Committed to Excellence for All Students
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 19th year teaching in Lexington/Richland School District Five. I have taught age groups from pre- kindergarten through 3rd grade. I love teaching, learning and growing alongside our young students!
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 30 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, Jack, and Garrett. I taught 4 year old kindergarten at my church for a few years and I went back to full-time teaching when Garrett started kindergarten.
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 3 cats (Batman, Cedric and Katniss). My daughter got married in December 2021, so now I have a bonus son! Life is busy, but good and we consider ourselves extremely blessed.
I am so proud to be a part of the Chapin Elementary School Family! I am excited about spending this school year with your child. We are going to have a great year!