World Languages

Brandi Humble

Spanish

Señora Humble teaches Connections Spanish and Spanish II.  She serves as the department chair for the world language department and coaches the BMS Bengal cheerleaders.  Sra Humble earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in Spanish from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, followed with a master’s in secondary education with a concentration in health and PE.  Upon returning to South Carolina she completed her master’s degree in educational leadership and continues to learn and grow with a variety of professional training and endorsements, including Gifted and Talented, Literacy, and ESOL.  

When not in the classroom, Sra Humble enjoys spending time with her family.  She has four daughters, and they regularly travel to the beach, the mountains, and anywhere else they can find adventure. BHumble@lexington1.net


Nelly Garcia

Spanish

Señora Garcia is originally from Bogotá, Colombia. She will be teaching Spanish I and Connections Spanish. She holds a master’s degree in linguistics from Jaen University – Spain and has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English from La Gran Colombia University. She has been teaching for several years and thinks that studying a second language is a great opportunity to learn about different cultures and to see the world in a wider way.

She came to the U.S with an international program four years ago, and she has enjoyed teaching at the middle and high school levels in SC. She loves spending time with her family, doing fun activities with her two kids, listening to music, traveling, and when possible, dancing! LGarcia@Lexington1.net


Dr. Watonsi

French

Originally from Cameroon, central Africa, Doctor Watonsi will be teaching Connections French and French II. He holds a master’s degree in journalism and communication from Université de Marseille II in France, a master’s degree in French literature from Kansas University in Lawrence, and a Ph.D. in French literature from the Dalhousie University of Halifax in Canada. Dr. Watonsi has been teaching for several years and has taught at the elementary school, middle school, high school, and college levels. Last year he taught at LMS and is happy to continue his career in Lexington One as a pioneer at BMS!  In his free time, Dr. Watonsi likes to read. Also, he is a black belt fourth degree in Karate, Shotokan style, and a black belt first degree in Kodokan Judo style. jwatonsi@lexington1.net


Rachel Chartrand

French

Madame Chartrand will be teaching Connections French and French I.  She is originally from Charleston, South Carolina but has lived in Lexington since 2002.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education and French from Converse College. She also received a master’s degree in education, administration, and supervision from the University of Phoenix. She has been teaching since 1998 and previously taught at the high school and college levels and in the district’s French immersion program.  When not at Beechwood, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and two dogs. rchartrand@lexington1.net


Frau Fretwell

German

Frau Fretwell holds a Masters Degree in History from the Helmut Schmidt Universität in Hamburg, Germany and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, United Kingdom.

She previously taught high school and college students, but spent the last three years at Deerfield Elementary, where she taught as an immersion teacher.

Before becoming a teacher she was an officer in the German Army and also worked for a number of non-profits focusing on providing better services to military veterans in Washington, DC.

She is a competitive runner and triathlete and recently added stroller running to her repertoire. Frau Fretwell has a passion for traveling and learning new things. She can be reached at bfretwell@lexington1.net


Dakota Walker

Latin (All Levels)

Miss Walker is a graduate of Washington & Lee University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts. in Classics (Latin, Ancient Greek, Ancient History). She spent a summer doing archaeological work in Athens, Greece as a part of the Agora Excavations. She also completed a semester in Rome, Italy at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies. Before moving to Beechwood, Miss Walker taught Latin at Pleasant Hill for two years. She is looking forward to another great year in Lexington One! dwalker@lexington1.net