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Faculty & Staff
Stan K., Founder
Stan has an M.A. in Special Education from West Virginia University. Besides a love for technology, Stan enjoys bicycling, contra dancing, and almost any outdoor activity. Stan is the founder of CompuHigh.
Amanda, Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction Director
Amanda has a B.A. in Spanish and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. We call her Doctor Amanda! When Amanda is not on the other end of the computer working with students, she is reading, running or doing something with her family. She is married and has two lovely daughters. Both are ice skaters, so she stays cold year-round.
Amanda coordinates the professional development for our faculty and evaluates and develops the curricula. She teaches Spanish 3 Honors.
Casey, Student and Parent Support Director
Casey had an untraditional path through school. He skipped his Junior and Senior years of high school and attended an early acceptance program at Simon’s Rock College where he earned his Associates’s degree at 18 years old. He has worked in residential treatment for minors with mental health, drug, and behavioral issues. Recently he worked with students in South Carolina helping them reach their goal of graduating from high school in an online environment.
Casey is the Goals Coach and PE teacher.
Ellen graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. degree in Biology. She has been a biology teacher, Director of Admissions, business owner, Founder and Principal of South Carolina Whitmore School. She is passionate about helping students achieve academic success. Ellen and Steve have two children and one grandson. Ellen loves to garden and have fun on the lake. She teaches Work Ethics.
Jeannette, Educational Director
Jeannette holds an M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University and is working toward an M.S. program in Counseling Psychology. Jeannette lives in West Virginia and loves to explore the wild forests and streams of the state with her husband and children.
Jeannette is the Educational Director.
Kathleen, Assistant Principal of Student and Parent Services
Kathleen is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan with a B.A. in Elementary Education and is continuing her education towards a masters in counseling. Kathleen enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing tennis, skiing, and hanging out with her husband and their dog, Molly.
Kathleen teaches Everydae SAT Test Prep.
Melissa R., Admissions Director
Melissa works in the CompuHigh / Whitmore School Office as the Admissions Director. Melissa is our resident expert on all things related to enrollment. She is the first line of communication with prospective students and parents, helping them navigate the website and choose the program that is the best fit. She is happy to answer all of your questions.
Steve, Business Manager
Steve has a B.S. degree in Finance from the University of Utah. He has been a commercial banker and successful retail business owner for eighteen years. He and Ellen have a son and a daughter (graduate of Compuhigh / Whitmore School) and one grandson. Steve lives in South Carolina and enjoys lake life with his wife and dog Daisy.
Ashley has a Bachelors in Education from Western Illinois University and a Masters in Education from Columbia College. She is passionate about building relationships with families and students. She currently lives in Lexington, SC with her husband and two daughters. In her free time, Ashley loves spending time with her family, exercising and reading.
Beth has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education – Social Sciences degree with a minor in History, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After traveling post-college, Beth now lives along the Gulf Coast of Florida. In her spare time, Beth enjoys gardening, reading, traveling, exercising, and spending time with her husband, their son, and the family’s beloved Goldendoodle. Beth has previous academic advising and teaching experience that she brings to Whitmore, to assist students in achieving their educational goals.
Christine has her M.S. in Education from the University of Rochester. She’s passionate about getting to know her students as individuals and helping them achieve their goals. When she isn’t working with students she is reading or walking on the beach in Viña del Mar, Chile where she currently lives with her significant other and their two cats. Christine is a Guidance Counselor and also developed Whitmore’s Spanish 1, Spanish 2, and Chemistry courses.
Inga, Executive Assistant
Inga is originally from the Pacific Northwest but now calls South Carolina her home. She has worked at a public charter school in SC helping parents and students complete the admissions process. She most recently served as the Clerk of Court in Chapin, SC before coming to Whitmore School. Inga has a daughter and son who bring her great pride and joy. Inga enjoys building memories with her two children, working in her yard and taking care of her menagerie of animals.
Inga works with our admissions team and assists Principal Ellen. She teaches Community Service.
Josh has a Master’s of Education in School Counseling from Liberty University. Throughout his 9 years of experience in education, he has served as a graduation coach, school counselor and registrar. He and his wife, Megan live and travel between Dalton, Georgia and Ukraine. Outside of work, Josh enjoys coaching football, teaching English and spending time with family and friends.
