Our Faculty and Support Staff

The Hill School of Wilmington teachers are certified through The Hill Center by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). They use a research-based, multisensory structured language methodology to focus on reading, written language, and math. Our program is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach. 

In addition, our 4:1 student/faculty ratio allows close student-teacher interaction. We are also a member of the: Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA); Council for Exceptional Children (CEC); and International Dyslexia Association (IDA). 

2021-22 Board of Directors

OFFICERS

John Meehl - President  

Beth Chadwick - Past President

Amy Brown North - Vice President

Dr. Karen Kirk - Secretary

Linda Smits - Recording Secretary

Robin Turlington  - Treasurer   

 

MEMBERS

Julie H. Lancaster    

Dr. Thomas E. Mates    

Kay Dougherty    

Andi Matt Van Trigt

Ginny Woodruff

Jan Wessell

 

All members of the board are volunteers and receive

no payment for their service to the school.  

DECLAN Our Facility Dog

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To learn about DECLAN and her role at The Hill School, click HERE.

Faculty & Staff Directory

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Susan Mixon Harrell - Executive Director

 

B.A. Salem College 

Certifications:  Exceptional Children/Learning Disabilities (NC),

The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners, The International Dyslexia Association

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Heather Schild - Teacher

 

B.S. Boston University

NC Teaching Areas of Certification: Special and Elementary Education

IMSLEC Certification: Level 2

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Rennie Durand - Teacher

 

B.S. University of Southern California

NC Teaching Areas of Certification: Elementary Education K-6

IMSLEC Certification: Level 2 - Teaching 

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Lisa RamseyTeacher

 

B.A. University of NC Wilmington

B.S. West Virginia University  

NC Teaching Areas of Certification: Elementary Education K-6

IMSLEC Certification: Level 1 

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Nikki Peterson Snow -  Associate Director/Teacher

M.Ed. Edinboro University

B.S. Edinboro University  

NC Teaching Areas of Certification: Elementary Education/Reading Specialist, ALTA C.A.L.P, Hill Mentor

IMSLEC: Level 2, Instructor of Teaching Level

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Julia GarnerTeacher

 

B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

M.Ed University of North Carolina at Wilmington

NC Teaching Areas of Certification: Elementary Education K-6

Reading K- 12

IMSLEC Certification: Level 1 

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Erica Swanton DerushiaTeacher

Bachelor of Elementary Education and Special Education  

University of Western Sydney (Australia)

Master of Special Education   University of San Diego (CA)

NC Teaching Areas of Certification:

Exceptional Children, Cross Categorical K-12

IMSLEC Certification: Level 1 

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Anna BrownTeacher

B.S. NC State University

Teacher Certification NC A&T State University

NC Teaching Areas of Certification:

Exceptional Children, Cross Categorical K-12

IMSLEC Certification: Level 1 (in progress) 

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Barbara MercerTeacher

B.A. Shepherd University (WV)

M.A. Special Education West Virginia University 

NC Teaching Areas of Certification

Elementary Education K – 6

Exceptional Children, Learning Disabilities  K-12

IMSLEC Certification: Level 1 (in progress)

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Tricia BabelOn-Site Substitute Teacher

B.B.A  - Ohio University

Post Grad Ed Certification in Secondary Math - Cleveland State University

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Ally Karasik - School Day Tutoring

B. A. Furman University

M.A. Holy Names University (Educational Therapy)

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Nicki MacRaeSchool Day Tutoring

B.A.  University of North Carolina 

M.A.  Elementary Education Teaching Certification

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Annie West GrahamAdmissions Director & Office Mgr

B.S. University of North Carolina Wilmington