Our Staff

Our director, Janice Ironside has over 30  years experience as a teacher and director both in Hawaii and South Carolina. She holds a Master's Degree from the University of South Carolina in Early Childhood  Education. She is also a South Carolina Department of Social Services Master Trainer. She is certified in infant/child CPR, AED, and First Aid. She and her husband Jim enjoy traveling in their RV, reading and spending time with their grandchildren. 

Ms. Melissa Couch is our lead 3K teacher.  Ms. Melissa is working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education and has years of experience working with children in both public schools and the private sector.  She enjoys spending time with her "fur babies" and her two teenage sons.  She brings patience, nurturing and creativity to our 3 -year-old classroom.  She is certified in adult and child CPR/AED and First Aid.  

Mrs. Audrey Rivers has over 20 years experience teaching 4K. She is our lead 4K teacher and assistant Director.  She has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is seeking her Bachelor's Degree from USC. She is certified in child and adult CPR/AED and First Aid.  She enjoys crocheting and spending time with her family.  

Miss Cedesia “Desi” Ricard is the assistant teacher in our MEGA 4K class. She is pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education at MTC. She has a passion for working with young children and enjoys art projects with the very young. She is very  “craftsy” and enjoys making accessories and printing T-shirts in her free time.  Miss Desi was a student in our preschool program years ago.  We are happy to have her back at MEGA as a teacher!

  Miss Laura Way is our lead afterschool teacher.  She loves working alongside and furthering the knowledge of her students. Miss Laura currently attends Midlands Technical College and will soon transfer to the University of South Carolina to finish her degree in Early Childhood Education. In her free time she enjoys dance (teaching ballet, tap and clogging) and spending time with family and friends. 

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