LSA Announces New Faculty and Staff

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Dear Lee-Scott Academy Families,


I hope this email finds you enjoying summer!


One of the most rewarding aspects of serving as head of school is that LSA is a constant “work in progress” and each year presents new opportunities to learn and grow with a team of dedicated faculty and staff. The school’s strategic plan guides our decisions in staffing, programs, facility maintenance and enhancements, and opportunities to engage with LSA stakeholders.


Our work is engaging and renewing because it provides opportunities to respond to ever-changing circumstances with ever-changing students in an ever-changing world. Our work, just like the students’ work, requires us to adapt and grow. We are adapting some of our programs this year to better serve our students and we are growing with the addition of instructional coaches to serve our faculty, new enrichment classes to be taught in the upper school, and changes in the enrichment program in the lower school.


As we continue to prepare for the opening of school on August 8, we are excited about the addition of new faculty to our team and wanted to share with you internal faculty changes and promotions:


New Faculty:

  • Mrs. Laurin Beard – Lower School Art

  • Mrs. Melissa Cherry – Sixth Grade Science and Social Studies

  • Mrs. Ramona Claridy – Upper School Instructional Coach

  • Mrs. Molly Cross – Upper School Choir

  • Mrs. Joy Gothard – Lower School Instructional Coach

  • Mrs. Emily Holliday – Fifth Grade Math and Bible

  • Mrs. Jessica Kennessey – Upper School English

  • Mrs. Neally Lewis – ACT Math Prep

  • Dr. Mary Anna Martin-Smith – Lower School Principal

  • Mrs. Melissa Morris – Purchasing Coordinator

  • Mrs. Christie Parker – Sports Medicine/Health Occupation

  • Mrs. Beth Sasser – Fourth Grade Teacher

  • Mr. Jay Wise – Bible, PE, and Assistant Football Coach

  • Mrs. Susan Zellner – Upper School Spanish


Internal Faculty Changes:

  • Mrs. Juli Clardy – Lower School Technology Support Center

  • Mrs. Bonnie Claxton – Third Grade Teacher

  • Mrs. Denise Cochran – Sixth Grade Teacher

  • Mrs. Debbie Drake – Fourth Grade Teacher

  • Coach Corye Ivatt – Assistant Athletic Director and PE Curriculum Director

  • Coach William Johnson – Athletic Director

  • Mrs. Karen Kincey – Part-Time Kindergarten Aide

  • Coach Jim Miksis – Sports Management

  • Mrs. Malinda Powers – STEM

It’s an exciting time to be a part of the LSA family, and I look forward to welcoming you back on August 8 as we begin another school year full of energy and eagerness to learn.


Dr. Stan Cox

Head of School


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