7th Grade

Taylor Graham

ELA

My name is Taylor Graham, and I am so excited to teach in the district that gave so much to me as a student! I have a bachelor’s degree in secondary education English as well as a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in education from Clemson University. I am currently working towards obtaining a master’s degree in instructional accommodations from Francis Marion University. When I’m not at school, you can find me spending time with my family, hanging out by the lake or pool, or reading a good book! tdgraham@lexington1.net


Melanie Wells

ELA

I have been teaching since 2011, and I am excited to be at Beechwood! I earned my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from USC and my master’s in education from the American College of Education.  I earned my Masters +30 in literacy. I am Elementary and Middle-Level ELA certified. I am married and have two young sons, two rescue dogs, and a horse. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and being outdoors.  I am so excited to be at Beechwood this year! mwells@lexington1.net 


Michelle Norris

ELA

I am excited to join the Beechwood staff. I began teaching in 1996. Most recently, I taught eighth grade ELA and English I at Pleasant Hill Middle. I have taught middle school, high school, and college English/Language Arts courses. I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in English from Clemson University. I am endorsed in Gifted and Talented Education and Advanced Placement English. My husband serves as a pilot in the Army National Guard, and my daughter starts middle school this year. We love pets! We have two Yorkiepoos and one cat. I enjoy reading and gardening. The easiest way to reach me is through email at mfnorris@lexington.net.


Grady Decell

Math

I am excited about joining the Beechwood staff.  I taught for fifteen years at Lexington Middle School where I taught sixth, seventh and eighth-grade math. I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Educations from Coker College and a Master’s Degree from Southern Wesleyan University. gdecell@lexington1.net


Candace Newton

Math

I am very excited about the 2019-2020 school year at Beechwood Middle School, and I look forward to working with you and your child to provide the best possible learning experience.  I have six years of teaching experience. I taught four years in Tennessee, one year in preschool and three years in 7th-grade ELA. I moved to SC after marrying my husband in 2017. I taught 6th-grade math for two years at Crossroads Intermediate School in Irmo before coming to Beechwood this year! I have a teacher’s certificate for elementary education and middle-level mathematics. I have a South Carolina endorsement to teach gifted and talented students.  I earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education with a minor in mathematics from Tennessee Wesleyan University. I earned this degree because of a dual athletic scholarship in basketball and cross country. I will be the girls’ basketball coach here at Beechwood. Family is very important to me. Over the summer, I gave birth to my daughter, Caroline. I enjoy spending every second I can with her and the rest of my family. Aside from family, my two major passions are teaching and coaching. I love teaching math, staying active, and watching sports! I can be reached at cnewton@lexington1.net


Kari Burnett

Math

I am very excited about the upcoming year at Beechwood Middle School! I grew up in Michigan and moved to South Carolina after graduating from Central Michigan University in 2011. I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, majoring in mathematics. I furthered my education with a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from CMU. My husband, Patrick Burnett, teaches at Meadow Glen Middle School and coaches football at River Bluff High School. We have a daughter, Elliot, and a Yorkie/Beagle named Chip.  kburnett@lexington1.net


Katie Barnhill

Science

I am honored and excited to be a Bengal at Beechwood Middle School!  In addition to teaching seventh-grade science, I am a sponsor for the BMS Student Council.  I began my teaching career in 2007-2008 at Ooltewah Middle School in sixth-grade science. My family and I moved from Tennessee to Mississippi to South Carolina and are happy to call Lexington our home. I have also taught 8th-grade science at Pleasant Hill Middle School. I graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education and went on to get my Master of Science in Education. My SC endorsements include 5-8 grade science, math, ELA, and social studies with Highly Qualified Status in science.  On evenings, weekends, and during the summers, my family and I enjoy going to see movies at the drive-in, traveling, and trying new experiences. kbarnhill@lexington1.net


Sarah Vickers

Science

I started teaching in 2003 after I graduated from Winthrop University.  After graduating from Winthrop, I stayed in the Rock Hill area and taught at Sullivan Middle and Rawlinson Road Middle as an 8th-grade science teacher.  Starting in 2007, I began teaching 7th-grade science at Gilbert Middle School and absolutely fell in love with the seventh-grade science content. In 2013, I received my master’s in divergent learning from Columbia College.

My husband, Steven, and I have two children, Weston and Nora.  They keep us very busy with dance, golf, and soccer. In my spare time, I love to read, shop on Amazon, and spend time with my family and friends. svickers@lexington1.net


Tamika Bailey

Science

I am very proud to be a member of the BMS family.  This is my eighteenth year of teaching. I spent thirteen of those years teaching in Jamaica, which is my birth country.   I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of the West Indies. I majored in education with a biology focus and science education.  In my spare time, I love to read, garden, and take on DIY projects around the house. I can be reached at tbailey@lexington1.net.


Lisa Bradley

Social Studies (Geography)

I have been teaching since 1993; I taught seventh-grade social studies at Lexington Middle before moving to Pleasant Hill Middle in 2011.  I am excited to be at Beechwood Middle School and serve as the social studies department chair. I have my degree in middle grades education from UNC-Chapel Hill, with concentrations in social studies and language arts.  I also have National Board Certification in Social Studies-History and am endorsed in Gifted and Talented Education.  

I love spending time playing games and watching movies with my family. I have a daughter who is a junior in the Honors College at USC, and a son who is a sophomore at LHS.  I enjoy reading and keeping up with current events as well.  

You can contact me by email at lbradley@lexington1.net, or by telephone at (803) 821-5273.


Mark Piepoli

Social Studies (Geography)

 I have been in education since 2012. From 2016 – 2018, I taught world history at White Knoll Middle School.  I was at Lexington High School for the four years before that. I started the boys lacrosse program at LHS in 2013, and I am still currently the head coach. I graduated from Presbyterian College with a bachelor’s degree in history in 2010, and I also played on the lacrosse & football teams during my time there.  I also attended graduate school at the University of South Carolina. I am a big Baltimore sports fan. I enjoy golfing and spending time with my family and friends. I am a very passionate educator and coach, and I am looking forward to having a great year at Beechwood! mpiepoli@lexington1.net


Angie Kruger

Social Studies (Geography)

 I have been teaching since 2014; I taught sixth-grade ELA and social studies at Pelion Middle School before being asked to join Beechwood and am so excited to be here at Beechwood Middle for its inaugural year!  I graduated cum laude from Columbia College with a degree in elementary education and am certified at the middle level in social studies. I love spending time reading (I read EVERY day!), knitting, hiking, traveling, and most of all, attending Renaissance faires!  I am looking forward to an exciting and productive year. akruger@lexington1.net