Lucas holds a B.A. in Inclusive Education & History from Nazareth College and a M.S. in Curriculum Development & Instructional Technology from SUNY Albany. Lucas got his start teaching in the UK and has continued to work and live in Guatemala, Colombia, Kenya, and Uzbekistan. He always prides himself on the relationships he forms with his students. He currently calls Ottawa, Canada home. Lucas speaks Spanish and is learning French. Lucas enjoys traveling, learning from new cultures, reading, motorcycling, and the occasional dance class.
Rachel has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Experimental Psychology with a minor in Counseling. She also has her Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in School Counseling. Both degrees were earned at the University of South Carolina. Rachel loves dogs and volunteers at a pet shelter. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and 3 children.
Shawna, Student Support Coach
Shawna has her Master’s degree from the University of North Georgia in clinical mental health counseling, and a Bachelor’s degree in special education from Indiana University. She lives in Detroit, MI with her husband and daughter and works as a therapist. Shawna is our Student Support Coach and teaches Psychology, and Skill and Principles.
Alys, Electives Department Chair
Alys has an MBA in International Management and Finance from Columbia Southern University, AL. She has traveled to over 40 countries and six continents for both work and pleasure. The height of her travels has taken her to the top of Kilimanjaro and surviving the dead sea. Alys lives in Florida with her husband, two children and her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Sophie and Maxwell. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to the movies, the performing arts, fall foliage, skiing and trying new things.
Alys teaches American Government, World Geography and Art History.
Amber has a Bachelors and a Masters in Education from Eastern Kentucky University. She lives in Albuquerque, NM with her husband and dog. In addition to spending time with her family, she enjoys volunteering in her husband’s student ministry, reading, crocheting, and cross-stitching. Amber teaches English 10 and English 12 Honors
Ashley has a Masters in English from The College of Charleston. She earned her teaching degree from Erskine College in 2009. Ashley loves to learn about the world around her. Throughout her teaching career, she has lived in Kuwait and Bangkok, Thailand. She currently resides in Malaysia. Ashley teachers English 9, English 11 and English 3.
Caroline C. Caroline graduated from The College of Charleston after double majoring in Spanish and Secondary Education. She loved Charleston so much that she never left! She still lives there with her husband, their one year old son, their two dogs and two cats! She loves riding horses, reading and running. Caroline teaches Spanish1 and 2.
Cathy graduated from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Secondary Education with specializations in math and physics and a Master’s in Educational Psychology: Program Evaluation and Research. Cathy is currently working on her doctoral degree in education with a focus on learning sciences. When Cathy isn’t teaching, she enjoys time with her three children and five grandchildren. Her hobbies include singing, reading, and doing puzzles.
Cathy teaches Pre-Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2-CP, Algebra 2-Honors Trigonometry, and Probability and Statistics.
Claudia has a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and a Masters in Multi-Categorical Learning Disabilities. She lives in Fairmont, WV with her husband and two children.
Claudia is the Assistant Advisor to the WS-National Honor Society. She also teaches English and Social Studies.
Clint, Social Studies Department Chair
Raised in Northern Virginia and Central West Virginia, Clint Lemasters currently resides in Elkins, West Virginia with his wife Kim and daughter Mollie. Clint is a certified secondary teacher, and runs a horseshoeing (farrier) business. His hobbies include fly fishing, horseback riding, bow hunting, and trying (and sometimes succeeding!) to stay in shape.
Clint teaches World Geography and World History.
David has a Bachelors in Industrial Arts (Technology Education) from Fairmont State and a Masters in Administration from WVU. David has a small pick your own blueberry farm in West Virginia and plays old time music on the fiddle and bass with a couple of bands.
David teaches Web Design and Computer Applications.
David’s hometown is Miami Florida but he spent most of his career in the Washington DC area. He has a diverse background with expertise in quality, customer service, financial services, reporting and operations. He earned his economics degree from Florida International University. David is fluent in Spanish as a native speaker. He is the father of two young kids, is married to Alys, our Social Studies teacher. He loves Florida’s unique outdoors and cooking with science.
David teaches Spanish.
