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JARRIKA COUTCHURE

Founder, Principal

Jarrika Coutchure graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science with minors in Geology and Secondary Education. She continued her education and earned a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction and plans to continue to earn her Ph.D. Jarrika has worked in education related fields for 14 years and truly enjoys working with children of all ages and learning styles.

Jarrika has a son and a step-daughter with her husband. In her free time, she enjoys coaching and playing coed softball with her husband. She also enjoys singing in the praise team at church with her father and spending as much time as possible with her very large family. She is one of seven children, which she believes helped lead her to the path of education.

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BRUCE VINSON

Assistant Principal

Bruce Vinson is a native of Waxhaw, North Carolina and a member of Marvin AME Zion Church. He graduated from Sun Valley High School in 1981 and joined the United States Army soon after graduation in 1981. He received certification as an Army Instructor through Cadet Command in 2004. He earned an Associates in General Studies and Criminal Justice from Central Texas College and a Masters of Arts in Human Services with a minor in Executive Leadership from Liberty University.


After retiring from the military in 2004, he accepted a JROTC position at Anson High
School in Wadesboro, North Carolina for a period of six years. Afterward he accepted another JROTC position in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools as a JROTC Instructor at Garinger High School. Throughout his teaching career he has educated students in life skills, career and college ready programs, use of technology, as well as counseled students on their pathway to success. He also mentored new teachers and served on numerous school committees.

BRITTANY ZESSIN

Administrative Assistant

Brittany Zessin was born and raised in Fort Mill, SC. After graduating high school in 2007, she attended York Technical College where she graduated with a certificate in Dental Assisting. She worked as a Dental Assistant for 10 years where she was able to work hands on with the Doctor and build lasting relationships with patients. 

 

She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 9 years and together they have a sweet little girl. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading and spending time with family and friends.

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LISA WAKEFIELD

Student Mentor, Art Teacher, Elective Teacher

Lisa Wakefield has been teaching for over 25 years and has a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education and a Master’s in Eductional Counseling. She also has a teaching certification in Montessori for Elementary.

 

She has been married to her husband for over 25 years and they have three wonderful children together. Lisa and her husband moved to North Carolina the summer of 2015 form Arizona and recently relocated to Fort Mill, South Carolina.

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LAUREN SHIRKEY

Lower Elementary Teacher

Lauren was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. After graduating high school, she went to Gardner-Webb University and graduated with a BS in Elementary Education in 2012. She worked with children from birth to 5 years old in the preschool setting after graduating college. In 2015, Lauren began working for CMS, staying with them for 5 years. In her time at CMS she taught 1st, 4th, and 5th grade. She was also accepted into the Teacher-Leadership Pathway while working for CMS, which is a program for teachers with a history of high student impact. She continues this passion of striving to reach every student and give them an equitable, rigorous, and comprehensive education here at Marvin Academy. 

 

Lauren has two cats, Chris Harrison and Leo, and a corgi named Lucy James. When not watching Netflix and relaxing with her fur babies, Lauren enjoys spending time with family or participating in game nights with friends. 

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KRISTIN SANDAU

Lower Elementary Teacher

Kristin has been married to her husband for 8 years and she has 2 children, aged 13 and 18. Her husband is a firefighter for the city of Rock Hill and they are both very active in their church. Kristin has worked with children in some capacity the majority of her life. She is originally from New Jersey and this is where she received an Associate's in Liberal Arts and Early Childhood Education. While still in New Jersey, she worked for a group home for children with autism. After moving to South Carolina she began working at a Child Development center in Rock Hill, leading the 4K and 5K programs. Not long after starting her job there, she became the Director of the entire center overseeing the care and education for children 6weeks-5K. After 5 years at the child development center she felt a calling to get back in the classroom and begin substituting in the Rock Hill district before joining the Marvin Academy team. 

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TIFFANY BIOLETTI

Lower Elementary Teacher

Tiffany is a Fort Mill High School graduate.  She received her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Winthrop University in 2008.  She received her Master's Degree in Reading and Math from Walden University in 2011.  She taught in the Fort Mill Public School District for 10 years- 8 years in 2nd grade and 2 years in 3rd grade.  While in the public school system, she hosted several early childhood high school and college students as part-time interns.  She is currently taking courses to renew her teaching certification and receive her Read to Succeed Foundations of Reading credits.

 

Tiffany is married to a firefighter and has two daughters.  In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family playing outside or going on new adventures.  She also likes to read, run, shop, cook, and bake. 

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BRANDI VIOLA

Lower Elementary Teacher

Brandi Viola has earned a dual masters degree in both special and general education in NYC. She has over 20 combined years of teaching experience and has worked with a variety of students from Pre-k to 8th grade. 

 

Brandi is married and has two boys. In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her family to the tropics and cooking various cultural dishes. She has only been in North Carolina for one year and is looking forward to exploring this beautiful state! 

