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Art

June Collins – Ms. Collins earned a BFA from Winthrop University and later a M.Ed from Southern Wesleyan University. She began teaching in 1982 in Georgetown County teaching kindergarten through fifth graders while coordinating the districts gifted and talented visual arts program for middle and high students.  In 2000, she moved to Lexington. She came to Lexington One when Pleasant Hill Elementary School opened in 2006. She has been working with the districts After School Arts Program for middle school visually gifted and talented students for the last 10 years.  She was teacher of the year at Andrews Elementary and C.A. Taylor Elementary Schools.  She has two wonderful children- Railey, a graduate of  Anderson University and now a South Eastern Seminary student and Andrew, a graduate in Architecture from Clemson University.  “I truly believe that every child is an artist!  My gift is helping children appreciate art and find their place in the world of art as an active artist or one who simply enjoys the beauty of art.”JCollins@Lexington1.net, 821-0639

 

BethBeth Maddox – Beth Maddox has loved art from the time she could hold a crayon.  A Lexington 1 graduate herself, Mrs. Maddox holds a BA in Studio Art from Winthrop University and an MAT in Art Education from the University of South Carolina.  She has taught in Chesterfield county and then at Red Bank Elementary where she was Teacher of the Year in 1999.  After staying home with her children for seven years, she came back to Lexington 1 to teach at Pleasant Hill Elementary in 2009 and then joined the faculty at Meadow Glen Middle in 2014.  She has overseen art teacher training for the Young Artists Workshop at USC, written for Davis Publications, taught a variety of camps, workshops, and private lessons and painted murals in two district schools. In her extra time, she enjoys creating her own mixed media art, traveling, hanging out in the mountains, and spending time with her husband, Jon, and their two boys, Hank & Charlie.

 

 

BandGlen Funderburk

Mr. Glen Funderburk has been the Director of Bands at Meadow Glen Middle School since the school opened in 2012.  Mr. Funderburk received his Bachelor of Music Education from Lander University and has been teaching in South Carolina for fifteen years.

Before coming to Meadow Glen, Mr. Funderburk was the Director of Bands at Blythewood High School (2006 – 2012) and Blythewood Middle School (2000 – 2006).  Ensembles under Mr. Funderburk’s direction have consistently received Superior Ratings at local, state, and national music festivals while also being selected for feature performances such as the South Carolina Music Educators Associations In-Service Conference (2006 & 2009).

His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education; the South Carolina Band Directors Association; and Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmasters Fraternity.  Mr. Funderburk has also been fortunate enough to receive the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence on two occasions.

Mr. Funderburk presently lives in Lexington, South Carolina with his wife Christy, their daughter Ella and their dog “Oscar”.

GFunderburk@Lexington1.net, 821-0638

 

 

OrchestraJennifer Mann

Jenny Mann started playing viola when she was in third grade and was taught by local string teacher legends Melissa Martin and Johanna Pollock when she attended Lexington Middle School and Lexington High School. She then studied at the University of South Carolina where she received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Music Education. While at USC, she worked extensively with the USC String Project and had six years of experience teaching strings to 3rd-9th grade students. Jenny Mann has just completed her fourth year teaching orchestra at Dreher High School in Columbia. She loves playing her viola and in her spare time she teaches private lessons to nearly 30 students, performs at her church, and plays in a string quartet for weddings and other special events. Jenny Mann has always dreamed of teaching middle school and cannot be more excited about working at Meadow Glenn Middle School this fall. JMann@Lexington1.net, 821-0636

 

 

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DramaRachel Cooper

RachelRachel is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds a B.A. in Theatre and Speech, a M.A.T. in Theatre and is also a National Board Certified Teacher.  She is estastic to begin her 21th year of teaching at Meadow Glen Middle School.  When not teaching, Rachel enjoys acting and has been seen in commercials, industrial training videos  and on stage with Columbia Children’s Theatre, where she is currently President of the Executive Board.  When not in the classroom you can find her blogging, running, laughing, watching reruns of “Law and Order” and being a goof ball with her 5th grader Anna Reese.  RLCooper@Lexington1.net, 821-0634

