Founder, Head of School
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 16 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.
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 a beautiful school-aged daughter and a sweet baby boy. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Middle School Social Studies 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.
All Grades Health/PE Teacher
High School Science 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.
Erin Knowles was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. She attended CPCC and then transferred to Catawba college and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been working with children for over 10 years in a professional setting. Erin started working as a teacher in childcare centers and then moved into an administration position, eventually taking a role as a curriculum coordinator for the previous center she worked at. Children are her passion and she is very excited about joining our Marvin team this year!
Erin lives in Lancaster, SC with her husband and two children. She loves being outside and hanging out with her family and friends on the weekends.
Kristina Thier was born and raised in New England and moved to South Carolina in 2005. After graduating high school at Nation Ford in Fort Mill, Kristina developed an interest in helping people accomplish healthy behavior habits. Following her passion, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from USC Beaufort. She continued her education and earned a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She is currently attending UNC Charlotte to further her education in Elementary Education, aiming to apply her mental health education whilst working with youth.
Kristina lives in Charlotte with her three young children, just down the road from her parents and near to where she spent the latter part of her childhood. Her kids love her cooking, namely her authentic Italian dishes! In her free time, she enjoys anything outdoors and, hailing from a large extended family, highly values spending quality time with family and friends.
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.
Lower Elementary Teacher
Jennifer graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembrook with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and a Minor in Art. She continued her education and earned a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from Missouri State University. Jennifer has worked in public and private schools over the years in grades kindergarten through fifth with the exception of fourth grade. She has also enjoyed working at the public library as the Children’s Librarian and as a House Parent at The Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home.
Jennifer loves the Lord, her husband, Grant, and their son Griffin. They have recently moved back to the Waxhaw area after living in Memphis, Tennessee for 10 years.
In her free time she enjoys studying God’s word, spending time with her family, serving in church and community, working with foster families, gardening, shopping, crafting, and a good nap.
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.
Lower Elementary Teacher
Erika Hornsby was born and raised in Waxhaw, NC. Throughout high school and college, she worked with infants to preschool-aged children in a daycare setting. After graduating from high school she went to UNC Charlotte and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in 2017. Erika received her professional educator license and taught first grade for 5 years at UCPS. Erika has a passion for teaching children and loves teaching here at Marvin!
Erika currently lives in Indian Trail, NC with her husband and toddler. In her spare time, she likes to be outside, spend time with family, read books, and travel. Erika loves being active in her church community with her family.
Upper Elementary Teacher
Tina grew up in Maryland and moved to North Carolina to attend Johnson and Wales for undergraduate school. Soon after, she found a passion for working with children and she went back to school to receive her teaching license. She has absolutely loved being in the classroom! Tina has been teaching for 5 years, mostly in second grade, before transitioning to third grade last year.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Travis and one year old, Charlie. She also enjoys crafting and reading.
Upper 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!
Middle School Math and Science Teacher
Karalyn Doyle grew up in Boca Raton, Fl. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University with her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and plans on obtaining her master’s degree in School Counseling. She has taught lower and upper elementary grades, as well as middle school science.
Karalyn and her husband Mike have two little boys and have recently moved to Waxhaw. In her spare time she loves to cook, crochet, craft, go on hikes and play sports with her family and their golden retriever Sophie.
Middle School ELA Teacher
Miriam Spitzer Franklin has over twenty years of teaching experience in 3rd through 8th
grade, with a focus on teaching reading and writing. She considers herself an expert on
children's literature, and is a published author of middle grade novels. She has published three books: Extraordinary, Call Me Sunflower, and Emily Out of Focus.
She lives with her husband and two daughters in Charlotte.
Middle/High School History and 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 over 9 years of teaching experience and has worked in public and private schools at all grade levels.
Victor has two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking and eating out, live music, and exploring everything Charlotte has to offer.
All Grades Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher