Meet the Episcopal Day School Teachers and Staff

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.

Lauren Russell

Mrs. Lauren Russell is the Acting Director for the 2020-2021 School Year. Mrs. Russell began teaching at the EDS in 2014, but has been working with children in different capacities for over 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. Mrs. Russell 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.

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 a 5-Day 4K Lead Teacher 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. Mrs. Duncan has also taught Tumbling-Agility Enrichment classes at EDS, gymnastics to preschoolers at a local facility, and is currently is an instructor at Clemson Fitness Company.

Susan Nash

Mrs. Susan Nash is a 5-Day 4K Lead Teacher, a Lead Early Morning Care Provider and a Lead After School Care Provider. 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. She currently serves as Treasurer of District 5 for the South Carolina Early Childhood Association. 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 several cats, dogs and many other critters throughout her home. 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.

Tameron Blanding

Mrs. Tameron Blanding (Mrs. B) is a Substitute Teacher.  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. 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 school’s Music Teacher and a Substitute 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 cats.

  Laura Jameson

Ms. Laura Jameson is a Lead After School Care Provider and Substitute Teacher. 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.

 

Carol Durham

Carol Durham is the 4K Assistant Teacher. 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 a daughter and a son. She enjoys sending time with my family, dirt track racing, and going to the mountains.

Nicole Entrup

Ms. Nicole (Nikki) Entrup is a Substitute Teacher. 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.

Jean Jameson

 

Jerae Wallace

Mrs. Jean Jameson is a Substitute Teacher.  Mrs. Jean has been assisting at EDS as a Library Volunteer and Substitute since 2016. She is a native South Carolinian and mother of two girls. Mrs. Jean has an Associates in Liberal Arts from Spartanburg Methodist College and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Clemson University. Mrs. Jean enjoys reading, cross stitching, quilting and helping children grow.

 

 

 

Mrs. Jerae Wallace is a Substitute Teacher. Mrs. Jerae and her family moved to Clemson during the summer of 2019 when her husband accepted a position at Clemson University. They have three children who are ages 15, 9 and 7, attending at D.W. Daniel High School and Clemson Elementary School. Before beginning her family, Mrs. Jerae attended Chattanooga State and was an Orthodontic Assistant for 7 years. She has held many volunteer and leadership roles which include serving on the Primary Parent Council and as Grade Coordinator at Holland Hall Episcopal School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was a member of the National Charity League in Denver, Colorado; taught Sunday School for 1st-3rd grades and was a Vacation Bible School Leader at Christ Church Episcopal of Denver, has worked with the Special Olympics and served as the Liaison for a community soup kitchen. She enjoys spending time with her family and, as time allows, reading a good book.

Kathy Olive, EDS teacher

Kathy Olive

Mrs. Kathy Olive is the 3K and ASC Assistant Teacher. She began her preschool teaching career many years ago at EDS when both of her children attended. She’s very excited to be back at EDS for the 2020-2021 school year. One of her biggest joys is to see the excitement on a child’s face when they learn something new. Outside of the classroom she enjoys spending time with her family, taking care of her pets and reading.