 

 

 

Dance

Katie Hilliger – Coach Hilliger is absolutely thrilled to be in her 4th year as the Gator Dance Specialist! A USC Dance Education Alumna, Coach Hilliger is thrilled to bring a diverse, challenging, and multi-cultural Dance Program to Meadow Glen Middle School’s rockstar Arts scene. She has enjoyed performing, teaching, and coaching opportunities with the USC Dance Company, the USC Dance Teams, Workshop Theatre of Columbia, Trustus Theatre, and many guest artist opportunities through local public schools and dance studios. Coach Hilliger’s roles at MGM include being the Director of the Dance Company, Choreographer of the Musical Theatre program, and head coach of three after school Dance Teams: the MGM Elite Dance Team, the MGM Hip-Hop Crew, and MGM Contemporary Company. She has a not-so-secret obsession with her greyhound Raimi and can be found either working out, eating something delicious, acting silly, singing, buying new candles and earrings, or color-coding everything in her life. Miss Hilliger believes that hard work and fun should come hand-in-hand and can’t wait to ignite a passion for Dance in her Gators!  KHilliger@Lexington1.net, 821-0637

 

Kara Corley – Kara Corley comes to MGM with 14 years of experience as a middle school dance educator. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance & Choreography, Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education and Master of Education in Divergent Learning from Columbia College. She is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, was the Teacher of the Year at Hand Middle School, SC Dance Educator of the Year and a top 5 finalist for District Teacher of the Year in Richland School District One. Mrs. Corley has a diverse dance background with experience in most genres in dance including creative dance, ballet, modern/contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, world dance and more. She spent 10 years as a performing member and rehearsal director for The Power Company, a contemporary dance company in residence at Columbia College. Although Mrs. Corley spent the majority of her life performing on stage, these days she is busy as a mother in her “spare” time. Mrs. Corley and her husband are the proud parents of their daughter Hannah (who is eagerly starting kindergarten this year), as well as their new twin sons Eli and Jonah (born April 2017). Mrs. Corley is passionate about students finding their creative voice through dance and is excited to see this take place at Meadow Glen Middle! kccorley@lexington1.net

 

 

STEM – Cliff Roberts

CliffRoberts-e1342087211639Mr. Roberts is very excited to start this year teaching STEM! He wants to instill research, design, building, testing, and revision into all of his students. He wants to make STEM a true project based class where students are learning from hands-on projects. He has 8 years of teaching experience. He graduated with his undergraduate degree from Lander University and his Master’s Degree from The University of South Carolina in Administration. He is ready for a great school year! cjroberts@lexington1.net

 

 

 

Digital Media Arts – Ryan Panter

I’m very excited to be starting my 13th year teaching and my 6th year here at Meadow Glen Middle School.  I have previously taught at Wren High School, Ridge View High School, and Lexington Middle School.  I graduated from Lexington High School and then went to Clemson University for Mathematics Teaching and Music.  I also have a Master’s in Educational Technology from Lesley University and a Master’s in Administration from University of Phoenix.  Finally, I have 10 years of experience teaching percussion and drumlines all across South Carolina.  I love music and all sports.  I have two wonderful children, Madison and AJ, and a loving wife of 10 years, Erica.  My family and I are big Clemson Tiger fans and love being part of the MGM family. RPanter@Lexington1.net, 821-0696

 

 

iCivics – Melody Shafer

Mrs. Shafer is the iCivics teacher at Meadow Glen Middle School. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Interior/Environmental Design, obtained teacher certification through Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master of Science in Education degree through Walden University. She is a trained Franklin Covey facilitator. She is married and has three children. Her oldest, Andrew, is an air traffic controller, her middle child, Katarina, is majoring in Health Sciences/Physician’s Assistant, and her youngest, Solomon, is a sophomore at Lexington High School and runs cross country and plays tennis. Mrs. Shafer’s hobbies include: mountain biking, hiking, reading, playing piano, listening to jazz, traveling, and spending time with family.

