Teacher Bios

  • Heidi Abele (4K)

    I have worked at SAPK for 25 years in various areas. I worked in the Parent's Day Out Program, served as Director of PDO, and in the office.  I have taught 3K and 4K, and I was the 5K afternoon aid. I am from Kingsport, Tennessee. I have 4 sisters & 1 brother. I have been married to my husband, Chuck, for 37 years. We have 2 sons, Justin (30) & Carson (28). We have a daughter-n-law, Brandy & 2 grandchildren. We have lived in Scottsboro, Alabama & Aiken, SC. I like walking, reading, cooking & spending time at our lake house at Lake Murray.

  • Bambi Clark (2K)

    I'm Mrs. Clark in the Multi-Age Class at SAPK.  I've worked at SAPK for around 24 years.  I have a wonderful husband of 33 years.  I have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.  Working at SAPK is really fun and you never know what the children will say.  SAPK has wonderful loving teachers.

  • Carrie Brown (2K)

    Hello, my name is Carrie Brown. I am starting my fifth year here at SAPK. I am married to the man of my dreams, Travis, and have two handsome boys, Ty and Justin. My hobbies include riding motorcycles, watching movies, and going to the beach with my family.

  • Joni Comar (5K)

    After graduating with a BA in Elementary Education, I began my teaching career in a mobile unit with 32 fifth graders. Whew! I taught fifth grade for one year, and fourth grade for fifteen years. After the birth of my daughter, I took a few years off from the classroom. This is my eighth year at SAPK, and I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else! I’ve been married to my husband, Ray, for 20 years. We have two children, Braden (13) and Raina (10). I enjoy reading and going to Edisto Beach, my happy place. What team do I cheer for, you ask? Well… GO GAMECOCKS!

  • Mindy Hand (4K)

    My name is Mindy Hand and I am so excited to be teaching 4K at SAPK!  I have my elementary education degree with an emphasis in early childhood development and have many years experience in preschool and elementary schools from Boston to San Francisco.  Over the past few years I have substituted for teachers in the Aiken County School District.  I moved to Aiken six years ago with my family which includes my wonderful husband of 32 years and our son Charley who is currently a student at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  We also have furry family members including three dogs and five cats which adds to our joys, comforts, and chores every day.  I believe teaching is a responsibility and feel God has blessed me by bringing me SAPK!

  • Susie Gregory (Parents Day Out)

    This is my seventeenth year at SAPK. I've been married for 42 years. I have 3 cats and 1 dog. I have a degree in Phlebotomy Science from Aiken Tech, certified from the Board of Registry. My greatest joy has been the love from all the wonderful children and staff of SAPK. 

  • Cindy Hoepker (5K Aide)

    I moved to Aiken from California in 1992 with my husband and two boys. I joined SAPC and in 1995 began teaching in the PDO Program. I then moved to a 3K class where I have been teaching since. I enjoy reading, traveling and lying on a beach anywhere.

    Sent from a tropical island, in my mind...

  • Tara Heuberger (3 Plus)

    I have taught at SAPK for 3 years and have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.  I have a son, Tegan, who is in Kindergarten and have attended SAPK since he was in the Parent's Day Out program.  We have lived in Aiken for five years.  I grew up in Maryland and then lived in Colorado for nine years.  While in Colorado I went to Veterinary technician school and ran a business training ponies and teaching children to ride.  I have also taught children gymnastics and coached field hockey.  Children and ponies are my passion and I love that I am able to spend each day with both!

  • Cissy Kelley (Assistant Director)

    I was born and raised here in Aiken. I have a strong Aiken family history dating back seven generations. At an early age, I discovered a love for working with children. I began working in the St. Thaddeus nursery at eleven years old and babysitting for countless families. In my teens, I was a ballet dancer with the Aiken Civic Ballet. I have been working backstage with the children for Crosby-Miller Dance Studio performances for almost thirty years. My greatest accomplishment has been raising my three children, Andrew, Jessica and Anthony Williamson. My oldest attended SAPK in 1992. All three graduated kindergarten from SAPK.

  • Michelle Lorio (Director)

    I was born in Ohio but spent my formative years in Michigan and New Mexico as my family followed my father’s military career. I graduated from New Mexico State University with a B.A. in Government and Augusta State University with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. I have been married to my husband, Jamie, for 15 years. We have three children, Madelyn, Mason and Chase who fill every moment with joy, purpose and meaning. We are members of South Aiken Presbyterian Church. In my spare time (which there isn't much of with three small children) I enjoy traveling, reading, and playing outside with my kids. I am thrilled at the opportunity to serve as the Kindergarten Director and to be a part of the spiritual and academic growth of our students.

  • Gray Mole (4K)

    My name is Gray, and I am so excited and blessed to be apart of SAPK. I have been in education for 13 years. I graduated from the University of South Carolina with postgraduate work from USC, Converse College, and Liberty University. I am also trained in Handwriting Without Tears. My husband and I have five wonderful boys, so there is never a dull moment at our house. We love to have fun, travel, play sports, and be outside with our two dogs. I am always grateful for God's daily blessings. I am also thankful to share my joy for education and be apart of the foundation of growing minds. 

  • Marie Morgan (5K aide)

    My husband Paul and I have lived in Aiken for 28 years. We have two married children, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. My credentials include, Elementary teaching through the CDA (Child Development Associates) and two Associate Degrees in English and Early Childhood. I taught first grade and music in grades 5-8 for 2 years in Canada. I taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade for 10 years in California, and 10 years at Head Start in Washington Sate. After moving to Aiken I taught 5K at Stepping Stones and I served 3 years as the Curriculum Coordinator for Stepping Stones Play Center. I have been with the 5K Program at South Aiken Presbyterian Kindergarten for 17 years.

  • Cheri Nesbitt (4 Plus)

    I have been teaching for 16 years, 13 of those at SAPK. I love to encourage little ones to grow in spirit, mind and body. When I have free time I love to travel with my husband and read.

  • Holly Trumble (3K)

    I have been at SAPK for 17 years. I have been teaching in a 3K room for 15 years. After graduating from Virginia Tech, I married my college sweetheart, Fitz. We have 2 children, Alexis and Logan. They are both students at Clemson University. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, cooking, time at the beach, and relaxing with my house full of dogs and cats.

  • Sheri Workman (Parents Day Out)

    This is my sixth year at SAPK. I previously worked in another private school's MDO program with twelve years experience. So I have plenty of years working with children. I am originally from West Virginia. I graduated from Marshall University in 1980 with a B.S. Degree in Business Management/Recreation. I have lived in Aiken for thirty-one years with my husband Frank and our two children, Trey and Will.  My hobbies include reading, going to the movies, eating out, but most of all walking my Jack Russell terrier, J.R. (which everyone knows I'm crazy about).