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Staff Directory

STAFF DIRECTORY

ADMINISTRATION

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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.

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Lee Simmons

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. 

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Mrs. Melody Simmons

Student Services Coordinator

Student Attendance and Enrollment

Staff

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Kindergarten
Amanda Ellison
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Kindergarten Assistant
Mary Ashmore
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Kindergarten
Shan Wang
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Kindergarten Assistant
Wan-Hsia Chu
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1st Grade
Liesel Lunn
1st Grade
Ting "Poppy" He
2nd Grade
Ashley Schell
2nd Grade
Chen Chen
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3rd Grade
Shuchi Huang
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3rd Grade
Megan Darby
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4th Grade
Bobbi Scranton
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4th Grade
Daisy Pan
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MS English
Norman Newburn
MS Science
Helen Wallen
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MS Math/Algebra
 
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MS Mandarin
Ruoyi Zhu
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Gifted/Talented
Mandarin Immersion 

Mengran Cao
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Dance
Iris Tetsch
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Art
Wenya Lyu
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Physical Education
Taylor Reeves
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Library Coordinator
After Care Coordinator

Amanda Barnes
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School Counselor
Claire Kaplan
 
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School Nurse
 
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Reception / Family Liaison
Isabel "Isa" Marin
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Special Education
Specialist

Rachelle Williams
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Multilanguage Learner Specialist
Robin Johnson
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Math
Interventionist

Emily Doan
Insructors
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