Debbie holds a Master’s in Liberal Studies from Skidmore College and a B.A. in Literature and Languages from Bennington College. She grew up in Tennessee and Texas, has lived in Vermont for much of her adult life and shorter stints in WA, MO, VA, and Taiwan, and currently divides her time between Vermont and Alabama. She loves to travel throughout the U.S. and abroad and besides teaching and tutoring occasionally works as a Tour Director. She has two grown children and three grandchildren. Other personal interests are museums of all sorts; light hiking; planting perennials; reading speculative fiction (and more); and writing fiction and essays. Debbie teaches English 10 and English 12.
Derwin, English Department Co-Chair
Derwin holds a B. A. in English as well as a Masters, and he has taught for Compuhigh since the spring of 2006. He and his wife love animals; they have one dog now and they hope to soon adopt another. Derwin also has a helpless addiction to photography, and he loves to work his photography into his travels. So far, his favorite international places have been Italy, Nova Scotia, and Ireland, but not necessarily in that order.
Derwin teaches English 10 Honors, English 11 Honors, English 12, Creative Writing, and Digital Photography. He is also the advisor to Whitmore NAU school newsletter.
Heather D., Science Department Chair
Heather has a B.S. in Biology from James Madison University with a minor in Environmental Science. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia with her husband, 3 children, German Shepherd named Laney, and Great Pyrenees named Nala. She enjoys running, reading and hiking.
Heather teaches Earth Science, Conceptual Chemistry and Conceptual Physics.
Heather has a Master’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Mathematics from West Virginia University, as well as a Master’s of Education in Digital Media, New Literacies and Learning from Fairmont State University. She has had the opportunity to teach at the high school and collegiate levels since January of 2011. Prior to that, she was a personal tutor for students from grade 4 to grade 12. Mathematics has always been a passion of hers because of its elegance and organization; however, Heather has many hobbies, which include dancing, painting, running, foreign languages, and traveling.
Jackie graduated from Fairmont State University with a B.A. in Theatre and Secondary Education with specializations in English and Oral Communications. She is also employed with FirstEnergy. Jackie has a passion for dance and has worked with local dance studios, dance teams and has choreographed for local theatre productions, as well. Jackie lives in Fairmont, WV with her husband and two children.
Jackie teaches English 3, English 11, Business English, Speech.
Jen graduated from California State University Long Beach with a B.A in Sociology with an emphasis in epidemiology and AIDS research. She studied Spanish at the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito while living in Ecuador for two years. During Jen’s nineteen years of teaching, she has lived and worked in Venezuela, Ecuador, the United States, and Mexico. She is a devout surfer, enjoys growing her own food, and relishes time in the outdoors. She has lived in Mexico for the past eight years with her husband Sam, and they have recently begun splitting their time living between Mexico and the mountains of Utah. Jen teaches Test Prep CP and Fitness.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education from the University of Alabama, AL. She is currently working toward a Master’s Degree in Library Science. She is passionate about teaching students how to research and find answers. Jennifer grew up on a farm where she learned to operate a skid steer loader.
Jennifer teaches English 9 and English 9 Honors.
Jessie is a graduate of Fairmont State University with a B.A. in Secondary Mathematics Education and a graduate of West Virginia University with a M.A. in Higher Education Administration. She is currently finishing work on her doctorate in Higher Education Administration at WVU. Jessie lives in West Virginia and enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her children and family.
Jessie teaches Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Trigonometry/Precalculus.
Jessie has M.A.T. from NOVA Southeastern University. She has been teaching science for 13 years. Jessie lives in Florida and enjoys boating, garage sales and volunteering at the Florida Oceanographic Society. She and her family love to go exploring and camping in their RV. Jessie is also a backyard beekeeper.
Jessie N. teaches Biology and Environmental Science.
Joe has a Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Science Education from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC and a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Physics from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. Joe lives in Myrtle Beach, SC with his wife and son, and also teaches Science at SC Whitmore School. Joe enjoys reading and spending time with his family.
Joe teaches Physical Science, Physics and Biology.
Kristin has an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Salem University. She also has an M.Ed in education. She has her Administration certification and a B.A. in Secondary Education / Social Studies from Fairmont State University. Kristin is currently an Assistant Principal at a high school in West Virginia. Prior to that, she taught History for 10 years. When she’s not working, Kristin loves to travel. She also is an avid runner and fitness enthusiast. Kristin teaches US History and World Geography.
