8th Grade

Bailey Dawkins

ELA and English 1 Honors

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary and Middle-Level English Education from Columbia College. I am also in the process of becoming endorsed in Gifted and Talented Education. I will be teaching eighth grade English Language Arts and English 1 Honors.  In addition to teaching, I am the spirit cheer coach here at Beechwood. In my free time, I enjoy reading, running/lifting weights, painting, and cooking. You may reach me at bdawkins@lexington1.net

Kimberly Sparks

ELA and English I Honors

I have been teaching since 2013.  I have taught English I Honors in both North Carolina and South Carolina.  I am excited about teaching eighth grade English Language Arts and Honors English I at BMS.  I have my Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education English.  I love spending time with family and friends. You may reach me at ksparks@lexington1.net

Jason McCullough

ELA and Social Studies

I have been teaching since 2004.  I taught ELA at White Knoll Middle and ELA and social studies at Carolina Springs Middle prior to moving to Beechwood.  I have undergraduate degrees in history and English and a graduate degree in secondary leadership, all from the University of South Carolina.  I am also endorsed in Gifted and Talented Education. I am originally from “across the river” in Richland County, where I attended Richland Northeast High School. I spend my free time reading, keeping up with current events, and doing anything outdoors.  I love my job! I can be reached at jmccullough@lexington1.net

Leah Nadorff

Science and Math (Algebra 1)

My name is Leah Nadorff, and I teach science and Algebra 1 at BMS. I am originally from Hartsville, SC but moved to Columbia 11 years ago to go to Columbia College and have lived here since.  I am highly qualified in middle level math and science. I taught math and science at Blythewood Middle School before coming to Lexington One. This will be my seventh year teaching middle school, and I am looking forward to having a fabulous year.  I have been married to my husband for five years and have two sweet children, Isaac and Katherine. In my limited free time, I enjoy cooking and experimenting with new recipes, listening to music, and taking my kids to the park to play. I look forward to teaching in this amazing new school, preparing students for high school, and building a community of Bengal pride! I can be reached at mnadorff@lexington1.net 

Jaya Gantt

Math (Pre-Algebra)

I received my B.A. in Middle-Level Education with concentrations in mathematics and English from the University of South Carolina. After graduating in 2018, I began teaching eighth-grade pre-Algebra and ELA at Lexington Middle School in the Fall of 2018. I am currently in the process of receiving my Gifted and Talented Endorsement as well as working towards my Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction- Leadership from Liberty University. In addition to teaching, I am the assistant competition cheer coach here at Beechwood Middle School and the varsity jump coach for track at Lexington High School. I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends and traveling. jsgantt@lexington1.net 

Susie Hughes

Math (Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1)

I received my B.A. in secondary education from Clemson University after graduating in 2006. I began my teaching career at Blythewood High School in 2006 where I taught Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 and coached varsity cheerleading. I left Blythewood High School in 2014 to stay home with my children and am excited to be returning to Lexington One where I attended grade school. I have the Gifted and Talented Endorsement and will be teaching eighth-grade pre-Algebra and Algebra 1. My husband and I have three young daughters and enjoy spending time as a family, hanging out with friends, cooking, and going to lots of amazing events that Lexington has to offer. You can reach me at slhughes@lexington1.net

Jessica Quinton


I began teaching middle school science in 2000.  I have primarily taught seventh grade and before coming to Beechwood Middle School, I taught a sixth and seventh-grade loop at Meadow Glen Middle.  I am excited about teaching 8th-grade science! I have received three degrees from USC: A B.S. in biology, M.A.T. in elementary education and an Ed.D in curriculum and instruction.  I also have National Board certification in Early Adolescence – Science. I enjoy spending time with my family, watching TV, and crafting. Feel free to contact me at jquinton@lexington1.net  

Lauren Meyers


I have been teaching since 2013, and my experience includes serving students in grades six through eight in Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. I have a master’s in teaching and have taught math, science, social studies, and language arts; however, my heart now lies in the world of science! I am also a support teacher for student council here at Beechwood. My interests include playing video games and volleyball, eating, and focusing on family. It’s going to be a fantastic year and I am honored to be your child’s eighth-grade science teacher! Please contact me at lmeyers2@lexington1.net 

Jennifer Garrick

Social Studies (South Carolina History)

It is great to be a part of the eighth-grade team at Beechwood Middle School!  I am a Lexington native and a graduate of Lexington High School. I attended the University of South Carolina where I received a bachelor’s degree in history.  After spending time in another field I went back to school and received my bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of South Carolina – Aiken. Most recently, I earned a Masters of Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. I am certified in elementary and high school level social studies and am National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Adolescence & Young Adulthood/Social Studies certified.  I have also earned endorsements in Advanced Placement US History, Gifted and Talented, and Teaching Children of Poverty. After 21 years of teaching at Lexington High School, I decided to make the change to middle school, and I am loving every minute of it! I am also an eighth-grade team leader at Beechwood.  I live in Lexington with my husband and our four children.  While my children and their various activities take up most of my spare time, I find time to attend sporting events and concerts and watch Live PD (it’s my guilty pleasure!).  Go Bengals!! You can reach me at jgarrick@lexington1.net or by phone at (803)821-5700 ext.5739.

Mark Dudley

Social Studies (South Carolina and U.S. History)

I am originally from Cayce, South Carolina and have lived in SC my entire life. I graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School and went on to graduate from Presbyterian College. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies and played baseball for four years. I recently earned my master’s degree in educational leadership from Fort Hays State. I also have the Gifted and Talented Endorsement. I started my teaching career right out of college at W. Wyman King Academy in 2002. I spent some time out of the field of education; however, I returned to teaching a few years ago at White Knoll High School. Along with teaching, I enjoy coaching football and baseball. I will be serving as an assistant coach of the football staff here at Beechwood. When I am not on campus, I enjoy watching college football, exercising, and spending time with my beautiful wife, Mary, who is also a teacher in Lexington One. You can reach me at medudley@lexington1.net.