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 a 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 34 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,” 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 Three Year Old Class and the Creative Movement Teacher. 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 four 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. Mrs. Russell began teaching at 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 5-Day Three Year Old Class Assistant Teacher.  She 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 (four 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 for EDS 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 currently serves 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 Lead Teacher of the Two Year Old Classes and the Assistant After School Care Provider. 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 has recently been attending graduate school at Clemson University. She has spent five summers working at Camp Hope and can’t wait to spend summer number six there. 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 the Day School 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. As of the fall of 2018, they have a son who is a senior at Clemson University and girl-boy twins who are freshmen at Clemson University.

Ayana Cook

Ms. Ayana Cook is the Four Year Old Class Assistant Teacher. She grew up in a house full of children, as her family provided a foster home to other children. She is currently a transfer student at Tri-County Technical College. Ms. Ayana began her college studies focusing on Recreational Therapy and Art, but during her first month at EDS came to realization that she truly would like to become a kindergarten teacher. She has always had a passion to help others, particularly younger kids. Ms. Ayana says, “I believe that at a young age children are very susceptible to what is around them. Therefore, I want to be a positive influence in their lives and teach them that although things may be tough, you can still make it through.” Ms. Ayana also loves to play soccer, paint, and write.

Melanie Riches

Mrs. Melanie Riches is the Two 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 last year where she taught at Providence Baptist Church Preschool since 2014. 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 is excited to join the EDS family and hope to have a great year learning and growing together!