Educate, Empower, Encourage
Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. in English - University of South Carolina M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education - University of South Carolina Masters Plus Thirty in Literacy National Board Certification in Literacy Literacy Teacher Certification R2S Literacy Teacher Endorsement
My name is Missie Starkey and this will be my 16th year teaching at Lake Murray Elementary. I taught kindergarten here for ten years and this will be my sixth year teaching 3rd grade. I have loved teaching 3rd grade!
I was born in Valdosta, Georgia and moved to Columbia when I was 10 years old. I grew up in Irmo and attended the wonderful District Five schools. I graduated from The University of South Carolina in 1988 with a B.A. in English, worked a few years downtown at the State House, and then went back to USC and completed my M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education in 1994. I received my National Board Certification in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts. I am a firm believer in life-long learning!
I married my husband, Darryl, in 1991, and we have lived in the Chapin area for the past 29 years and have loved raising our family here. I taught second grade in Lexington prior to having our first child, and then stayed home for several years with our three children, Susannah (24), Jack (23), and Garrett (20). I went back to full-time teaching when Garrett started kindergarten and he is now a sophomore at Midlands Technical College. My older son, Jack, completed a B.A. in Psychology this summer and is currently on the job hunt, and my sweet Susannah completed a B.A. in English at USC and is working in Asheville.
I enjoy reading, cooking, taking long walks, working in the yard, and spending time with my family and friends. As a family, we enjoy going to the beach and the North Georgia mountains. We have a 5 pound Yorkie (Lily) and 3 cats (Batman, Cedric and Katniss). Life is busy, but good and we consider ourselves extremely blessed.
I am so proud to be at LMES and love teaching children! I am so excited about spending this school year with your child. We are going to have a great year!