Lexington One Online Learning Academy

Melanie Wells


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 

Stobo VanHorne

Social Studies

I graduated from Newberry High School in 1993 and then attended the University of South Carolina from 1993-1999, earning a B. A. in History and an M.T. in Secondary Social Studies.  In 2006, I earned National Board Certification. I began teaching eighth- and ninth-grade at Lexington Middle School.  Over the years, I have taught a variety of history and social studies courses as well as leadership and health classes.  I have also coached boys’ B-team, varsity and junior varsity basketball at Lexington High School.  Currently I am the BMS boys’ basketball coach. My wife teaches kindergarten at Gilbert Primary.  We have three daughters:  Emma, Julia, and Kate. rvanhorne@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 6th and 7th-grade loop at Meadow Glen Middle. 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 am also a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence – Science. I enjoy spending time with my family, watching TV and crafting.  Feel free to contact me at jquinton@lexington1.net

Elizabeth Fraser


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

Sean Lafaye


I have taught art at both the elementary and middle school levels.  I started teaching in Florence School District One upon receiving my bachelor’s degree in art education in 2004. While in Florence One, I was an art teacher traveling between three schools and recognized as Teacher of the Year at Wallace Gregg Elementary School. Also while teaching in Florence, I obtained my master’s in elementary education from Francis Marion University in 2005.  I returned to Columbia in 2005 and taught at Bookman Road Elementary in Richland Two for nine years where I served as team leader and tech mentor. I also served on the Faculty Advisory Council for the district. While in Richland Two, I received National Board Certification in Early to Middle Childhood Art and was recognized as Teacher of the Year at Bookman Road Elementary School.  In 2015, I accepted my first middle school art position at Carolina Springs Middle School in Lexington School District One and was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2017. After four years at CSMS, I am now proud to call Beechwood Middle School my new home. I am one of two Connections lead teachers at BMS, serve on the IB Implementation Team for the school, and am the team leader for middle school art in Lexington One. I am looking forward to the upcoming school year at Beechwood Middle and sharing my love for anime and all things art! I can be reached with any questions or concerns at slafaye@lexington1.net