About Our School

Meet Our Staff

Leverage the Support of Expert Staff and Licensed Teachers

Carolus Online Academy (COA) has a hand–picked expert staff and licensed teachers, ready to help your family succeed with online school. We meet your student where they’re at and help them accomplish their goals.

Jo Blanding | Elementary Teacher photo

Mrs. Blanding is excited to be working for Carolus Online Academy this school year as an elementary teacher! This will be her seventh year teaching 1st grade. She enjoys impacting the littles and laying the foundation of their education. Her philosophy is to differentiate her instruction to meet every child’s needs and make learning fun. Mrs. Blanding has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Lander University and a master’s degree from Clemson University in teaching and learning, emphasizing experiential learning for early childhood. She is certified to teach grades pre-kindergarten to 3rd grade. Mrs. Blanding looks forward to getting to know her students and their families this school year! In her free time, she likes to travel and spend time with her family and friends.


Tamika Cleckley | Registrar photo

Mrs. Cleckley is from Columbia, South Carolina. She registers students and obtains any records for student success at COA. She began working in education in 2015. This school year will be eight years of working as a school registrar. Mrs. Cleckley enjoys watching and playing sports, spending time with her family and friends, and traveling. Her favorite saying is: Only Believe.


Ashley Floyd | Elementary Teacher photo

Ms. Floyd will be a teacher this year at Carolus Online Academy. She attended Francis Marion University and obtained her Bachelor of Science in early childhood education. This school year marks her fourth year teaching. Her vision is to challenge students to reach their full potential and build a foundation for lifelong learning. Ms. Floyd believes that every child deserves an education that facilitates academic, developmental, and social growth in a variety of experiences. She plans to motivate, encourage, and support students while identifying areas of growth and development. She’s looking forward to a fun school year full of new experiences, passions, and discoveries in our virtual classroom! Ms. Floyd enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and dog outside of school.


Heather Fultz | Elective Teacher photo

Mrs. Fultz is a proud graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned her degree in music education. This is her 14th year in the teaching profession. Throughout her career, she’s been privileged to teach various subjects, including instrumental music, general music, and choral music. Switching from brick-and-mortar school to online will allow for more dynamic and engaging content integration. Mrs. Fultz is excited to share her passion for the arts with all her students to enable them to express themselves through different creative outlets. She’s also looking forward to tailoring her teaching approach to meet the individual needs of each student, fostering personalized learning and growth. Music is her passion; she plays many different instruments, but her principal instrument is French horn. Mrs. Fultz also loves riding and showing horses and shares a passion for travel with her husband.


Marci Garcia | Early Childhood Teacher photo

Ms. Garcia is excited to be an early childhood teacher for Carolus (COA). She cannot wait to meet her “sweet school babies,” their families, and their Learning Coaches. Ms. Garcia’s undergraduate degree is in art and mass communications. Not long after graduating college, she found herself in a teaching assistant position, where she discovered her passion for educating young children. She now has a master’s degree and initial teaching certification in early childhood education. Ms. Garcia has more than 16 years of experience as an educator, and this will be her fourth year teaching virtually. Her first “school babies” have already graduated college and started careers and families of their own. It means the world to her that she feels like she was a part of that.


Angela Jones-Howze | Operations Manager photo

Mrs. Jones-Howze is a veteran educator with 28 years of experience ranging from tutoring to teaching to administration. Her professional experience includes serving as a classroom teacher and an administrator in a brick-and-mortar environment. Mrs. Jones-Howze has also worked as a virtual educator in various capacities for 10 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in early childhood education, a second master’s in education administration, and a doctorate in organizational leadership. She is excited to be a part of the awesome Carolus family!


Niki Kayser | Community Engagement Specialist photo

This is Mrs. Kayser’s seventh year in education, and she cannot wait to connect with you and your family. Mrs. Kayser obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from West Virginia University and her master’s degree in school counseling from Capella University. She is excited to transition into this new role as a community engagement specialist and use the skills that her previous experiences in counseling have given her. Mrs. Kayser’s goal is to help foster a sense of community and act as a liaison between COA and families. Her mission is to continue building positive relationships and ensuring everyone feels heard and supported. Outside of work, she enjoys making memories with her family!


