8th grade team

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Trudie Montgomery – Mrs. Montgomery is excited for school the school year to begin. She is returning to the 8th grade House this year and beginning her 5th year of teaching at Meadow Glen Middle School. She attended the University of South Carolina, where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Level Education for English/Language Arts and Social Studies, she is also Gifted and Talented endorsed. In her free time she loves to spend time with her husband and daughter who is a freshman at Clemson University.  Students and parents are always welcome to contact me at tmontgomery@lexington1.net or 803-821-0646.

Cameron Johns – I am ecstatic to be at MGM this year and to be a Gator. I grew up in the suburbs of Greenville, SC and attended Mauldin High School. After high school, I pursued my degree in Secondary Education/English from the wonderful Clemson University.      My husband’s career has relocated us several times since we first married, but 10 years ago, we moved to Lexington, and we have grown to love this area.This is my 17th year teaching middle school, the last 9 years were spent in Lexington One at Gilbert Middle School.      My husband and I have been married 17 years and have two beautiful children, Cooper Johns, 8th grade, and Parker Marie, who just started Kindergarten at MGES. Cooper is a Gator football player and runs track. Parker Marie is still figuring out what she likes to do.      As a family, we enjoy spending time at the beach, specifically St. Augustine, Florida, where our family has a home. We also enjoy sports very much and during the fall, you will find us at all the Clemson home games, cheering on the tigers, or in our living room cheering, when the game is away.      I personally enjoy reading, spin class, dancing, and spending time with my family. I’ve been a Gator parent for two years now and I am thrilled to join the MGM staff and to work with all of your children.

Brittany Tucker – Hello! My name is Ms. Tucker, and I am thrilled to be a part of the eighth-grade team at Meadow Glen Middle this year. I am a Lexington native and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina Aiken where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education/English. Although most of my experience has been at the high school level, I am beyond excited to be a part of the Gator family! I know exactly what my students should expect in their academic transition from middle to high school, and I look forward to preparing them for that transition to the best of my ability. When I am not at school, I enjoy travelling, listening to live music, and spending quality time with my family and friends. One of my favorite places to visit is Lake Lure in North Carolina because I love the serenity of the mountains. A random fact about me is that I created and performed an academic rap about Andrew Jackson. (Yes, you read that right. Ask me about it!) E-mail: bntucker@lexington1.net

Math

Jen Cook – I’m Mrs. Cook and I consider it an honor to teach at Meadow Glen Middle. I am committed to helping students meet their goals and to creating a positive learning environment where every student has the opportunity to learn. I am originally from North Carolina and graduated from East Carolina University in 2002. Go Pirates! My husband and I moved to SC when we married in 2003, and have 2 children. Micah is a 5th grader and Piper is a 1st grader at Meadow Glen Elementary. This is my 18th year teaching, and my 3rd year at Meadow Glen. I deeply believe in what teaching and learning looks like in EL Education schools, and I can’t wait to continue my journey at MGM. It’s going to be a great year! Go Gators!

Allee Mathis – I’m Allee Mathis and I am extremely excited to be starting my third year here at Meadow Glen! I have my Bachelors of Science in Secondary Mathematics Education from Anderson University. I am a native of Aiken, SC and moved here with my husband for his job at Lexington Baptist Church as the middle school and recreation director. We got married in June 2017 and have spent this past summer going on adventures with the students of LBC around the state and out of the country. I was previously at T.L. Hanna High School teaching ninth grade. In my free time, I enjoy Netflix, musical theatre, dance, movies, and spending time with friends. Students and parents are always welcome to email me anytime at amathis@lexington1.net! I look forward to a wonderful year!

Katie Smith – Mrs. Smith is excited to be teaching 8th grade Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 at Meadow Glen Middle this year.  She is originally from Sumter, SC and was a student of Dr. Coon’s in high school.   She graduated from Converse College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and USC with a Masters of Education.   She earned her National Board Certification in 2007 and renewed her National Board Certification in 2016.   Her husband is a teacher and coach at River Bluff High School, and their two sons attend Midway Elementary.  She has been teaching math at the middle school and high school level for the past twenty years.   She believes in creating a positive learning environment where all students can be successful.  Go Gators!

