Staff

MACKENZIE ELLIOTT

Executive Director

I am a local of Greenville, SC and a member of Earle Street Baptist Church. My husband and I welcomed our first child, Opal, last November. I graduated from the College of Charleston in 2015 with degrees in Public Health and Studio Art, and I have taught Art classes to children of all ages since my high school days. I am so excited to be here at Earle Street Academy. I love this school so much!

SHANNA JOHNSON

Administrative Assistant

I was born and raised in Greenville, SC and am a graduate of USC Upstate. I taught for seven years in Early Childhood Education programs before becoming the Director at Earle Street Academy in 2017. I have a passion for early childhood education. I am very excited about the opportunity to be a part of this growing program that encourages children to explore and ignite their passion for learning in and outside of the classroom. I am a member of Earle Street Baptist Church and serve with both children and youth. My husband and I have three beautiful daughters, Emma, Tatum, and Mia. I love ESA, and I am thrilled to be here.

RENARDA ROBINSON

K3 Aide

I was born and raised in Greenville, SC. I served 11 years in the Army Reserves with 1 tour in Iraq. I have a BA in Human Resource Management from Grantham University. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 12 years.  Together we have a beautiful and energetic 4 year old daughter that completes our family. I have worked in childcare for the last 3 years. I’m excited to be a part of the Earle Street Academy team and I’m looking forward to exploring new adventures with each K4 child.

GLORIA GRIFFIN

K3 Teacher

I am a graduate of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC, with a BS in Criminal Justice. After graduation, I worked for nine years for a therapeutic childcare facility. While working, I found that my calling was working with children. I know the importance of early education for children and the success they gain when taught. I am the mother of two children, Griffin and London. Some of my hobbies are playing basketball, singing, and being with family.

APRIL PITTMAN

K4 Teacher

Hello, my name is April Pittman. I graduated from Southern Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation. I taught P. E. classes at camps, YMCA, and preschools. I have been teaching preschool children for 21 years. I love watching children develop socially, emotionally, and physically. I have been married for 20 years. We have three beautiful children. God has blessed our family. We like to walk on the beach and enjoy rides at Dollywood. I also enjoy volunteering at my children's schools. I have enjoyed working at Earle Street Academy

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SAMANTHA ARROWOOD

K2 and Toddler Time Teacher

I was born and raised in Greenville, SC and am a graduate of Columbus State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. After graduation I worked as an accountant at a local fuel company for 3 years during which time I had children of my own. After having my children I decided to become a stay at home mom for a few years before coming to work at Earle Street. My husband and I have been married for 7 years and have 2 beautiful children, Stella & Layden. I truly enjoy watching and helping children grow and learn! God has blessed my life in more ways than I can say!

DIANE POOLE

K2 and Toddler Time Aide

My name is Dianne Poole. I live in Greenville, SC and am the mother of five children. I have been teaching for 35+ years, and I love it! I am a Toddler Time Teacher here at Earle Street Academy. I also coordinate childcare for another organization in Greenville, which allows me to truly enjoy my passion of helping children grow.