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 on 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 four year old son and fifteen year old step-daughter. 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.

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. 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 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 has also mentored new teachers and served on numerous school committees. 
 

Lisa Wakefield, Student Mentor, Art Teacher

Lisa Wakefield has been teaching for over 25 years and has a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education and a Master’s in Educational 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 family moved to North Carolina the summer of 2015 from Arizona and recently relocated to Fort Mill, South Carolina.

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 and in Customer Relations for 10 years and enjoyed building lasting relationships with her patients. 

 

She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 8 years and together they have a sweet little girl. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading and spending time with her family and friends. 

Amanda Russ, Lower Elementary Teacher

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Ashleigh Miller, Upper Elementary Teacher

Ashleigh Miller grew up in Denver, NC and has always loved working with children from a very young age.  She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at Belmont Abbey.  She also holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Gardner-Webb University.  She taught elementary school for 7 years in the public schools. 

Once she had her first child, she focused her time on raising her family.  She has two beautiful children with her husband.  With both of her children in school, she is happy to be back in the classroom.  Her hobbies are horseback riding, swimming, running, and vacationing with her family.  She feels honored to be a part of such a great school that puts a child's needs first.

Brandi Viola, Lower Elementary Teacher

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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!

Debbie Hoyt, 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. 

Josh Stein, Music and Health/PE Teacher

Josh Stein grew up in Denver, NC, 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. He has been overjoyed to be able to serve the students as both the music and PE/Health teacher, and he looks forward to another great year with Marvin Academy.

jcstein@marvinacademy.org

Karalyn Doyle, Middle School Science Teacher, Primary Class Teacher Assistant

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 worked in the field of early childhood education until she focused on raising her family. Now that her children are in school, she is excited to be back at work educating young minds.

Karalyn and her husband have two little boys and have recently moved to Waxhax, NC. In her spare time she loves to cook, crochet, craft, go on hikes and play sports with her family and their golden retriever.

Rachael Wick, Elementary Teacher

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Sandra Wilcox, Middle & High School, Math & Science 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 math and science in 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.

Tiffany Bioletti, Primary School Teacher

Tiffany Bioletti 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.

Víctor Vicéns, 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 and his wife have 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.

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