Laurie has Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Spanish and French from UNC Charlotte. In addition to her love of teaching and languages, she enjoys reading, volunteering and spending time with her husband, three children and their Jack Russel Terrier named Giuseppe. She lives in South Carolina. Laurie teaches Spanish 1 and 2.
Lindsey holds a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and a Masters Degree in Secondary Education Mathematics both from West Virginia University. She is originally from PA but now resides in WV with her husband. Lindsey taught math at a few local high schools previously, but now works full-time as a math instructor and as the Coordinator of Math Support at Fairmont State University. One of her passions is working with students to develop effective study skills and a good work ethic in order for them to be successful in (and enjoy) their math classes. When Lindsey is not teaching, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, Crossfit, and all things DIY. Lindsey teaches Algebra 2 CP, Algebra 1, Foundations of Algebra, and Geometry.
Maggie, English Department Co-Chair
Maggie has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University, AR. She is married and lives in Columbia, SC with her husband who is completing law school. Maggie teaches English 9, English 9 Honors, English 10, English 12 and American Literature. Maggie is the Advisor to the WS-National Honor Society.
Mark has a Master’s of Analytical Chemistry from WVU. He is a senior lecturer of Chemistry at WVU, and has reviewed and edited text books used at the college level. He resides in Morgantown with his wife and two children.
Mark teaches Chemistry.
Mary graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a MA in Political Science. She loves to travel and has been to more than 30 countries and lived in three (Moldova, United Kingdom, and Slovakia). She is a former Peace Corps volunteer and speaks fluent Romanian. Mary currently lives in Annapolis, MD with her husband.
Mary teaches US Government and World History.
Mary Kathryn is a graduate of Welch College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She graduated with a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Arkansas State University. She also has certifications for teaching Middle School, English Language Learners, and Secondary Math. When she’s not solving equations, Mary Kathryn enjoys organizing and spending time with friends and family. She and her husband, Brett, and their two sons currently live in Tennessee. Mary Kathryn teaches Algebra 1 and Geometry.
Melissa earned an M.A. in English from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina in 2015. Formerly, she worked as a chef and an international flight attendant. Even more than cuisine and travel, however, her true passion is literary studies. She and her husband are also parents to two beautiful children, a girl and a boy.
Melissa teaches English 11 and English 10 Honors.
Misty has a bachelor of arts in English from Fairmont State University and spent several years as a journalist and editor. She is currently earning her master’s in special education and is a classroom teacher in West Virginia. Misty is an avid reader and artist and enjoys spending time with her husband and three children in their home among the hills.
Misty teaches English 9 and English 11 Honors.
Nelson was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, and now resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife and 3 children. He holds a B.A in Political Science from North Carolina State University and a Masters degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Liberty University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Nelson Instructional Design and Technology. Nelson enjoys spending time with family, watching movies, traveling, and meeting new people. He loves serving in his local church and is an avid jogger. Nelson holds nationwide seminars on Social Media Marketing, Communication skills, Copywriting and other valuable professional skills.
Nelson teaches U.S Government, U.S History and Career Planning and is our Social Media expert.
Pamela graduated with a B.S. degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences from West Virginia University. She currently teaches perinatal education classes to the community through West Virginia University Hospitals. She has home schooled her two children for almost 13 years. Pamela enjoys spending time with her children, dinners with her five sisters, and hiking with her Australian cattle dog.
Pam teaches Anatomy and Physiology, Algebra 1, Health and Practical Math.
Sam graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Education with a specialization in science. The past nineteen years of teaching has provided him the opportunity to learn and grow alongside students in the United States, Mexico, Ecuador and Venezuela. His hobbies include surfing, snowboarding, guitar, camping, and cooking.
Sam teaches Algebra 1, Practical Math and Earth Science.
Stan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and a Masters of Arts degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He is an avid musician who composes and performs. Stan enjoys friends, family and fun in his hometown of Morgantown, WV.
Stan F. teaches Stress Management and Music Appreciation.
Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Ohio University. She has taught in a Montessori school where she focused on individualized learning with young learners. Stephanie is the mom of Callum, a sophomore at Whitmore she is also one of our Whitmore Bloggers. Be prepared for a good laugh when you read her blogs as she shares her personal experience as a parent of a virtual student.
Stephanie teaches Stress Management, US History and World Geography.
