OUR AMAZING TEAM

GREEN School Team

y2John Ozer - Upper School Principal

It is a privilege and honor to serve as Upper School Principal at GREEN Charter School. I started my education journey in 1998 as a science teacher and taught different science courses in various schools. I will be starting my 13 years as a principal in 2021-2022 SY. The last two years were very challenging, but we proved that GREEN has the most resilient teachers, students, and parents. I love working at GREEN and seeing the enthusiasm and passion for learning in our students' eyes every morning. I have been married for 19 years and have a daughter and a son. I enjoy traveling in the South and exploring the small towns and nature besides watching soccer games as a Chelsea fan. Students, a fantastic school year is waiting for you!

 


y2Lenette Hernandez - Upper School Assistant Principal

After graduating from Florida International University's College of Arts and Sciences, I earned my professional teaching certificate and became an educator in 2000. Since then, I have taught Language Arts at both the middle and high school levels as well as electives such as Public Speaking and Journalism.

In addition to my role as an educator, I have participated in multiple collaborations including school improvement committees, reaccreditation teams, curriculum design groups, and served as the lead teacher within the English department.

During the ten years I spent at my previous school, my status as a veteran educator enabled me to guide new teachers through the joys and challenges of the profession as well as build camaraderie amongst our colleagues and the students we served.

I joined GREEN Charter in 2015 when my family and I decided to relocate to South Carolina. After four years as an English teacher at GREEN, I earned my Masters in Educational Administration and Leadership, I transferred out of the classroom and joined the administrative team at the Upper School.

 


y2Renae Cutts, Secretary

I have 2 children that attend GREEN, a 10th grader and a 6th grader. This will be my 3rd year working at the upper campus. I enjoy interacting with our students, they make each day fun and exciting! My background is in accounting and I love to travel, swim, and read. I am looking forward to an exciting year!

 

 


y2Cori Walter - College Counselor

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and Social Sciences from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. I went to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida to earn my Master of Liberal Studies. Between those two degrees I joined the United States Peace Corps and served for over 2 years in Azerbaijan as a college instructor. I have been in education and college counseling for over 20 years and I'm still loving it!

 

 


y2Eve Katzen - PE Teacher

I am a CrossFit Level II Trainer, CrossFit Kids Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and Certified Health Coach. Coach K has been teaching CrossFit for seven years and has a passion for adolescent health and wellness. She was a Division 1 softball player and graduated with a BA from Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

 

 


y2Lauren Barth - Curriculum Coach

I've spent the past 7 years teaching social studies (everything from 7th grade social studies to AP European History). I'm extremely excited to move into the role of Academic Coach for the 2021-22 school year!

 

 


y2Jo Calvez - Robotics Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education, Science Teaching - Clemson; Associate of Applied Science, Electronics Engineering Technology - Spartanburg Tech; Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering - Clemson; Master of Science, Electrical Engineering - University of Tennessee, Knoxville;

 

 


y2Susan I. Johnson - English and Law Studies Teacher

I attended Trinity College near Chicago, earning degrees in both English and History. After college, I went to law school at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, earning a Juris Doctorate degree. After practicing law for 27 years in Florida and South Carolina, I was given the opportunity to change careers and taught English, Government and Economics at the Montessori School of Anderson for nine years. The 21/22 school year marks my third year at GREEN Charter School. I teach AP English Literature and Composition, English III, and Law Education.

 

 


y2Kelli Anderson - ELA Teacher

I am the 7th grade ELA teacher here at GREEN. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, I sought an opportunity to expand my education and soccer career at a private college in Iowa called Wartburg College. After undergrad, I accepted a 7th and 8th grade teaching position with a small school district near where I attended college. While in Iowa, I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with my master’s degree in Teaching English in Secondary Schools. I knew I wanted to make Greenville my new home after visiting my sister, who moved to the area years prior. This will be my ninth year teaching and fifth year teaching and coaching at GREEN. I look forward to sharing my passion for the English language!

 

 


y2Yuksel Sonmez - Science Teacher

I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this family since 2014. I have an adorable family with three boys. In the twenty-sixth year of my education life, I feel excited like a young friend who has just started teaching. I will continue to do my best to strengthen the environment of trust and love, which is one of the most striking features of the GREEN Charter school.

 

 


y2Heather Fortson - Science Teacher

I am excited to start my 3rd year teaching Upper-Level Science at GREEN Charter School. This will be my 10th year as a full-time educator. During my years as an educator, I have always been actively involved with the school, my students, and bettering myself as an educator. I have trained at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in San Francisco and Boeing Observatory in Columbia, SC. In addition, I attended Roper Mountain Science Center's Science Plus Institute for Astronomy and Chemistry. In 2018, I was nominated as a Golden Apple Teacher by Wyff News 4. In the past, I have served on the Math and Science Textbook Adoption Committee and as Team Leader for my grade level. This year I will serve as the Science Department Head for GREEN Charter's Upper School campus. I am excited for this opportunity and the opportunity to introduce the students to the wonders of Science.

