Ms. Chavis

Hello!! My name is Holly Chavis. I am so excited to be part of The Palmetto School teaching K-2. Outside of my love for teaching, I want to tell you about myself. I live in Rock Hill with my husband, daughter, and my two fur babies. I also have a grown son who lives in York. I like to go camping or “glamping” in my RV. I love going to the mountains of Tennessee and spending time on the gulf in Destin Florida. I love snow!! I am still like a giddy kid when we actually get snow here.  But I also love the beach and swimming in the ocean. I am crazy about taking pictures and capturing memories. I am very close with my family and enjoy spending time with them.

Mrs. Downs

Hi my name is Susan Downs and I am the 3rd to 5th grade teacher.  I recently moved to Fort Mill South Carolina from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and I absolutely love it here. I hold a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and a certification to teach English as a Second Language.  Teaching has always been my passion and I look forward to this next chapter at the Palmetto School.  Outside of the classroom I love spending time with my family, going to the beach, and riding our horse Tucker.

Mr. Carraway

My name is Mr. Carraway, and I am the 6-8 grade teacher.  I was born in Darlington SC and attended Winthrop University in from 2002 – 2006 where I received my Bachelors of Science in Communication. After attending college and leading a very creative career, I entered the classroom as a substitute teacher.  After a number of years as a substitute teacher, I decided to pursue another career as a certified teacher. I am an avid lover of the arts as well as design.  In my limited spare time you can find me relaxing with my dog, Mr. Benjamin, watching countless shows from the National Geographic channel.

Ms. George

My name is Karen George.  I graduated from The University of Central Florida in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in exceptional child education. Then, in 2000, I earned my master’s degree in educational leadership from Winthrop University. I taught in Florida for 7 years before moving to Rock Hill. I taught in Rock Hill for 3 years before having my children. I gave up teaching for 11 years to stay home with my children.

I have 3 children. Jenna, Adam, and Jack. They all attend or have attended Rock Hill Schools. In my free time I enjoy cooking, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

Ms. Jessica

My name is Jessica Heilig and I am the Behavioral Interventionist. I was born and raised in Salisbury NC. I’ve been an athlete my whole life winning 3 state championships in high school, scoring over 1,000 points in college. I had the opportunity to play professionally overseas. I enjoy playing video games and working out in my free time, but my passion is producing music (outside of working with kids). I love working with children because they are our future and they constantly need guidance and love!

Ms. Debs

My name is Deborah Feldmann, or “Ms Debs” to our school family.  I have been the Bookkeeper here at The Palmetto School for the past two years, and have been a supporter of the school for several years before then.  I am from the UK, and have lived in the US for 17 years, raising two sons with my American husband, Tom.