Mrs. Shafer enjoys infusing the iCivics classroom with opportunities for students to live and learn citizenship. iCivics is based on the online curriculum founded by former Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor. Mrs. Shafer works to engage students in current events, foundations of government, and service work. With the goal of building young citizens who will serve as leaders in society, she seeks to build student understanding of our country’s governmental structure and engage each student in a variety of on-campus and off-campus service-oriented projects. Students have contributed volunteer efforts to Harvest Hope, Presbyterian Home, Pets Inc., Meals on Wheels, etc.. Students have opportunities to hear from lawyers and individuals involved in state and local government. Her goal is to support young leaders who will remain civic minded throughout their lives, play an active role in government, and contribute to the well-being of society. mshafer@lexington1.net 821-0647

 

 

Physical Education

CandiceCandice Cobb (Head Girls Basketball Coach) My name is Candice Cobb and this is my second year here in the Swamp! I am so excited and looking forward to the 16-17 school year! I’m originally from Seneca, SC then moved to Rock Hill, SC! I attended Winthrop University for my Bachelors as well as my MAT in Physical Education. Super happy to be apart of the Meadow Glen family and proud to be surrounded by so many awesome colleagues and professionals.  My email is ccobb@lexington1.net and my number is 803-821-0648.

 

 

pro picsAbby Chishom – A Charleston native, University of South Carolina Alumni, and an avid outdoor adventure seeker.  Ms. Chisholm will be teaching Outdoor Education and is excited about being a full-time Gator!  When she’s not teaching, Ms. Chisholm enjoys coaching soccer at River Bluff and Liverpool FCA-SC, visiting with family, adventuring with friends, boating, Gamecock football, playing soccer, and just about anything outdoors.  Feel free to contact Ms. Chisholm via phone or email: 803-821-0698 or achisholm@lexington1.net

 

 

 

Outdoor Education


bioPhillip Thomas (JV Soccer coach) 
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Phillip designed Outdoor Education at Meadow Glen Middle School in 2013, and has been teaching it four years.  He has a Master’s Degree in physical education as well as various certifications including: SCDNR fishing instructor, National Fishing in the Schools instructor, American Heart Association BLS instructor, National Archery in the Schools instructor, and has completed ACCT low ropes course training. Currently, he is pursuing his doctorate at the University of South Carolina in Curriculum and Instruction. In the summer of 2015, Phillip completed the North Carolina Outward Bound course designed for educators, in which he received instruction and experience in rock climbing, ropes course, and backcountry camping.

Some of his favorite outdoor activities include fishing, camping, wakeboarding, and kiteboarding. He is also an extreme sports enthusiast with over 500 skydives including wingsuit jumps, and 1 BASE jump off the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia. He also coaches boys varsity soccer at River Bluff High School, attends Midtown Fellowship Church in Lexington, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Caroline, who is a dentist at Northwood Dental Associates in Lexington, and his two sons, Levi and Micah.

 


Family PhotoStephen Harmon-
Mr. Harmon is an outdoor education teacher and archery coach at Meadow Glen Middle School. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in middle level education with an emphasis in science. He has taught 6th grade science for 5 years in Lexington School District One which included 4 years at Lexington Middle School before he taught at Meadow Glen Middle for its inaugural year.  He earned his master’s degree in education from Columbia College in 2011 as well as his National Board Certification in early adolescent science. Mr. Harmon loves spending time with his wife of seven years, daughter, and dog named Brice. He has taught outdoor education for the past three years and loves getting to share his passion for the natural environment with his students.  If you need to contact him his email address is SRHarmon@lexington1.net.

 

 

 

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