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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

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Beth 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.

BandMelanie Winn

My name is Melanie Winn and I am the Band Director at MGM. I grew up in Lexington South Carolina where I graduated from Lexington High School. Following high school I went to the University of South Carolina where I received my bachelors degree in Music Education Instrumental. This is my second year teaching and my first year at MGM. I am a huge Gamecock fan with a heart for teaching, students, music, and my family. Go Gators!

OrchestraJo Hanna

Jo Hanna began playing the violin in 5th grade, sparking her constant growing passion for music and most importantly, Orchestra.  Mrs. Hanna holds a B.S. in Music Education with an emphasis on Instrumental Music from Presbyterian College.  While at PC, she discovered her love for teaching and helping students reach their goals in music.  She has just completed her 6th year of teaching, with the past 4 years being the Orchestra Director at Dreher High School in Columbia, SC.  When asked what her primary instrument is, she will always respond with the Viola and Violin, but has loved playing the Cello and Bass as well (upright and electric).  In addition to those instruments, Jo can be found playing the mandolin, ukulele, and even percussion along with singing in the community.  You may even find her mentioning other instruments as she loves constantly challenging her knowledge and skills.  With all of this background in music, her favorite thing out of it all is to teach and conduct her Orchestra students and help them find their own passion in music.

When Jo is not doing something musical, she loves to spend time with her Husband along with their dog (Sadie) and two rabbits (Keller and Luna).  While growing up in her hometown of Seneca, SC, some of Jo’s favorite things to do included hiking to waterfalls, crafting, and cheering on the Clemson Tigers!

Mrs. Hanna is beyond excited to teach at Meadow Glen Middle and cannot wait to work with the students and continue building on the excellence of the orchestra program.  JHanna@Lexington1.net, 821-0636

ChorusAugie Gil

Augusto hails from Blountville, Tennessee, but frequently performs, teaches, conducts, and adjudicates in states throughout the southeast.  Mr. Gil earned a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at USC where he studied with Drs. Larry Wyatt and Alicia W. Walker and his Bachelor of Music from Carson-Newman University where he graduated cum laude with a BM and certification in K-12 Music Education with double emphases in voice and piano. At Carson-Newman, Augusto was the recipient of the W.D. Hudgins Leadership award and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award for leadership and service to humanity. Augie was also instrumental in facilitating the STEP-Up Student Leadership program initiative, and the development and leadership for the LGBT sensitivity and awareness program, Safespace.

Mr. Gil is currently the Choral Director at Meadow Glen Middle School in Lexington, South Carolina and serves as the Director of Music and Worship at Carolinas Cornerstone Church of Fort Mill. He is also very active with Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity, for which he serves as the International First Vice President. He is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Society, the American Choral Directors Association, and the National Association for Music Educators. He enjoys working with students of all ages and encourages collaboration, innovation in music, and performance.

DramaRachel Cooper

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Rachel holds a B.A. in Theatre and Speech, a M.A.T. in Theatre, is a National Board Certified Teacher and can’t believe this is her 24th year in the classroom! When not teaching, Rachel enjoys acting and has been seen in commercials, industrial training videos, on stage with Workshop Theatre and Columbia Children’s Theatre, where she has also served as a member of the Executive Board. Outside the classroom she enjoys running her own business with Rodan and Fields, traveling with her very own 8th grader AR, reading, laughing, singing in the car, watching reruns of “Law and Order” and finding new places to eat.  Inspiring students to challenge themselves creatively while finding adventure along the way is what she’s all about.  Our door is always open, so feel free to stop on by. RLCooper@Lexington1.net, 821-0634

Dance

Megan Viazanko – Megan Viazanko is excited to begin her second year of teaching at MGM as a dance educator. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Dance Education with K-12 Certification from the University of South Carolina. Megan was awarded the USC Dance Program Outstanding Senior Award, was elected President of USC’s National Dance Education Organization chapter and had the opportunity to co-present at the National Dance Education Organization Conference in Washington, D.C. Megan has been dancing and choreographing since she was five years old, but her favorite style of dance to perform and teach is hip-hop! Although newer to MGM, Megan has always been part of the Gator Community. She was fortunate to graduate from River Bluff High School in its opening year. Outside of dance she enjoys obsessing over highland cows, taking road trips, and eating Chick-Fil-A regularly. Megan’s most exciting dance memory so far has been being a backup dancer for Weird Al Yankovich when he came to Columbia on his World Tour. She is beyond excited for another amazing school year and cannot wait to create meaningful work in the dance classroom this year! mviazanko@lexington1.net

Kara Corley – Kara Corley comes to MGM with 16 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 with K-12 Certification 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 in Columbia, the 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 of 3! Mrs. Corley and her husband are the proud parents of their daughter Hannah (2nd grade), as well as their 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

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Mr. 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 15th year teaching and my 8th 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

Melody Shafer is a graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Interior/Environmental Design. She obtained teacher certification through Indiana Wesleyan University and holds a Master of Science in Education degree through Walden University. She is a trained Franklin Covey facilitator and currently serves as MGM’s Service Learning Coordinator. She enjoys infusing the iCivics classroom with opportunities for students to live and learn citizenship. iCivics is an 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 Community, 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

Candice 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.

Ben Anderson – My name is Ben Anderson and I’m very excited to be entering my second year at MGM as a Physical Education teacher! In 2010, I earned my bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Georgia Tech and my M.A.T. in Physical Education from the University of South Carolina in 2018. In addition to teaching at MGM, I also serve as an assistant football coach at River Bluff High School. When I’m not teaching or coaching, I enjoy kayak fishing, playing golf, and spending time at the lake or beach with family and friends. If you need to contact me, my email is rbanderson2@lexington1.net. Ready for an exciting school year. Go Gators!

Outdoor Education

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Abby Chisholm – I am a Charleston native, University of South Carolina Alumni, soccer lover, and avid adventure seeker.  My name is Abby Chisholm and I am excited to begin my 3rd year at MGM teaching Outdoor Education and Unified PE! I graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. I earned my master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education in 2017. Along with teaching, I also coach soccer at River Bluff High School, serving as the JV Head Coach and Varsity Assistant. I consider myself a life-long learner, as I am inspired to learn as much as I can from my students, players, and the world around me.

When I’m not teaching or coaching, you can find me spending time with family, enjoying live music, traveling, adventuring with friends, boating, attending Gamecock athletics events, playing soccer, or enjoying the great outdoors. Feel free to contact me via phone or email: 803-821-0698 or achisholm@lexington1.net

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Phillip Thomas – 
Phillip designed Outdoor Education at Meadow Glen Middle School in 2013.  He has a Bachelor’s from Clemson University, Master’s from The Citadel, and Doctorate degree from University of South Carolina, 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. 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 helps coach boys varsity soccer at River Bluff High School, attends Mt. Horeb UMC in Lexington, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Caroline, who is a dentist at Palmetto Dental Associates in Lexington, and his three sons, Levi, Micah, and Canaan.

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Stephen 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.