 

 


y2April Jennings - Art Teacher

This will be my fifth year teaching art and my first year at Head of the Fine Arts Department! I graduated from Converse College in 2017 with my BA in Art Education and am currently taking classes to recieve my Masters by the end of 2022. I have two cats, Lumen and Boris, and a husband, Kyle, at home. I am very excited for this year and look forward to helping students find their creative side!

 

 


y2Ozgur Eren - Foreign Language Teacher

I am very excited to be part of such a successful school and a wonderful team. I attended Osh State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and Master Degree in foreign languages. I am very passionate in showing students the benefits of learning German and Turkish and familiarizing themselves with new cultures.  I started to study German in Middle School and was able to become fluent through my studies over a six year time-frame. I encourage my students to embrace foreign language study as it can enhance any career path they may choose.  I taught in Turkey for 15 years before moving to Greenville in 2017. This year I will be teaching 7th, 8th, 9th grade at Green. I am looking forward to working with those students who would like to learn German and Turkish. I look forward to working with my students this year and the adventures that await us!

 

 


y2Timothy Watts - History Teacher

I'm excited to be in my seventh professional year of teaching secondary education with GREEN Charter Schools. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from North Greenville University, and a Masters of Arts degree in History from Texas A&M University. I have researched and published several academic articles on a variety of historical and pedagogical topics with the American Historical Association, Oral History Association, and the Western Historical Association. My current areas of academic interest include U.S. History, Human and World Geography, and American Pop. Culture. When I'm not in the classroom I can usually be found spending time with my family, reading a good book, or catching a ball game.

 

 


y2Samuel Borgognoni - Math Teacher

My name is Sam Borgognoni (Bor-guh-no-knee), and I am supper excited to join the family here at GREEN Charter Schools! In the summer of 2019 I moved here from Griffin, Georgia to the lovely Greenville, SC with my beautiful wife of 7 years (Laura), my precious little 5 year old girl (Rosie), my mighty son 10 months (Robin) and two pups (Addie and Noah). I graduated from Georgia Gwinnett College with a BA in Mathematics with teachers certification and have taught at the high school level for 7 years from sections ranging from Algebra 1 to Calculus and STEM. I'm looking forward for a great new school year!

 

 


y2Jessica Blume - PE Teacher

Graduated from GTCHS in 2011. Moved onto studying Physical Education at Charleston Southern University, class of 2015. I began teaching in North Charleston right away where I stayed at a Title 1 high school for 4 years. I also began my coaching career there in both varsity softball and varsity volleyball. After deciding to be closer to family, I then began teaching in Spartanburg District 7 and continued coaching there as well. I have helped develop and build programs that were once overlooked, but are now thriving and competitive programs that many in their respective regions are taking seriously. I am looking forward to working and growing the physical education and athletic programs at GREEN - Go Owls!

 

 


y2Paula Pavone - Science Teacher

I have been teaching high school science for 12 years and I am extremely excited to be starting my first year at Green Charter Upper school. I am from Fort Lauderdale, Florida where I completed my Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Biotechnology from FAU and a Master of Science at NSU. I love science and being able to share my knowledge with my students is my craft. I am passionate about delivering science education that includes lessons, labs and hand on activities to develop language, logic, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in the classroom with real life applications.

 

 


y2Angelica Camargo - Foreign Language Teacher

Hello! For the last 4 years I have had the pleasure of teaching Spanish and Hispanic culture to young minds in Greenville. I lived for many years in Colombia S.A, and later decided to bring the language and culture back with me. I have fulfilled most of my teaching experience at GREEN Charter School, while teaching levels I, II, and III. Furthermore, I am extremely excited to add Spanish III Honors, as well as AP Spanish and Culture this coming year to my professional experience. I also enjoy interpreting for our GREEN Spanish speaking families, as I am a certified Professional Interpreter in Education. My teaching approach is simple, and is based on natural language acquisition processes. I honestly believe that any language is learned in a similar way in which we acquire our first language. I love being part of the GREEN family, not only as an educator, but as a mother, all 3 of my children attend GREEN, and recently my oldest graduated in the class of 2021. I can not wait, for the school year to come, in order to continue spreading the knowledge of my Hispanic culture and the Spanish language.

 

 


y2Ian S. Bruce - ELA and Drama Teacher

Hailing from the First State, a.k.a. Delaware, who moved down to Greenville, South Carolina to see what this Southern Hospitality is all about ... and to get as far away from snow as I can. I graduated from the University of Delaware (Go Blue Hens!) with a B.A. in Secondary English Education. I have taught 10th grade for a year and been teaching 8th for the last three. This is my first year at GREEN Charter, and as a product of the Charter school system, I am a VERY excited to start my journey here. I know the educational discipline that goes into schools like this and I am ready to continue that with my future students. A few things to know about me: I am an avid reader. So much so, my fiance and I have our own book club that we do together. I own every Stephen King book in print and read anything that makes me scared of every bump in the night. I am a horror cinephile. I watch about 3-4 horror movies a week. Coffee is my blood stream.

