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Rachel Greer

My name is Rachel Greer and I have taught kindergarten, second grade, and four-year-old kindergarten. I currently teach 4K at Cotton Belt. I got my Bachelor's degree from Winthrop University in 2006 in Early Childhood Education. I got my Master’s Degree in Divergent Learning from Columbia College in 2012. I am also certified to teach Gifted and Talented, Early Childhood Special Education, and certified to be a Literacy Coach.

I am also a wife and mom. In my spare time, I love to read books, watch movies, and watch TV shows. My favorite place to visit is the beach. I love to teach and watch students learn! Laying the foundation of their educational journey is my pleasure and I look forward to the year to come!  

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Stephanie Balko (Assistant)

My name is Stephanie Balko. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Cotton Belt Elementary School family. In 2008 I obtained my Early Childhood credentials and since then I have taught at local childcare facilities. Making my way into the school district has always been a dream of mine and I could not be happier with where I have landed!

When I'm not at school I enjoy time with my family and our two German Shepherds. We enjoy trips to the beach and spending endless amounts of hours out on the lake . 

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Sharon McNie

My name is Sharon McNie and I have taught at the prekindergarten level for over 20 years. I have been the lead pre-kindergarten teacher at Cotton Belt Elementary since 2017. I obtained my early childhood degree from Eastern Michigan University. I was a competitive gymnast all through college and today I still coach competitive gymnastics. I like to bring basic gymnastics skills into the classroom to help build strength, coordination, and confidence. Providing a positive and enriched environment in which young children can thrive on is my passion and mission.  

After raising five children, I now get the honor of being a grandparent. When I am not playing with the grandbaby, I enjoy paddle boarding, the beach, and playing with my dogs.   

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Wendy Stephenson (Assistant)

My name is Wendy Stephenson. I have been employed with CBES since 2018 as a pre-Kindergarten teacher assistant. I am credentialed in Early Childhood Education. Prior to teaching, I was a registered Radiological Technician and a Fitness Instructor. My certifications were all obtained at York Technical College.

I am a mother of three boys and enjoy introducing 4 and 5 yr. olds to the classroom setting for the first time. My passion is helping to mold and shape our future generations to be successful and caring adults. 

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Melinda Chappell-Bursey

My name is Melinda Bursey and I have been at Cotton Belt since 2018. I have worked with young learners with special needs since I started my career in 1996. Prior to starting at Cotton Belt, I worked in the BabyNet early intervention program in SC. I love special education and everything about it! I enjoy watching how my students reach their milestones and the independence they gain throughout the year. I feel Special Education is truly the most rewarding place to teach!

I live in York with my husband. I am from Rock Hill but have lived in York since 2007. I enjoy reading, shopping and spending time at my 2nd home in the mountains of Maggie Valley, NC. I love going to the mountains! I also enjoy spending time with my family. I went back and got my MAT in Special Education from Winthrop University and this will be my first year as the teacher in the classroom and school I love!

Winthrop University – Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and MAT in Special Education 


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Joyce Ellingson (Assistant)

My name is Joyce Ellingson. I graduated from Clover High in 1976, earned my B.S. in Art Education from the University of South Carolina in 1981 and with a minor in Sculpture, promptly followed my dream of becoming a Glassblower in Colorado.

After twenty-five years in the Glassblowing field I was able to follow my second career passion and became an educator of Pre-K and Preschool age students.

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Jennifer Harris (Assistant)

My name is Jennifer Harris. I was born and raised in York, South Carolina and graduated from York Comprehensive High School in 1998. My husband Chris and I have one daughter, Jenna.  I started pursuing my dream job in 2018 working in the Special Education program here at York School District One.

In my spare time I enjoy working in my yard, lying by the pool, watching a good movie and most of all spending time with my family. I am extremely excited to be part of the Cotton Belt family.

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Vicki Wood (Assistant)

My name is Vicki Wood and I have been an assistant at Cotton Belt Elementary since 2014.  Both of my children went to Cotton Belt and I got to know many of the teachers through volunteering there.  When I was offered a position, I jumped at the chance to work at Cotton Belt.  There is not a better place for children to receive an education with loads of caring, nurturing, and fun thrown in as well.