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Ashleigh Erb

My name is Ashleigh Erb and I am thrilled to be part of the staff at Cotton Belt! There is no finer place to be! I am from Upstate, NY and have been in South Carolina since August 2013. I hold a Dual Masters in Education and Special Education and have taught both over the years. I have taught in York School District 1 since 2017! I love teaching the little ones and seeing the growth they make... their 'aha' moments are my personal favorite! 

Outside of school, I love spending time with my family and being a Mom. My husband Matt and I have one daughter, McKinleigh and lots of animals (dogs, cats, chickens!) 

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Amanda Gillespie

My name is Amanda Gillespie and I have been teaching at Cotton Belt Elementary since 2015.   While at Cotton Belt, I have taught Prek and first grade.  Prior to that I taught Kindergarten in a neighboring district.  I love teaching the “little” people!  I feel I learn just as much from them as they learn from me!  I enjoy watching them blossom throughout the year, as they move from pre-readers and writers to fluent readers and writers!!  

While not at school, I enjoy spending time together with my wonderful husband Ryan and our two kids, Zane and Paisley.  One of our favorite things to do as a family is vacation at the beach! We also love traveling to Columbia to cheer on the Carolina Gamecocks! 

Winthrop University- B.S. degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education

 

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Jessica Dover (Assistant)

I’m Jessica Dover and I began working at Cotton Belt in 2023. I started substituting at the beginning of the 2022 school and in less than half a year I knew this was the place for me! The children that cross my path touch me every day and I have learned so much from them.  I’m originally from Clover, SC and moved to York when I was 17 and graduated from Clover High School. I am so excited to further my education and career. 

In my spare time I love to spend time at the ball field with my family. I have three children; Carson, Peyton, and McKenzie.  My fur babies are my children too. I have a toy Australian Shepherd, Mazikeen, and my kitty, Rajah. We are also a split family, Clemson/Carolina fans, so of course game times are entertaining. Go Clemson!

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Erica Johnson

My name is Erica Johnson and I am so excited to be a part of the Cotton Belt Family! I previously taught in the Rock Hill School District as a kindergarten and first grade teacher. I received my undergrad degree from The University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!), and then received my Masters from Winthrop University in Literacy. 

In my spare time, you can find me outside with my husband Justin, and our two boys Crew and Tate. We love spending time on the lake, watching our Gamecocks play, or spending time with family. 

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Jessica Palermo

My name is Jessica Palermo and I have been teaching at Cotton Belt since 2023. Prior to teaching at CBES, I taught 4th grade at Chapel Grove Elementary in Gaston County, NC after receiving my undergraduate degree from Western Carolina University. I love incorporating songs, hand motions, chants, and silly stories into my lessons to get my students excited about learning! 

I am originally from Atlanta, but currently live in Clover with my husband, 2 children, 3 dogs, and our horse. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and fur children and shopping on Amazon for scented markers and erasable pens.