kindergarten Immersion Teacher
Benjamin Hull, Physical Education 
Lana Kuykendall, School Nurse
Amanda Ellison, 2nd and 3rd Grade English Teacher

East Link Academy

78 Global Drive, Suite 200

Greenville, SC 29607

Part of the Global Trade Park

Fax: 864-484-8171



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