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


Ron Mulligan

ELA

I am pleased to be joining Beechwood Middle School to teach ELA. I did my undergraduate work at the University of Prince Edward Island and obtained my master’s degree from the University of South Carolina. I am certified to teach middle-level ELA, and secondary history, and am endorsed to teach gifted and talented. Prior to BMS, I taught for thirteen years at Pleasant Hill Middle and fourteen years at Northside Middle in Lexington Two. My wife Lynn is an elementary art teacher, and I have two daughters, Caroline, a senior at Clemson and Elizabeth, a junior at LHS. I enjoy spending summers at my cottage on Prince Edward Island, reading classics, and cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs. rmulligan@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


William Polascak

Math & Pre-Algebra

I have been teaching math since 2005, first in Florida and now in South Carolina although I am originally from New Jersey. I received my degree from Florida Atlantic University in education, and then my wife and I went back for our master’s degrees from the University of Phoenix.  I love teaching math. Since it is not known as the most “fun” subject, I try to make it as interesting as possible and make each class educational and fun! When not at work, I enjoy time with my wife and son. I am an avid football fan (Gators for college and JETS for pro) but also enjoy watching movies, playing games, and reading. wpolascak@lexington1.net


Elizabeth Fraser

Science

I began my teaching career in Lexington School District One in 1998.  My undergraduate degree is from Louisiana Tech University, and I received my master’s degree from the University of South Carolina.  My certification level is masters plus 30 and includes biology, middle-level science, general science, and elementary education with the status of highly qualified in each of these areas.  I also hold certification in online teaching. Before joining Beechwood Middle School I taught at Midway Elementary, Lexington Middle School, and Pleasant Hill Middle School. My husband and I have three wonderful sons.  I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, and reading. efraser@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