Our Team

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M.Ed. Educational Leadership Winthrop University B.S. Business Education Winthrop University

Beverly Meares, Coordinator/Principal

I am very excited to enter a new role this year as Coordinator/Principal of York One Academy.  I have over 25 years of experience in York School District One, having spent time at York Junior High, York Middle School, Cotton Belt Elementary, and now York One Academy.  I am a product of this school district and am very fortunate to serve the students and families of my home town. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Education from Winthrop University.  I also returned to Winthrop to earn my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.   

Our goal at YOA is to give students what they need to be successful at their home schools. Plain and simple…we care about each and every student.  Our dedicated staff meets weekly to provide services to both our students and their families. We believe in our District's mission and live it daily: to Learn, Serve, and Give as ONE! 

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M.A. Counseling Clinical Mental Health Concentration Webster University Post-Graduate Certificate in School Counseling Winthrop University B.S. Public Health Science Promotion and Education Concentration Clemson University

Adrienne Berry, Behavior Intervention Specialist

I am excited to join York One Academy this school year as the Behavior Intervention Specialist. My greatest joy is encouraging and supporting success in students. In my role, I strive to work collaboratively with students, families, and staff to provide additional social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral support.  

I strongly believe that every student has the ability to learn and grow in a safe, positive, and supportive environment where expectations are taught, modeled, and expected. I believe that every student deserves to be noticed (seen and heard), recognized, and celebrated. When students feel safe, share respect, build trusting relationships, and are recognized for their individual gifts, strengths, and unique abilities, they will reach their optimal learning capacities and potential. 

I look forward to working with our students and being a new addition to this amazing, impactful program!

Phone: 803-818-6318

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Degrees and Certifications:

M.Ed. Special Education Winthrop University B.S. Special Education Winthrop University

Betty Burrell, Special Education Teacher

I have been a teacher for 34 years. I received both my undergraduate and graduate special education degrees from Winthrop University. I have done many different types of work in my 34 years including classroom teaching, work at district office level special education services and serving as the Coordinator for Section 504. Since coming to York One School District in October of 2015, I have worked here at York One Academy. I love working with students and seeing how much they can grow academically and in their relationships with others. Watching students achieve, even if there are struggles, makes my work so very rewarding. It is always the little everyday things that make for big changes in students' lives, and I am privileged to be a part of these changes.   

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B.S. Elementary Education Kutztown University Middle Level English Certification University of Phoenix

Colleen Cottom, Transition Coordinator and ELA Intervention

Hello! I am the new Transition Coordinator at York One Academy. I look forward to working with the students in YSD1 as they transition into and out of the YOA Program. I have worked in YSD1 for 9 years! Prior to my new position, I taught 5th grade in Gaston County Schools, 5th through 8th grade ELA at York One Academy, and 6th grade ELA for the Virtual Program.  It is hard to believe this is my 20th year teaching!!!  

As the transition coordinator at YOA, I will work with students to provide behavior and academic interventions and create plans to help them have successful transitions back into the homeschool classrooms. I will continue to offer support after leaving the program and monitor the students for continued success both academically and behaviorally. I also coordinate with the teachers and administrators at each school when students enter and exit the program.

Phone: 803-818-6143

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Degrees and Certifications:

M.Ed. Counseling and Development Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration Winthrop University Post-Graduate Certificate in School Counseling Winthrop University SC Licensed Professional Counselor Associate B.A. Mathematics, Minor in Psychology

Corey Riley, School Counselor

I am excited to begin my fourth year in YSD1! This year, I am the new School Counselor at York One Academy and York Virtual Program. Prior to this year, I worked in our school district as a high school math teacher for both York One Academy and the York Virtual Program. Throughout my time in YSD1, I have collaborated with other schools and served on various district committees to advocate for my students. I currently serve on the district Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Committee and Health Advisory Committee.

I work with students at YOA to develop their academic, career planning, and social-emotional skills. I facilitate individual and group lessons that implement my comprehensive counseling curriculum, engage students in career exploration using SCOIS, monitor academic progress, serve as the program's 504 coordinator. I believe that every student has an innate ability to reach their maximum potential, and my passion is helping students find that ability within themselves. I am excited to work with your student and am available to support your child in any way I can! 

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SC Licensed Professional Counselor Associate National Certified Counselor Alcohol and Drug Counselor M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling South Carolina State University B.A. Child and Family Studies, Minor in Psychology Columbia College

Ashley Elkins, Mental Health Counselor

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Ashley Harris, Front Office and PowerSchool Clerk

Hi! I am Ashley Harris, the Powerschool Clerk/Bookkeeper here at YOA. I am excited as this is my first year at YSD1. I graduated from Clover High School (sorry Eagles my heart is with the Cougars now 😊).

You will typically see my face first when entering the office! I promise to always greet with a smile and treat the students here at YOA as if they were my own!

Outside of work you will typically see me supporting our Cougars on Friday nights and staying busy with my two kids!  I have a son who is 9 and a daughter that is 5 that keep me on my toes with Football and Dance.  

I look forward to many, many more years here at YSD1!

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Sari Pelkey

Computer Lab Learning Coach

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Dedric Anderson

Computer Lab Learning Coach

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Corporal Shane Bell, School Resource Officer