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RACHAEL TERRELL

Lower Elementary Teacher

Rachael Terrell graduated from John Carrol in 2004.  She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. After graduating college, she moved to North Carolina from Ohio to teach school. She taught in the Burke County Public School System for 8 years, working with grades 3 and 4. 

 

Rachael has two young boys and enjoys spending her free time with her boys riding bikes, swimming, and serving at church and in the community.

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CATHY COHN

Lower Elementary Teacher

Cathy received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Ohio University.   She has a diversified background in both Private and Public Schools.  Cathy continued her education by receiving certification in the Teaching of Gifted and Talented Students as well as acting as Grade Level Coordinator and played an important part in the implementation of new procedures and policies (known as the principals' committee).  Cathy also served as Secretary of the local Harley Owners Group and is actively involved in several major charities.  She enjoys spending her free time with her family, exercising and riding her Harley!

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AMANDA RUSS

Upper Elementary Teacher

Amanda Russ was born in Ohio but grew up in Indian Trail, NC most of her life. She graduated from Porter Ridge High School in 2007 and from CPCC in 2011 with a degree in Hospitality. She worked in sales for large Charlotte hotels for 4 years. She returned to college at East Carolina University and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelors in Elementary Education with additional focus and licensure in Reading. She has taught 3rd grade, 2nd grade, and Kindergarten. She continues to take courses to maintain her licensure for teaching and reading.

She has 2 children and is engaged to be married next year. In her spare time she likes to bake, craft, and spend time with her family.

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Isaiah Phyall

Upper Elementary Teacher

Isaiah graduated from Mars Hill University in 2015 with a degree in Elementary Education. He has been a lead teacher and assistant teacher for many elementary grades and has also worked with middle and high school students. He has a wide range of experience across several grades. He was a student athlete at Mars Hill and enjoys coaching and counseling students through sports and other active outlets. He believes in creating an environment that is warm and nurturing for all learners.

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DIANNA STAROVOYTOVA

Middle School Math/ELA, High School Math Teacher

Dianna Starovoytova was born and raised in California. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2017 and Master of Science in Educational Leadership in 2020. For over eight years, she has taught multiple grades ranging from kindergarten to high school. During the summer, Dianna enjoys working as a counselor at summer camps, coaching soccer, and teaching English in foreign countries. 

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SANDRA WILCOX

Middle and High School Math Teacher

Sandra graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Middle Grades Mathematics Education. Sandra received her professional educator license and has been teaching for over 20 years, mostly in math and science grades K-11. She recently relocated to Charlotte, NC with her husband and two children. Sandra loves to travel and volunteer in her spare time

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DEBBIE HOYT

Middle and High School History Teacher

Debbie Hoyt graduated from Arizona State University receiving both a Bachelor of Arts in Education/Special Education as well as a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Teaching and Learning) with a focus on students with autism. She brings with her over 25 years of teaching experience across all grades, K-12

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PATTI URIBE

Middle and High School Science /History Teacher

Patti Uribe graduated from Elon University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education.  She brings with her over 20 years of teaching experience across all grades, K-12. 

 

Patti and her husband have two children.  In her spare time she loves to watch her children play sports, traveling with her family to Colombia, SA and spending time with the families English bulldog Bella.

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TOMIKA MILLER

Middle and High School ELA Teacher

Tomika Miller  graduated from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg SC, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Education.  She is currently continuing her education at Western Governors University to earn a Masters in Education.   Tomika  has worked in education related fields for 4 years and truly enjoys working with children of all ages.
 

Tomika enjoys coaching and playing basketball as well as singing in the praise team at church.  She also enjoys playing the piano and reading. She is one of 3 children, and has an identical twin sister who is also an educator.  

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JOSH STEIN

All Grades Elective Teacher

Josh Stein grew up in Denver, NC near Lake Norman, where he attended high school at North Lincoln. There he discovered a passion for the performing arts, particularly music and theater. He attended Mars Hill College and High Point University, where he participated in several musicals such as "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "Jekyll and Hyde the Musical," "Kiss Me Kate," "Big River," and "Into the Woods." After completing his education in 2015 he began working as the Director of Music at Hickory Grove United Methodist Church, where he worked until he was given the opportunity to join the team here at Marvin Academy. 

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VICTOR VICENS

All Grades Spanish Teacher

Victor Vicéns is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico where he grew up and graduated from High School. After attending the University of Sacred Heart, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served for the next 22 years, finally retiring in 2008. He attended Georgia Southern University in Savannah, Georgia graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor's in Spanish with Teaching Certification. He has worked in public and private school at all grade levels and loves to share his vast knowledge of the Spanish language and culture with his students.
 
Victor is married to a nurse and has two daughters, two stepsons and seven grandchildren. He enjoys helping the local Hispanic community working at Atrium Health Medical center as an interpreter, as well as spending time with his family while enjoying everything our beautiful city has to offer.