World Language


French

Ousmane Fall – Salut! I am very excited to teach 6th and 7th Grade French at MGM. I am originally from Dakar, Senegal and have been in the United States for 5 years now.  I graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Political Science. I first started tutoring French Elementary, Business French and Public Administration at Auburn; and that is how I came to the realization that I have a passion for teaching. During my free time, I enjoy playing soccer and reading. I am very honored and humbled to be part of the MGM family and looking forward to another amazing year of teaching.

 

Erin Hamner – Madame Hamner is a South Carolina Teaching Fellow and a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College, where she earned a B.A. in French with a concentration in foreign language instruction. She completed a significant portion of her program abroad, studying at the Institut de Touraine in Tours, France in 2014 and at the Université d’Artois in Arras, France in 2015. While completing her student teaching at Meadow Glen Middle in 2016, she fell in love with the welcoming school environment, its passionate faculty, and their commitment to embracing the most progressive methods of world language instruction and assessment. In 2017, she was named a “Teacher of Promise” by the South Carolina Foreign Language Teachers Association. Madame Hamner (better known as “Madame H” by her previous MGM students) is thrilled to return to Meadow Glen Middle as an official member of the Gator family for the 2017-2018 school year! In her spare time, Madame H enjoys reading, being outdoors (especially in the mountains), as well as exploring new places and trying new foods. She can be reached by e-mail at ehamner@lexington1.net.

 

 

Cathy Potens – Madame Pontens-Alemu will be teaching 8th grade French this year. She is excited to join the MGMS family and looking for a great year with the new eighth grade students. She received a masters in French as Foreign Language as well as in Linguistics from the University of Toulouse Le Mirail, France. She is also a National Board Certified teacher. She has taught in different countries before coming to the U.S.

 

 

 

ToddTodd Spaulding, Ph.D.  (French) – Dr. Spaulding has studied French since 1998. He got his B.A. in French from SUNY Geneseo (2004), his Masters in French from USC (2010) and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from USC (2015). Dr. Spaulding has published numerous articles on H.P. Lovecraft and the weird fiction genre. Dr. Spaulding has also taught English in France in two different high schools and one year at the Université de Haute-Alsace, where he met his wife.

Dr. Spaulding’s philosophy on learning a foreign language is that it serves as a passport into a new world where the arrangement of knowledge, expression and being are vastly different. In discovering this new world through a foreign language, students are exposed to the cultural other. In being exposed to the cultural other students learn about compassion for differences and tolerance for the unfamiliar. When students discover a new world, their own world gets larger and they are better for it. Students learn that there is more than one way to live and speak, and understanding that their way of living and speaking isn’t the only way makes them citizens of not just the United States but, truly, of the world.
When Dr. Spaulding isn’t teaching or writing lesson plans he enjoys reading, playing on his PS4 and pumping iron at the gym. Dr. Spaulding and his wife are adventure enthusiasts and love to explore new cultures, languages and foods while on vacation. He has three cats and a ball python.

 

 

Spanish

Filder Segura – Dr. Segura has studied a Doctorate in education focused on curriculum and leadership at NOVA University in florida, with a Master degree in education focused on didactics at Externado University, Colombia and a B.A in Spanish and English languages at UGC University,Colombia. He has been teaching in Colombia, Canada and USA for more than 11 years and has a wide experience teaching, designing curriculum and developing leadership communities in middle, highschool and college.

Dr. Segura is from Colombia and has recently moved to South Carolina with his wife and three children, this is his second year teaching spanish in SC and hopes to keep inspiring his students in the acquisition and learning of a foreign language. He loves sharing time with his family, teaching, traveling, reading, dancing salsa and listening Latin Music. He feels so greatful of this wonderful experience of meet many people around the world and join MGMS family.

 

BioPicSamantha Simmons – Señorita Simmons is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where she earned a B.A. in Spanish. She is originally from Houston, Texas but loves her new home in South Carolina. She is half Cuban, so for as long as she can remember she has been surrounded by the Spanish language and fun Latin American culture. In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending quality time with friends and family. She is very excited to share her love of Spanish with the students at Meadow Glen Middle School this year!

 

 

Valentina Salomón – Señora Salomón, a first year Spanish Teacher in MGMS. She has a Bachelor degree in Human Resources with a magna Cum Laude Honor from the José Antonio Páez University in Venezuela. She worked as a Human Resources Consultant/ Personnel Selection Department Coordinator, where she dedicated part of her time leading professional training sessions. Her family decided to come to this country, where she studied for over one year in the University of South Carolina English for Internationals Program. After she finished that Program, she decided to return to the Human Resources world, working as a Recruiter, and then as a Bilingual Medical Interpreter. Since she moved from her home country, she has felt the necessity to being more involved with her community and her language, and for the pride that she feels about her culture.  This has lead her to decide to share her knowledge and experience with the kids as a Teacher.

 

Latin

img_1954Jessica Stolebarger – Magistra Stolebarger (Ms. S) is a graduate of the College of Charleston where she earned an A.B (Artium Baccalaureatus) in Classics and Foreign Language Education. She started her college career in the direction of archeology, but felt drawn to teaching after her first year. She is originally from Chesapeake, Virginia but loves her Lexington family. She is excited to teach another year at MGMS as co-chair for the WL department. She can be reached by email at jstolebarger@lexington1.net

 

 

Chinese

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Yuxin Wang, M.A., M.Ed. (Chinese) – Yuxin (Susan) Wang, from Beijing China, graduated from Framingham State University and the Normal University of Beijing, majored in International Education, as well as Chinese Linguistics and Literature.  She will start her third year at MGMGS. Prior to teaching in MGMS, she has been teaching Mandarin Chinese in the International School system for more than 17 years, including in China, in the US and in South Korea.  She takes teaching as a ”learning by exploring” process with her students. Beyond teaching, she enjoys reading, working out in the gym and traveling. She looks forward to having a wonderful year in MGMS. You can always reach her at ywang@lexington1.net.

 

Natalie Lukity (Chinese Name:  Lu Ming Sun) – Mrs. Lukity is excited to be teaching Middle School Mandarin-Chinese at Meadow Glen Middle this year.  This will be her first year teaching in Lexington school district, as she was previously a Mandarin-Chinese Middle School teacher at Sullivan Middle School in Rock Hill, SC for the past four years.  She is originally from Zhuanghe, China, near Dalian China and graduated from Dalian Light Industry College with a B.S in Teaching & Arts and received her Masters degree in Foreign Language and Teaching at Dalian University of Foreign Languages.   Her interests outside of the classroom are spending quality time with her husband and two boys, Grant (6 yrs old) and Gaven (4 yrs old).  They also enjoy family trips travelling internationally to learn about new cultures, languages and food and spending time in their lake home fishing, boating and family dinners on the dock watching the sunset.

 

Na Zhang, M.A. (Chinese Mandarin teacher) – Na (Venus) Zhang, from Xi’an city, the capital city of Shaanxi Province, China, graduated from Xi’an International Studies University with the Master Degree of Arts, majored in British Literature and Chinese Language Education. She has 11 years of experience in language teaching and used to teach English as a foreign language to university students as well as teaching middle schoolers Chinese Mandarin in China. She cherishes the “philosophy of love” in education and dedicates to find the significance of teaching. In her spare time, she loves singing, traveling and cooking Chinese food. She is looking forward to enjoying a fantastic school year with the boys and girls in MGMS.

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