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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.

Yuna Liu, Preschool (4K) Immersion Teacher
Morgan McCaulley, Preschool (4K) Immersion Assistant Teacher
Jingxia Zhang, Kindergarten Immersion Teacher
Christy Lo, Kindergarten Immersion Teacher
Wan-Hsia Chu, Assistant Teacher
Amanda Wang, Assistant Teacher
Amanda Ellison, Kindergarten and 1st Grade English Teacher
Mengran Cao, 1st Grade Immersion Teacher
Ting He, 1st Grade Immersion Teacher
Abbey Cobb-Hix, 2nd Grade English Teacher
Melody Simmons, 2nd Grade English Teacher Long Term Sub
Jessie Jiang, 2nd Grade Immersion Teacher, Lead Mandarin Teacher
Megan Darby, 3rd and 4th Grade English Teacher
Jing Yan, 3rd and 4th Grade Mandarin Immersion Teacher
Alexandra Manning, 5th and 6th Grade English Lead Teacher
Fiona Wong, 5th and 6th Grade Math and Science Teacher
Ruoyi Zhu, 5th and 6th Grade Mandarin Literacy and Culture Teacher
Lori Wilson-Ide, Special Education Specialist
Robin Johnson, EL Teacher, Testing and RtI Coordinator
Wesley Tsang, Visual Arts and Physical Education
Amanda Barnes, Ignite After Care Coordinator

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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