Special Services

Tracy Mann

ELA Support and Co-Teaching

I have been teaching since 2006 and am excited to be at Beechwood Middle School! I earned my bachelor’s degree in special education from SUNY Geneseo and have master’s degrees in curriculum from Walden University and in educational administration from USC. I have taught in several districts in the state of South Carolina and was previously at Lake Murray Elementary. I am married with two young sons, and all three of my “boys” are everything to me :). Thank you for sharing your children with us – without them, there would be no Beechwood! tmann@lexington1.net


Clay Kemerer

Math/Social Support and Co-teaching

I moved to South Carolina, specifically Rock Hill, in 2017 and began my teaching career as a resource teacher in Chester County at Great Falls Elementary. I hold bachelor’s degrees in special education and early childhood education from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. I grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, PA and love my Pittsburgh sports teams! My wife Jamie and I have been married since July 2018 and have two pets: our dog, Lola, and our cat, Miller. We moved to Lexington in May 2019, and we are so happy to be here. We are continuing to explore new places in the area. I enjoy spending my time outside, on the lake, or at the gym. I will also be the assistant boys’ basketball coach here at Beechwood Middle School. Go Bengals! ckemerer@lexington1.net


Anne Peterson

Teacher of Special Abilities – CC1A

This is my 13th year of teaching! I attended Central Connecticut University for a B.S. degree, Anna Maria College for an M.B.A., and Lesley University for an M.Ed in elementary and special education.  I am highly qualified in early elementary, elementary, and multi-categorical special education. I am also certified in Middle-Level ELA and Social Studies. I enjoy spending time with family and anything outside and active!  My email address is apeterson@lexington1.net.


Haleigh McCartha

Teacher of Special Abilities – CC1-B

I have been teaching since 2018, and I am thrilled to be a part of the Beechwood family. I earned my bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of South Carolina,  Aiken. I am certified as a multi-categorical special education teacher for grades K-5 through 12. I am also certified in Read to Succeed. I am the staff representative for the Special Olympics Unified Program and the Special Olympics Fan Club.  I previously taught at Pleasant Hill Middle School. I have been married to my husband, Chris, since 2017, and we have a dog named Nola. We love to travel, camp, and spend time in Clemson! My email is hmccartha@lexington1.net. I am thrilled to have a small part in helping your child grow here at Beechwood. 


Kari Burnett

Math Interventionist

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. I am thrilled to serve as Math Interventionist at BMS! kburnett@lexington1.net


Melanie Wells

ELA Interventionist

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 


Susan Young

ESOL and RtI

I am excited to be a part of Beechwood Middle School and Lexington One as the RtI and ESOL teacher. Prior to becoming a Bengal, I taught ESOL at the elementary and middle school level at several schools in the Lexington Two School District from 2014 to 2019. I am an alumna of Clemson University, where I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, and of the University of South Carolina, where I received a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English and a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Married for 27 years, my husband and I have a daughter and a son. I love quilting, reading, walking at Saluda Shoals, and kayaking on the Saluda River. I look forward to being a part of the growth of our brilliant Beechwood Bengals! spyoung@lexington1.net 


David Halfacre

School Psychologist

David is a certified school psychologist, through by the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) and National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and a stated-licensed Psychoeducational Specialist (LPES) with 25 years experience working with students aged preschool to college in several counties (Charleston, Aiken, Berkeley, Newberry, and Lexington). David completed his undergraduate and graduate training at The Citadel, with additional coursework completed at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). His professional interests focus on classroom behavior management, social/emotional/behavioral issues, school safety, risk assessment, and learning differences/disabilities. David’s hobbies include parenting two daughters, exercising at the gym, and reading. David is split between schools and district duties for CPI training. He can be found at Beechwood Middle School most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays and at Pleasant Hill Middle School most Wednesdays and Thursdays. The school psychologist’s office phone at BMS is 803-821-5792. Email contact is dhalfacre@lexington1.net.