Becca Lewis | 6–8 Special Educator photo

Ms. Lewis provides academic support to help students with disabilities reach their full potential in an online educational platform. Her philosophy is that every student is capable of success and deserves the opportunity to be successful in their own way. This school year marks Ms. Lewis’s eighth year in education and a return to teaching on a middle school level after spending the past several years at the high school level in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from USC Upstate. Her mission is to provide students with the strategies needed for independence and success in an ever-changing world. Ms. Lewis enjoys travelling with her husband and playing video games outside work.


Demi McGloin | Career Exploration Teacher photo

Mrs. McGloin is a dedicated career exploration teacher. This is her 10th year as a teacher and her third year as a career exploration teacher! She is excited to teach at COA this school year because she will have the unique opportunity to inspire and empower students to reach their full potential. Mrs. McGloin believes that learning should be a journey of discovery, and she’s eager to guide her students. She looks forward to building solid relationships with her students this upcoming year and cannot wait for their adventures together. During her free time, she enjoys reading, watching TV, and spending time with her family.


Patricia Miles | Middle School ELA Teacher photo

Ms. Miles is COA’s middle school ELA teacher. She’s going into her fifth year of teaching, and she’s excited to be teaching at COA! Ms. Miles earned her degree from the University of South Carolina. She is certified to teach English and social studies, and teaching ELA is her passion. She loves to read, and her goal is to help her students find their love of reading too. Ms. Miles is looking forward to meeting all the new middle school students, and she thinks it will be a fantastic year of virtual learning!


Amanda Wilson | School Counselor photo

Mrs. Wilson’s role at COA includes counseling and providing preventive services to promote students’ academic, career, and personal and social development. This school year marks her 17th year in the field of education. She earned her master’s degree in school counseling from East Carolina University and a master’s in leadership from the University of South Carolina. Mrs. Wilson’s education and experience have taught her the value of advocating for students and collaborating with teachers, parents, and administrators to support the success of all learners. She aims to empower students with the tools and resources they need to succeed while fostering an inclusive learning environment where every student feels respected and supported. Outside work, Mrs. Wilson enjoys spending time with her family and their rescue dog.


Miss Morman has been an educator for eight years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina Upstate. She taught third grade for three years in Athens, GA before obtaining a Masters in Reading with dyslexia certification from Sam Houston State University. Miss Morman transitioned into the role of interventionist serving fourth and fifth grades in reading and math and served as a dyslexia interventionist in Houston, TX. She is a certified dyslexia therapist that is passionate about making learning accessible for all. Miss Morman is currently working on a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Southern University. Miss Morman enjoys reading, traveling, and crafting. She is excited to be part of the Carolus team supporting teachers and students in best reading practices


Mrs. Tracey Lee is the Testing Coordinator for COA. She was born and raised on the island of Trinidad and has always been passionate about education with both her mom and grandmother being educators. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Claflin University. Her career in education includes six years of teaching all subjects in 2nd and 3rd grade and one year serving as a School Level technologist. She enjoys spending time with her husband and stepdaughter watching basketball (Go Lady Gamecocks!), playing video games, and travelling.


Kelsey Linares

Hello! I am Kelsey Linares, the new fourth grade teacher for Carolus Online Academy. I have a bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University, and I have taught for 4 years in a brick-and-mortar school. This is my first-time teaching virtually, and I am excited to explore a whole new way of helping students learn and grow. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my two year old daughter, my husband, and our dog, lucky.


Olivia Plenty photo

Ms. Olivia Planty is COA’s middle school math teacher, an inspiring educator originally from New England. Olivia has always been passionate about science and nature, which led her to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bridgewater State University. Later, she pursued her Montessori Secondary Certification from Houston Montessori and has been in education for eight years now. During her teaching career, she has taught math and science, and she loves to help students build connections and confidence through their learning. When she’s not teaching, you can find her at the beach, gardening, cooking or spending quality time with her husband and rescue dog. Olivia’s mission is to inspire her students to love math and make connections with the world around them.