 

 


y2Jamie Macdonald - History Teacher

I have been teaching AP US History, US Government & Constitution, Economics, and Current Events at GREEN Charter for the past three years. I am also the boy's soccer coach and organizer of the GREEN Charter Cup. I have been teaching in Greenville for the past six years after relocating from Atlanta.

 

 


y2Rebecca Beckum - English Teacher

After graduating from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 2004, Ms. Beckum has built an interesting resume as an educator spending over the past sixteen years teaching English, ESL, Art, Music and Drama to grades K-12. She finds teaching to be an extremely rewarding job and is passionate about education. She has spent time over a decade teaching overseas in Asia, Latin America, North Africa, and The Middle East because she is interested in cross cultural exchange and because we are living in a global society. Her overseas work has allowed her to grow both personally and professionally. Ms. Beckum enjoys being a part of the nonprofit sector and giving back to the community while being an advocate for the future of our community. She believes in inspiring global citizens that are adaptable and navigate the classroom and life with confidence and resilience. She strives to create a Mindful classroom that cultivates the creative process, fuels curiosity, and encourages ambition. Ms. Beckum enjoys writing, nature, living a healthy lifestyle and is a lifelong student who is currently contiuing her education in order to be able to serve her classroom and community with a greater understanding and depth.

 

 


y2Ahmet Andac - Science Teacher

This will be my second year with GREEN family. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, and I have been teaching for 17 years in 5 different countries. Before Greenville I was teaching in Indiana. I have participated in many International Science Fairs like ISEF, GENIUS, ISWEEEP and I was part of the GREEN Science Olympiad Team this year. My wife Arzu and I have three daughters, ages 10,8,8. Yes, we have twins! and two cats!! I love traveling, playing volleyball and chess. I am looking forward to meeting with my students in person. Aaand Gooo GREEN!

 

 


y2Larissa Lasseter - Math Teacher

My name is Larissa Lasseter and I'm from Columbia, South Carolina. I earned my Bachelors of Science with a major in Mathematics and minors in Secondary Education and Psychology from Presbyterian College in the upstate. I am currently working on a Masters in Mathematics from Emporia State. After graduating, I taught for 6 years in Columbia. I love the upstate, and am excited for my first year with GREEN this year!

 

 


y2Jessicca Henderson - Music Teacher

I am Jessicca Henderson and this will be my second year at Green Charter teaching music. I have a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Converse College and an Associates Degree in the Arts from Spartanburg Methodist College. I have taught in the classroom and studio setting for 8 years. I look forward to a great year.

 

 


y2Jennifer Scarbrough - Special Eduation Teacher

This will be ninety year teaching in the United States. I also have two years of teaching experience in the Kingdom of Tonga from when I was in the Peace Corps. I love working with students with special needs, and for the past several years, I have enjoyed teaching Inclusion Math.

 

 


y2Angelique Piotrowsky - Math Teacher

This year marks my 14th year as a math teacher. It is also my 5th year here at GREEN as both an educator and parent. I graduated from Lander University with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics with Secondary Certification in 2008. I was named Secondary Student Teacher of the Year during my senior year there. I am looking forward to another awesome year here at GREEN.

 

 


y2Shea Farrell - Social Studies Teacher

Hey everyone! My Name is Shea Farrell and I will be teaching 7th grade Social Studies as well as Model U.N. and Youth in Government this year. I have experience teaching Middle School Social Studies as well as High School English! I am originally from California but have lived in 7 different states! This will be my second year teaching as I am a recent Graduate from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. I have my Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a Minor in Business Administration and have a Master’s of Science in Secondary Education. I belong to the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honors Society and love to learn! I have experience playing football at the college level and now coach. My wife and I have been living in Greenville for almost three years now, and have a dog named Maizy! I look forward to an exciting year, filled with learning and of course, some fun!

 

 


y2Ayse Polat - Computer Teacher

I have been part of the GREEN Charter family since the first day of school in 2013. I am excited to begin another great year full of joy and success at GREEN Charter School. It is a pleasure to be part of this great family at GREEN. I have my Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering and my Master’s in Education from Coastal Carolina University. This year, I will be teaching AP Computer Science, Web Design and Image Editing. I am very excited that I will be sharing all my knowledge and skills with such outstanding groups of students who are very eager and enthusiastic to learn.

 

 


y2Crystal Hughes - Computer Teacher

I am so excited to be part of the Green Charter Family. A little info about me: I graduated from Central Michigan University, have two children ages 14 and 11, lover of animals and all things outdoors. Certified PLTW in Cybersecurity. I teach 7/8 Google Basics, Intro to Business and Cybersecurity.