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Meet Our Team

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Katherine Korelich

Executive Director

Dr. Kathryn Korelich has had a very accomplished career which she began as an English teacher in a small school in Michigan. She then relocated to Texas where she progressed from classroom teaching to school district leadership. Dr. Korelich holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education from Western Michigan University, a Master of Science in Educational Administration, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University Kingsville. Recently, she moved to the Upstate to be closer to family.

Dr. Korelich’s achievements in academic success included leading her school as principal to earn the Texas Education Agency Distinction Designation in the top 25% of Closing Performance Gaps for two consecutive years. The school then went on to earn distinctions in science and post-secondary readiness. Specifically, writing scores increased by 26% for economically disadvantaged students, 12% overall higher than the state average.  Math scores went up 11% year one. 100% of English Language Learner students reached proficiency year two. Many of her accomplishments involved challenging special needs and non-English speaking students. However, and most importantly, her positive attitude and energy are contagious!

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Claire Carter

Administrator

A lifelong resident of Greenville, Claire Carter holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Erskine College and an Master's of Education from the University of South Carolina. Her career spans 28 years at Greenville Technical College working as marketing instructor, Department Head of Marketing and Management, and Director of the Northwest Campus.

After retiring in 2009 she worked as an educational consultant for the Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center. In 2011, having served on the Einstein Board of Directors for five years, Claire began her career as the Administrator for the school.

Mrs. Carter is married and has one daughter.

 

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Rick Robertson

Teacher, Physical Education 

A 1992 High School graduate of Southside High school, Coach Rickey Robertson played varsity basketball and won the school’s first state championship during his senior year. He attended Denmark Technical College and Greenville Technical College, studying business management. Coach Robertson is the sole proprietor of District 25 Barbershop, which has been in establishment since 1999. He has coached basketball for 18 years, from 1999-2003 at Southside High School and 2004 to present at Greenville Tech Charter High School. Coach Robertson is married and has two children.

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Heather Smith

Teacher

 

Heather Smith, originally from the Midwest, lives in Greenville with her 3 daughters and comes with over 15 years of experience in Special Education. Having played all roles from parent, teacher, therapist and specialist, her ability to relate and see different points of view are a strength. Her teaching philosophy is based on student engagement, active learning, and student centered instruction with an adoption of behavioral interventions when necessary.  Assessing individual needs, helping students overcome difficulties and stressors while improving their behaviors and social skills are areas she is most passionate about. 

Ms. Smith graduated with a Bachelor’s in Social Science, obtained a Professional Florida Teaching License and received her Autism Endorsement in 2010. 

Her experience includes teaching 10 years in elementary special education, providing clinical and home-based behavioral therapy, evaluating, assessing and consulting for parents and Individuals with Special Needs.

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Pamela Bagwell

Teacher

Pamela Bagwell is a highly qualified teacher with a B.A. from Clemson University, majoring in  Special Education: Multi-categorical K-12, and a Master’s degree from Southern Wesleyan University in Classroom Leadership. She has over 10 years of teaching students with learning differences, Autism, Vision Impairment, ADHD, ADD, Downs, OHI Developmentally Delayed. Overall, she has been teaching for more than 14 years ranging from Kindergarten to high school seniors.

Mrs. Bagwell has been happily married to Michael Bagwell, very proud of her daughter, Dr. Laura C. Bagwell (M.D.), and son, John M. Bagwell. She spends her free time spoiling her three pets: Shelley (dog), Sadie (cat), and Bear (chinchilla).

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Tonyae Burnett

Teacher

Tonyae has taught school for 21 years.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and her Masters from Furman University.  In 2010, she became National Board Certified. She resides in Greer, SC. She has four daughters, three grandchildren, and is married to Lamar Burnett.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. She is a huge LSU and New Orleans Saints fan.

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Kim Murray

Teacher

Kim Murray received her Bachelor's degree from Purdue University and Master's degree from Central Missouri University. She has been teaching for 15 years, mostly in secondary and special needs education, in both public and private schools. Mrs. Murray moved to the Greenville area from Clermont-Ferrand, France in June of 2015. She and her husband, Scott, have two children. In her free time, she enjoys reading, travel writing, and swimming. Visit Mrs. Murray's Class Page

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Diane Azzarito

Teacher

With 12 years of teaching experience, Diane Azzarito holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Education (K-8), with a Visual Arts Endorsement from UNM/NMHU, and a Masters of Education in Special Education (EBD-Emotional Behavior Disorders) from Furman University.

Mrs. Azzarito is a proud mother of two grown children.

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Allison Bass

Teacher

Mrs. Bass always knew she wanted to be a teacher.  She began working with children while attending college in an after school program.  She studied elementary education and received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from The University of South Carolina Upstate. She then went on to teach at a private school in downtown Greenville for six classroom years. She also ran the after school program and worked in the front office for two years.  With the adoption of her daughter she spent time at home. She continued working as a substitute for Greenville County. Mrs. Bass then returned as a Reading Intervention teacher for eight years. She decided to homeschool her daughter to help accommodate her ADHD learning differences. When her daughter visited Einstein Academy she knew she had found the right school for her child’s educational needs.  Mrs. Bass has now returned to teaching here at Einstein Academy as the 6th grade substitute teacher.   

In her free time Mrs. Bass enjoys walking, reading mystery series, and watching movies. She lives on a mini farm in southern Greenville county with two horses, six cats and two dogs.

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Albie

Therapy Dog

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Mattie

Therapy Dog

Albert Einstein, "Albie," is a Standard Poodle and Einstein Academy's therapy dog. The official greeter, walker, sitter and friend to all, Albie's compassion is boundless. He offers it freely to his kids every day.

Mattison (Mattie), a Coton De Tulear, acts as Einstein Academy’s therapy dog. He is the official walker,  greeter, sitter, and friend to all as well as an excellent hall monitor!

He is on campus daily except on rainy days (he refuses to leave the house).