History

Michael Moore – Mr. Moore has been a teacher for twenty-five years with the past ten years in Lexington 1.  He completed his undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina and earned his Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Scranton.  His interests include spending time with his wife traveling and hiking.  He also is a techie, loves James Bond movies and Snoopy, and enjoys playing golf.  Mr. Moore is excited about another fantastic year at Meadow Glen Middle School! MHMoore@Lexington1.net, 821-0656

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Janet Dorneker – I am a native South Carolinian who grew up in Greenville, South Carolina.  I received my BA at Furman University.  I attended the University of Sydney in Australia and obtained my Masters in Education with a Literature, Literacy, and Drama focus.  I began working on my second masters degree at Furman University in Middle Level Social Studies.  I taught 8th grade English Language Arts in both Greenville and Pickens County.   I have worked with the National Middle Association on teaming in the Middle School.  I worked on several committees to integrate social studies and ELA curriculums.  I began teaching at MGM in 2013.  I am currently teaching 8th grade English. My husband, Jerry, and I moved to Lexington in 2005 when he  began a new job.  Our daughter was born in 2007 and attends MGES.  My husband and I both love sports and travel.  I coached volleyball at Lexington Middle and now coach for Intense Volleyball, a juniors volleyball club in the Lexington area.  We are huge Cleveland Browns fans and spend Sunday watching the NFL.  I have traveled to Europe, Russia, Mexico, and Australia.  I love to share my experiences with my students and encourage their love of travel.  I am an avid reader and enjoy talking with students about the books they read. Jdorneker@lexington1.net, 803-821-0665

Korin Rogerson –Mrs. Rogerson is excited to be back in 8th grade at MGM! She grew up in Columbia, SC and went to Clemson University’s Calhoun Honors College for her Bachelor Degree in History. She also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of South Carolina. Mrs. Rogerson has taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade social studies at Lexington Middle and Meadow Glen Middle. She is a big sports fan, especially of the Clemson Tigers, Oregon Ducks, professional tennis, and scuba diving. She also loves all types of music and theater, TV and film, eating great foods, traveling, and her rescue animals (cat named Yogi and dog named Sadie). Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, Porter age 4 and Maeve age 1.  Krogerson@lexington1.net

Science

Ashley Holmes – My name is Ashley Holmes and I am so excited about the new school year.  I am the 8th grade House Leader and teach science, as well. I have twenty years of teaching experience, with the last six years right here at Meadow Glen.  I graduated from Furman University with a B.A. in Music and Education.  I hold a Masters Degree in Divergent Learning from Columbia College and I am currently a doctoral student at The University of South Carolina pursuing an Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction.  I am also Nationally Board Certified in the area of Early Adolescence Science.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and cheering on the Furman Paladins and the South Carolina Gamecocks.  I look forward to a fantastic year of teaching and learning. AHolmes@Lexington1.net, 821-0563,

Kay Dyar – I love being a MGM gator. This is my 30th year teaching science. I have a B.S. in Elementary Education from Lander and a Med in Guidance and Counseling Services from Clemson University. I love to go camping, kayaking, reading and watching college football (especially Clemson). I have 3 wonderful Chihuahuas: Skipper, Salty and Tide. I look forward to working with you this year. KDyar@Lexington1.net, 821-0684

Margaret Tesh– She has been teaching middle school students for more than 30 years, all in Lexington District One. Twenty four of these years were spent teaching 7th grade science, while the last 8 years have been in 8th grade science. She graduated from USC with a BA degree in Middle Education and Elementary Education. She is highly qualified in Middle Level Science. Even though she graduated from USC, she is both a Clemson and Tennessee fan! She is originally from SC, but has lived in TN, PA, and OK. Some of her hobbies are reading, shopping, cooking and playing games, such as cards and board games. She has played on a pool team! Basketball and baseball are her favorite sports to watch. She is looking forward to a great year at MGM, teaching 8th grade science and getting to know her students. MTesh@Lexington1.net, 821-0693

Kendall Bell – Welcome to the 8th grade! I am excited to be a part of the Meadow Glen family. I received my Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences with a minor in German Language from the University of South Carolina. Go cocks! I am currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University. I love spending time with my two pups, Burt and Oliver as well as traveling any chance that I get! I’m looking forward to an exciting year!