Our Staff

Our director, Janice Ironside has over 25 years experience as a teacher and director. 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 Skyping with their grandchildren in Hawaii and gardening.

Jennifer Tackett is the assistant director at MEGA CDC. She holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education and has over ten years of teaching experience. She is certified in infant/child CPR/AED, and First Aid.  She has four daughters and enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.

Mrs. Tessa Asbill is the lead teacher in our 4k class and  afterschool program. She holds a degree from the University of South Carolina in Elementary Education. She is certified in infant/child/adult CPR, AED, and First Aid.  She loves to spend time with her family (her daugther Megan is a MEGA  alumni) and train and participate in 5k runs. With over 15 years of teaching experience she brings her invaluable expertise to MEGA

Ms. Paula Amick is our afterschool lead teacher.  She has over 30 years teaching in SC public schools.  She holds a Master's Degree in Education from The Citadel. She enjoys the outdoors and brings her love of teaching to the MEGA  program.  Our afterschool program is one of the finest because of our committed and well educated teachers. 

Mrs. Jennifer (Jenny) Russell is our 2-year-old teacher.  She has over 7 years of teaching experience and is also certified in child  CPR/AED and First AID.   She enjoys spending time with her family, fishing, cooking and volunteering at her church. 

Mrs. Dawn (Sunshine) Major works with our younger afterschool students. She is also certified in CPR/1st AID and AED.  She has over 10 years of teaching experience and she is also a mother of five active children.  Her eldest daughter Olivia is a MEGA coach and her younger children attend the MEGA afterschool program.  She enjoys spending time with family, reading, and camping. 

Laney Edwards is our 2-year-old -assistant teacher and gym coach.  She is a former MEGA graduate and gymnast.  We are fortunate to have her during her summer, winter and spring breaks from Clemson University.  She brings such warmth and joy to the children and parents of MEGA!

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