Dana M. Hutto
Head of School
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. Mrs. Hutto has twenty-eight 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.
Director of Operations
Prior to joining the East Link team in July 2018, Lee Simmons spent time working as an administrator in English immersion schools, programs and centers across China. He helped open six English immersion programs during his time in China.
Lee has a Bachelor's degree in Finance and completed his MBA in 2013. In December 2021, he achieved certification as an administrator of school finance and operations (SFO) through ASBO International. Together with his wonderful wife, Cyndi, he has two children, Catherine, who is in K5 at East Link, and Lucas, who is in preschool.
Lee enjoys spending his free time traveling, experiencing new foods, grilling and going to the lake. He is excited to continue supporting the students and staff at ELA.
Mrs. Melody Simmons
Student Services Coordinator
Student Attendance and Enrollment