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.

  • Jennifer Culpepper (3 Plus)

    This is my second year working at SAPK and my first year as the 3 Plus teacher.  I am an artist by trade and value creativity and individuality.  I am so excited to work with my 3 Plus students this year!

  • Lauren Fulmer (Nursery)

    I am so excited to be working at SAPK this year. I have worked in child care since 2002, and then once we had our own children I became a stay at home mom. I love being around children of all ages! My husband and I have been married for 9 years and we have two children, Alice and Charlie. We also have two dogs, Dave and CJ, and a cat, Regis. We moved to Aiken in 2013 from Greenville, SC. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, watching movies, being outside, and we love to travel. I look forward to a great year at SAPK!

  • 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!

  • 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...

  • Alberta Johnson (4K )

    I am Alberta Johnson and I am so excited to embark on my first year of teaching 4K at SAPK! 

    My husband, Cliff, and I married in 1999 and we are blessed with three precious children (Traikon 16, Maryeli 11 and Elsie Mae 5) that fill our lives with purpose and bring us so much joy and love!   In addition to our children, we have two fur babies (Bailey and Adeline), who add to the frenzy, love and laughter in our home!  We enjoy riding our bikes, hiking, kayaking, swimming, family game nights, movies, roasting hot dogs and s’mores in our backyard, playing with our dogs, traveling, exploring, laughter, worship, fellowship and being with family! 

    My husband and I were born and raised in West Virginia and we still enjoy traveling those “ Country Roads ” back to “Almost Heaven” to see almost all of our family!  Life has allowed us the fulfilling experiences and adventures of calling Jacksonville, AL and Pueblo West, CO home.  In 2017, we felt God’s hand leading us to make our move to Aiken, SC with my husband’s work transfer and to call this our forever home. There is a piece of our hearts in every place we have called “home”!  We are grateful for it all and fortunate to be building our lives and raising our family here in beautiful Aiken! 

    I earned my Bachelor Degree with a Major in Education and a Minor in Psychology and I am also a licensed Real Estate Agent.  However, being a wife and mother are my greatest accomplishments!   I have worked in a variety of capacities, gaining a plethora of knowledge and experiences through the years!  God has paved the path for me to teach your little ones and I take this responsibility knowing that I am called to do so with the love and compassion He calls on us to exhibit as Christians.  I am honored with this opportunity and I look forward to a fun-filled year of learning and growth!  

  • 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 16 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.

  • Cherie Maivelett (2K)

    I am originally from Baltimore, Maryland but have lived with my family in Aiken for the last 30 years. My husband, Vince and I have been married for 37 years. We have five children ranging from 19 to 30.  All of them attended SAPK over the years. I have worked at SAPK in different capacities since 1997.  I have had the pleasure of working in PDO, substituting in all classrooms, being an assistant floater, and teaching a 3K class for five years. I’m looking forward to this coming year and having the opportunity to work with my 2 1/2 K class.

  • Brandi Moore (Nursery)

    I am the mother of two little boys who are 3 and 4 years old.  This is my second year at SAPK.  I enjoy watching and helping the kids learn.  For fun I love to spend time with my family and friends.

  • Randi Morrison (4K)

    This is my second year teaching 4K at SAPK.  I have been working with children throughout my professional career.  I am a certified therapist and spent many year working for Just Kids Therapy Services, Inc.  I am looking forward to getting to know my students and being a part of the academic journey. 

  • 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.

  • Debralyn Pryor (5K)

    My name is Debralyn Pryor and 2019-2020 will be my first year teaching 5K at SAPK.  My educational background includes 20+ years experience teaching in public education in California.  I hold both a K-12 credential (BS) as well as a special education credential (MS) and have taught students from kindergarten to age 22.  My husband and I moved to Aiken from California in 2013 to be nearer to family.  My daughter's family lives in Aiken and my son's family lives in New York.  Besides my love of teaching I also enjoy spending time with family, reading, knitting, and the beach.

  • 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 (Nursery)

    This is my ninth 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).