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, Lee Simmons spent time 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 Bachelor's degree in Finance and his MBA. He recently achieved certification as an administrator of school finance and operations. Together with his wonderful wife, Cyndi, he has two children, Catherine and Lucas. 

 

Lee enjoys spending his free time grilling and going to the lake with his family. He is excited to support the students and staff for a fourth year at ELA. 

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Alexandra Manning

Director of Academics

Alexandra is a South Carolina native who has grown up in the classroom/teacher environment. Helping her mom, who is a teacher, Alexandra continued to pursue her passion for teaching, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, then a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. 


Alexandra loves any chance to be outdoors, hiking, biking, and running. She also works at Cyclebar, where she can enjoy her love for cycling. 


As the Director of Academics, she continues to work with students and support them, the teachers, and the families of East Link.

Staff

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Kindergarten
Amanda Ellison
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Kindergarten Assistant
Mary Ashmore
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Kindergarten
Naijia Zhu
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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
Yue Yin
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3rd Grade
Shuchi Huang
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3rd Grade
 
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4th Grade
Megan Darby
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4th Grade
Daisy Pan
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MS English
Kim Rieger
MS Science
Helen Wallen
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MS Math/Algebra
Fiona Wong
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MS Mandarin
Ruoyi Zhu
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Gifted/Talented
Mandarin Immersion 

Mengran Cao
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Music / Dance
Amanda Wang
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Art
Amabel Liu
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Library Coordinator
After Care Coordinator

Amanda Barnes
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Physical Education
Taylor Reeves
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Special Education
Specialist

Lori Wilson-Ide
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Multilanguage Learner Specialist
Robin Johnson
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Reading
Interventionist

Abbey Hix
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Math
Interventionist

Emily Doan
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Student Services
Coordinator

Melody Simmons
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School Nurse