Meet Your ESOL Teachers!

Addy Aranda Sugar Creek Elementary

Mrs. Aranda is a graduate of Florida International University.  She currently holds a BS in Elementary Education, an MA in Teaching and Learning and is working on her Doctorate degree in Education. She's also National Board Certified in Early Childhood. Mrs. Aranda began her teaching career in Miami, FL and worked with kindergarten students of all ESOL levels, as well as the bilingual education program.  She relocated to South Carolina in 2008, where she continued to teach kindergarten at OPES, and later PKES.  After realizing the diverse growth that was taking place in South Carolina, she joined Fort Mill’s ESOL department. She understands first-hand the difficulties students and their families face when arriving in a new country and acquiring an additional language.

Nikki Bartell - Fort Mill High, Nation Ford High

       Mrs. Bartell taught English at Nation Ford High School before joining our ESOL team.  She studied English at Coastal Carolina University and also has her MA in Teaching.  Mrs. Bartell says, "Working with ESOL has been one of the best decisions in my career. I love helping students and watching them grow both in their abilities and in their academic knowledge."

Darby Florian - Springfield Middle

        Mrs. Florian began her teaching career in Fort Mill after finishing her teaching degree in Early Childhood from Winthrop University. After a wonderful six years with the Fort Mill School District, she moved to Guatemala to teach and live at an orphanage. When she moved back to the United States, she returned to teaching in South Carolina. After completing her Masters in English Language Learners, she began working in Fort Mill as an ESOL teacher.

Julie Grieve - Fort Mill Elementary, Fort Mill Middle, Springfield Elementary

A graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University, Mrs. Grieve has a BA in Political Science. She is credentialed to teach Middle School Social Studies and is working on her certificates in ESOL and High School Social Studies. Mrs. Grieve transitioned to teaching after working for 16 years in the travel industry. She is multi-lingual - speaking French, German, ASL, and some Spanish. Besides learning new languages, Mrs. Grieve loves to travel, read, and try out new ethnic cuisines. Her favorite quote is from Charlemagne, "To have another language is to possess a second soul."

Tamara Jones - Orchard Park Elementary, Riverview Elementary, Doby's Bridge Elementary, Banks Trail Middle

Mrs. Jones is a graduate of the University of South Florida. She is certified in Elementary Education with endorsements in Reading Recovery, GT, and ESOL. Mrs. Jones is also working on a Master's degree in Special Education. She says, "I'm passionate about ESL students and learning more about how to best serve them." When she's not teaching, Mrs. Jones loves to travel - especially to Spanish speaking countries where she can practice speaking Spanish.

Candyce Powers - Sugar Creek Elementary

A graduate of Winthrop University, Ms. Powers has a BS in Elementary Education and an MA in Divergent Learning. She has a GT endorsement and is working on her ESOL add-on. Before joining our ESOL staff, she was a third grade teacher for 15 years. In her time in the classroom, Ms. Powers saw the many struggles that ELLs had on a daily basis and worked hard to make a difference in their education. When she's not teaching and learning new strategies for ESOL, you might find Ms. Powers at the gym, backpacking or spending time with her grand-kids.

Kari Revels - Gold Hill Elementary, Gold Hill Middle

          Originally from Buffalo, NY, Mrs. Revels graduated with  a BS in Social Work from Buffalo State College. She moved to SC 16 years ago and has been working with the Fort Mill School District for 15 years. She started at the alternative school working with the special education students, which made her realize she wanted to go back to school to get her MA in Special Education. Since then, she has worked in special setting and resource classrooms. She decided to teach ELLs after hosting a foreign exchange student from Germany. Mrs. Revels loves learning about other cultures and languages.

Amber Terry - Tega Cay Elementary, Pleasant Knoll Elementary

A graduate of Clemson University, Mrs. Terry has a BS in Elementary Education and an MA in Divergent Learning. She is currently working on her ESOL add-on certification. Before joining our ESOL staff, she was a fourth grade teacher for 2 years and a second grade teacher for 4 years within the Fort Mill School District.  While in the classroom, Mrs. Terry really enjoyed working with children individually and in small groups.  She loved seeing the difference that small group instruction made in all her students' lives.  She has carried that same love to the ESOL field, where she has a passion for working with students of different backgrounds.  When she's not working with ELLs and learning new teaching techniques, you might find Mrs. Terry spending time with her husband and two-year old daughter, Lillie!