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First Grade

image of the first grade team


Ms. Beth Fries: I have my Bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and I am a highly qualified reading teacher. My hobbies include spending time with family, swimming, and gardening.

Mr. Charlie Belavic:  I have a bachelor’s degree from the Slippery Rock University in Early Childhood/Special Education.  I enjoy playing the guitar and have been playing since I was 11 years old. I love exercising and playing video games with my friends. I also love to cook!

Ms. April Helton: I have taught for 17 years, 12 of which have been in first grade. My husband and I have three children, Ava, Maisie and Sawyer. We moved here from Sevierville, Tennessee. I love to read, take trips to the beach and spend time with my family.

Ms. Erica Larson:  This will be my seventh year teaching first grade and my first year at Okatie Elementary. I have a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Clemson University and a master’s degree in Education from North Greenville University. I recently moved back home after living in Greenville, South Carolina. I am so excited to be back in the Lowcountry closer to my family and the beach!

Mrs. Dana Tirado: I received my Early Childhood degree, Masters in Education, and certificate for GATE at Azusa Pacific University.  My hobbies are reading, hiking, biking, and paddle boarding.

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