Meet Our Team
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.
Early Drop Off/Late Stay Coordinator
Christiana Stogner earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development/Psychology at Ferrum College and her Master’s Degree in Education from Old Dominion University. She leads the after-school program, and tutors reading using the Orton-Gillingham method. She has been with Einstein Academy for five years. She and her husband Dan are blessed with two wonderful children. Mrs. Stogner also owns Einstein Academy's amazing therapy dog, Albie, who attends school every day. Albie loves “his” kids!
Teacher, Physical Education
Caleb Avery is a lifelong resident of Greenville. Coach Avery attended USC Upstate, studying Finance. He is currently pursuing a BA in Education. He serves as the Assistant Coordinator of Adult/Youth Ministry at the AYMC of First Baptist Church, Greenville, and the program director of 3 the Hard Way Basketball Academy. Coach Avery leads both the Einstein Academy basketball team and the intramural soccer club. He also teaches physical education and works with the after-school program. Coach Avery’s work ethic, moral character and passion for fitness, health and wellness of the body, mind and spirit positively influences all with whom he works.
Teacher, 4th Grade
Nancy Barker graduated from Converse College with a degree in Comprehensive Special Education in 1981, and has been in the education field since. Mrs. Barker has taught behavioral management classes at a pre-school level, learning disabilities at a junior high level, and everything in between. This is her fourth year at Einstein Academy as the fourth-grade teacher. She brings much experience and a love of teaching special needs students. Visit Mrs. Barker's class page
Teacher, 5th Grade
Lisa Sandlin begins her second year at Einstein Academy. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Southern Wesleyan University and earned her Master's in special education from Liberty University. As a parent of two children with learning disabilities, Mrs. Sandlin understands the challenges parents face. She is passionate about education, and works to create a nurturing academic environment for all of her students.
Visit Mrs. Sandlin's class page
Teacher, 6th Grade
Denean Garcia is now very happy to call herself a South Carolinian. She has lived and taught all over the country from Georgia to California to Virginia to New York (and then some).
She graduated with a bachelor’s in education from Clemson University and then received a master’s from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta GA. Her education continued with a focus on Special Education at California State University, just outside of San Francisco. Mrs. Garcia has taught for 34 years in the public, private, tutoring, Christian and home schooling sectors of education.
She has worked with all ages and levels from preschool to SAT prep classes. Her wide-ranging experiences help her bring many diverse strategies to the classroom. Mrs. Garcia’s one longstanding belief is that all children can learn, and it is her job to figure out the best method to teach them.
Denean and her husband have two adult children; one is a recent graduate of VMI and the other a current student at Clemson University. They enjoy hiking and exploring their new home state, reading, spending time with family, and cheering on the Tigers!
Teacher, 6th Grade
With more than 35 years of experience teaching individuals affected by developmental disabilities, Mary Worley has a degree in Special Education from East Tennessee State University. She completed her board-certified Behavior Analysis graduate studies at the University of North Texas. During her career as an educator, Mrs. Worley developed and supervised an In-Home ABA program for individuals affected by Autism, and was a Supervisor of Instruction at a school for individuals with Developmental Disabilities/Autism. She has taught in both self-contained and inclusion classrooms in varied settings, and has a passion to teach students to understand their learning differences and learn how to learn.
Teacher, 7th Grade
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
Teacher, 7th Grade
Beth Fleming has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Bob Jones University. She is starting her 18th year teaching, and has taught primary and secondary special needs education, in public, private and home-school environments. Ms. Fleming is trained in Orton-Gillingham language instruction and the Math-U-See curriculum. Originally from Michigan, she has lived in South Carolina since 1989. Ms. Fleming has four children. She enjoys hiking, gardening and the great outdoors.
Teacher, 8th Grade
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.
Teacher, 8th Grade
Lucy Carter Ault is a native Greenvillian. She graduated from Converse College with a Bachelor of Arts in special education. She holds two Master's degrees: one from Clemson University in elementary education with a concentration in special education, and a second from Furman University, in school leadership. Mrs. Ault has 33 years of experience in special education and counseling, and is Orton-Gillingham trained. She loves spending time with her family, two dachshunds, as well as reading and gardening.
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.