Rev. Suz Cate

Mother Suz Cate is the Rector and Headmaster of Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School. The Rev. Suzanne L. Cate holds a Masters of Divinity from The School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, TN, and a BA from Florida State University. Prior to receiving her calling to Holy Trinity she served in Assistant Rector positions in Ormond Beach, FL, and Charlotte, NC. She is married to Will, her husband of 35 years. They have two grown sons who live and work in Nashville, TN.

Suzanne Watkins

Mrs. Suzanne Watkins is the Director of the Episcopal Day School (EDS). She attended the Day School as a child, as well as Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. She attended Winthrop University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She worked several summers at Camp WaBak of the Old 96 Girl Scout Council, where she served as the Assistant Director. Mrs. Watkins taught a First Steps Pilot Program Four-Year-Old Kindergarten class for three years. She has also completed many hours of training on the “Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale,” which has been used nationwide as an evaluation system to determine program effectiveness. Mrs. Watkins has been the Day School’s Director since 2006.

Gini Duncan

Mrs. Gini Duncan is the Lead Teacher of the 3-Day 4 Year Old and 3-Day Three Year Old Classes. Mrs. Duncan is also the Creative Movement Teacher, and twice a week she is the Lead After School Care Provider. She started teaching at EDS in 2007. Her passion is teaching preschoolers a value and moral based curriculum which she was inspired to do after reading several books for preschool children about developing morals and social skills, such as sharing and respect. Mrs. Duncan also strives to teach children the importance of health and fitness. She does this at EDS during Creative Movement time with each class. She has also taught Tumbling-Agility Enrichment classes at EDS and gymnastics to preschoolers at a local facility.

Susan Nash

Mrs. Susan Nash is the Lead Teacher of the Four Year Old Class and the Lead After School Care Provider three days a week. Mrs. Nash has been teaching at EDS since 2012. Prior to working at our school, she taught at the Parenting Center in Oconee County for five years. Mrs. Nash has four children and four grandchildren of her own. She has been volunteering or working with children for 27 years. She loves animals and has five cats, three dogs and five goats. Mrs. Nash enjoys giving back to her community. She loves working closely with her daughters to provide food and other essentials for those less fortunate.

Lauren Russell

Mrs. Lauren Russell is the Lead Teacher of 5-Day Three Year Old Class. She also teaches Spanish to the three and four year old students, and is the Assistant Early Morning Care Provider. Mrs. Russell began teaching at the EDS in 2014, but has been working with children in different capacities for for twenty years. These various roles have included nannying, Vacation Bible School volunteer and Sunday School teacher. She has a degree in Food Science for The University of Tennessee. She worked in research and development for Brush Brothers and Co. as a Sensory Scientist. Her role there included Food Safety education. She has two children that attended preschool at EDS. She enjoys being active in the outdoors with family, reading, traveling, running and coordinating a community support group for families of children with learning differences.

Tameron Blanding

Mrs. Tameron Blanding (Mrs. B) is the Lead Teacher of the Two Year Old Classes.  She began working at EDS in 2017. Mrs. B is a graduate of Greenville Tech with a degree in Human Services. Mrs. B says that she was drawn to that field because, “I have a heart to help others.”  She later found that she had a passion for working with children. Prior to working at the Day School, she was a substitute teacher for two years in the School District of Pickens County. Mrs. B has also volunteered in church with the children’s ministry and as a youth leader. She and her husband have six children (three of which live at home). Her favorite activities include date nights with her husband, hosting family events, and snagging the occasional mom’s night out. “In times of chaos and evil in our world, I look at our children and find renewed hope for a better future!” – Mrs. B.

Suzette Andrus

Mrs. Suzette Andrus is the Music Teacher and the 3-Day 3K Assistant Teacher. Mrs. Andrus started teaching at EDS in September of 2000. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a Master of Science degree in American Studies. She has served as Secretary of District 5 for the South Carolina Early Childhood Association and was named Outstanding District Member in 2013. Mrs. Andrus truly enjoys watching children learn and grow . She states, “I love the hugs, music and laughter the children have brought to my life.” She is also thankful for her husband, two kids and two cats.


  Laura Jameson

Ms. Laura Jameson is the Four Year Old Class Assistant Teacher and the Lead Provider for Early Morning Care. She began working at EDS in September of 2015. Ms. Laura is from Clemson and graduated from Daniel High School. She graduated from Lander University in the spring of 2015 with a degree in Psychology. Ms. Laura is currently attending graduate school at Anderson University. She spent six summers working at Camp Hope. She also loves music, arts and crafts, spending time with family and friends, and reading.

 

Amy Rawls

Mrs. Amy Rawls is an After School Care Provider. She began working one afternoon a week at EDS in 2017. She has also worked for Mother’s Morning Out since 2006. Mrs. Amy graduated from the University of Georgia. She and her husband, Bryan, have three children. Their oldest son is a recent graduate of Clemson University and their girl-boy twins are currently attending Clemson University.

Melanie Riches

Mrs. Melanie Riches is the 5-Day Three Year Old Class Assistant Teacher. She graduated from the University of Utah (Go Utes!) with a degree in Political Science and Sociology. Her family relocated from the Charleston area in 2017 where she taught at Providence Baptist Church Preschool for many years. Mrs. Melanie and her husband Josh have four children: Davis, Addison, Anna and Parker. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, going to the beach and hiking in the mountains. She joined the Day School family in 2018. Mrs. Melanie is excited for another great year at EDS learning and growing together!

Nicole Entrup

Ms. Nicole (Nikki) Entrup is an After School Care Provider and Substitute. She graduated from Watchung Hills Regional High School in New Jersey before moving to South Carolina for college in 2018. She currently attends Clemson University and is pursuing an education in Recreational Therapy in hopes of working with veterans and children. Prior to working at EDS, she was an assistant preschool and after school care teacher at a school in New Jersey, as well as a “Little Kickers” soccer coach. She enjoys volunteering with various organizations, hiking, playing soccer, and spending time with family and friends.

Carol Durham

Carol Durham is the Assistant Teacher of the Two Year Old (2K) classes. She began working at EDS in August of 2019. Carol grew up close-by in Pendleton, South Carolina. She says, “I have always had a heart for working with children.” Carol and her husband have one daughter, and a son expected to arrive in January. She enjoy sending time with my family, dirt track racing, and going to the mountains.