Transitions at Trident Academy

Two beloved members of the Trident Academy family have moved on to new adventures this fall: Judy Fell and Niki Leiva.
Judy Fell landed at Trident Academy in 1999 as a 4th grade teacher. One of my fondest  memories is being invited to a “campfire” story telling in her classroom. Her students had written ghost stories and were reading them in front of a makeshift campfire. There were stars overhead and you could almost smell the smoke wafting through the room. It is easy to see why Mrs. Fell soon became a beloved member of our faculty. She moved her expertise into our LEAD department several years later. Mrs. Fell’s teaching career started in Columbia, SC in the second grade in 1966! She earned her MA in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina in 1973, and became a reading specialist shortly thereafter. After nearly 50 years, Mrs. Fell has decided to retire! She and her husband, Bob, are moving to Bluffton to be closer to their grandchildren. Mrs. Fell has been an integral part of the Trident Academy fabric for 16 years and will be sorely missed. We wish the Fells nothing but the very best!
Niki Leiva arrived at Trident Academy full of energy and enthusiasm 3 short years ago. She has done a remarkable job helping to market, brand and build the school. Through her efforts Trident Academy has been poised to grow and prosper. Many of our current students met her in the admission process, their first encounter with our school. Her care and nurturing spirit helped to ease many nervous students and parents, as well. She and her husband, Guillermo are embarking on a grand adventure! Guillermo’s job is taking them to Italy for several years. While we will miss her terribly, we are excited for this new phase in their lives. Arrivederci!

by Betsy Fanning, Head of School

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