Susan earned her teaching degree for Elementary Education – Early Secondary Spanish at SUNY Cortland, and her Masters from SUNY Brockport. Susan really cemented a love of Spanish living with a family in Santiago, Spain for a summer in high school. In college, she also attended a semester at the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.
Susan also enjoys working at Genesee Country Village & Museum showing visitors what life was like in the 19th century. She is a gifted baker – proficient in either a 19th-century kitchen or a modern kitchen. Susan finds relaxation in knitting and is always eager to travel near or far. Susan teaches Spanish.
Born and raised in Southeast Wisconsin, Zac spent years working all around the world while serving as a U.S. Army Special Forces-Green Beret. Now that he’s settled down, Zac currently resides in Upstate New York with his wife and two young sons. He has a B.S. in History from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, an M.A. in Military History from Norwich University, and an M.A. in Teaching from New York University. Zac is a certified secondary teacher. His hobbies include anything involving the outdoors, watching rugby, practicing jiu-jitsu, reading, and traveling. Zac teaches US History and US Government.
Daisy, Whitmore School Mascot
Daisy is a 9 lb Maltipoo and is our school mascot. She attends meetings and graduations. Daisy loves to meet students and parents when Ellen and Steve are traveling and hosting Coffee with the Principal. She loves Melissa because she always has a drawer full of treats.
You can meet Daisy by attending Coffee with the Principal.
Meet Our Bloggers
Alina, Whitmore Graduate
Alina is a graduate of CompuHigh / Whitmore School! She writes from her own personal experiences at Whitmore. Alina lives in South Carolina.
Cindy, Parent of Graduate
Cindy is Ryan’s mom, a 2017 graduate of Whitmore School. Dealing with medical issues made Whitmore School the perfect solution for Ryan. Cindy writes about the finding the right school for your unique child’s needs.
Ellen, Principal and Parent
Ellen is Alina’s mom, a 2009 graduate of Whitmore School. She has been a classroom teacher and online teacher and a principal. She shares first hand stories of successes and challenges from the parent perspective.
Jeannette, Educational Director
Jeannette is the Technical Support guru at Whitmore School, as well as the Educational Director. She offers advice and tips on being a successful virtual student.
Kathleen, Assistant Principal of Student and Parent Services
Kathleen is our expert on Career and College Counseling. She has a wealth of knowledge, from testing strategies to help you improve your SAT and ACT scores to successfully navigating career aptitude assessments to find that perfect job. Kathleen is our Assistant Principal of Student and Parent Services. She teaches Everydae SAT Test Prep.
Kerim, Whitmore Graduate
I live in Illinois and I enrolled in Whitmore School my freshman year. I chose Whitmore because they allowed be to take responsibility for my education. My goal was to graduate early and I achieved it this spring!
Maddie, Whitmore Graduate
I am a Whitmore graduate. As a full-time gymnast who practices 20 hours a week, Whitmore allowed me to keep up with my busy gymnastics schedule and get a personalized education at the same time. Through Whitmore, I also discovered my passion for writing and I can’t wait to see where it takes me!
Maggie, English Teacher, English Department Co-Chair
Maggie teaches English and brings so much enthusiasm to her courses and students, as you will see in her Blogs. She loves seeing her students grow and achieve academic success. When her students have that “Ah-Ha” moment she does the dance of joy! Maggie is the Advisor to the WS- National Honor Society.
Rachel’s Blogs are all about being a successful online student. She offers great TIPs on getting started and staying focused.
Stephanie, Parent and Teacher
Stephanie is Cal’s and Parker’s mom, both students at Whitmore School. Cal is an early high school students who started at Whitmore when he was 12. Parker likes the flexibility of doing her school work whenever she wants to. Stephanie offers some great advice to other parents who are looking for a school solution.
Steve, Business Manager and Parent
Steve is Alina’s dad. He brings a wealth of ideas about payment plans and discounted tuition to help parents find ways to pay for private online schooling.
From the Blog
Written by Ellen R.
If virtual school options have you confused, this is the guide for you. Read 9 TIPs for choosing the best educational option for your child.Read More
Written by Alina B.
I was a student at Whitmore School, the world’s first online high school, and it was the best decision my parents could have made for my education. Online School helped me gain independence, self-discipline, and perseverance. I learned to be a problem solver. This is why I was prepared for college level work.Read More