Mr. Mark Bounds, Head of School

Prior to becoming the East Point Academy Head of School, Mark Bounds served as Chief Information Officer of Lexington-Richland District Five and brings eighteen years of successful educational leadership to East Point Academy. Multiple advanced degrees, numerous leadership program certificates, charter district experience, and knowledge from serving on a dozen educational advisory boards allows him to drive East Point Academy’s academic success. His attention to excellence has been recognized through honors such as the Army Legion of Merit Award, South Carolina Education Policy Fellow, District Five’s Superintendent’s Visionary Award, and the Irmo Chamber of Commerce Education Award.

Before a career in education, Bounds served twenty years in the US military.  His duty assignments included, Germany, Washington, D.C., Colorado, Georgia and South Carolina and spent considerable time as Basic Training Battalion Commander, training and educating 5,000 young soldiers annually. This experience cemented his desire to become an educator. In 2000, Bounds retired as Ft. Jackson’s Deputy Chief of Staff and shifted his focus towards improving quality of life for children in South Carolina.

He began his education career working to improve low performing school in South Carolina.  Then serving as the State Director of Communities in Schools, the nation’s largest nonprofit dropout prevention organization.  Later, he served as the Director of the Office of School Leadership providing training and professional development for school leaders across South Carolina before becoming the state’s Deputy Superintendent for Educator Quality and Leadership and the Deputy Superintendent for School Effectiveness. During his tenure as Deputy Superintendent, South Carolina, Bounds was recognized twice as best in the country for improving teacher quality by EdWeek magazine.

Dr. Toneka Green, Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Toneka M. Green brings an abundance of experience, education, and expertise to the position of Chief Academic Officer (CAO).  Prior to being named East Point Academy’s (EPA) very first CAO, Green has been the Curriculum Coordinator, an Enterprise Learning Coach with a $24.9 million Race to the Top Grant, a Master Teacher with the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), a math instructional coach, a math interventionist, and a classroom teacher at several levels. She has experience with SC Ready and SC Academic Standards implementation and has lead a district-wide vertical articulation team. Green has been responsible for the coordination of school-wide testing, curriculum design and development, formal teacher evaluation, teacher training and professional development, and pre-service teacher training and supervision.  These many experiences have afforded her the valuable opportunity to understand the importance of well-trained and supported teachers, administrators being instructional leaders, and involving all stakeholders in academic decision-making.  Green is a member of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA), South Carolina Leaders of Literacy (SCLL), and South Carolina Leaders of Mathematics Education (SCLME).
Green is an alumna of the University of South Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University and a Doctorate Degree in Teaching and Learning from Argosy University.  Green has also completed a Principal Certification Program in Educational Leadership at Lamar University. She holds educator certification in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida and is certified in the areas of Elementary Education and Administration. She is also certified as a Project-Based Learning (PBL) Coach through Buck Institute for Education (BIE).
Green looks forward to furthering her professional development as she partners with teachers, other administrators, parents, and the community while continuing EPA’s legacy of academic rigor and excellence in a Mandarin-immerse environment.
Mr. Andrew Hart, Chief Business Officer

Prior to coming to East Point Academy Mr. Hart spent 24 years in the United States Marine Corps, retiring in 2006. His last assignment was as the Operations and Training Officer for Eastern Recruiting Region at Parris Island, SC. Since retirement, Hart has served in several leadership and management positions including for a fortune 500 company (Navistar Defense) as well as a private equity company in Erlanger, Ky.  In 2009-2010, Hart was the senior naval science instructor at South Florence High School.

In 2015, Hart co-founded Continuum Consulting, LLC in Franklin, TN specializing in business development, professional development, continuous process improvement, professional sales training and leadership development.

Hart received his undergraduate degree from Columbia College, in Columbia, MO, his M.Ed (Leadership) from Argosy University and a Master of Business Administration from South University.

Hart and his wife, Temple, reside in Northeast Columbia, where they enjoy spending their free time with family, especially their grandchildren.

Mrs. Ashley Cohoon, Elementary Assistant Principal

Ms. Cohoon received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Clemson University and her a Master of  Educational Leadership from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Prior to joining the East Point Academy family, she taught third grade and fifth grade in Richland School District Two. Mrs. Cohoon has completed Richland School District Two’s Training Administrators Program, is a South Carolina Mentor teacher, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Key Women Educators Society and was named the Behavior Lead on the Discipline Committee at her previous school.

Cohoon’s recency in the elementary classroom gives her a tremendous amount of experience in the which will enhance her ability to help the stakeholders of East Point Academy.  In her career, she has been student-centered, professional and collaborative with experience in providing instructional and curriculum development support to diverse student learning.  Her numerous certifications and training provide her with the exposure to ensure growth in the students and faculty at EPA.

Cohoon and her husband, Caleb-Scott, live in Blythewood with their three dogs.  They enjoy spending time with family and friends on Lake Murray, watching Clemson and Carolina football and playing with their dogs in their backyard.

Ms. Junlan Li, Assistant Principal for Immersion and Chinese Culture Integration

Ms. Junlan Li obtained her first bachelor’s degree in Foreign Language Education from Jiangxi Normal University, her second bachelor’s in Law from Renmin University, her first master’s in Interpreting and Translation from Wake Forest University, and her second master’s in School Administration from the UNC at Greensboro. Li is currently studying for her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at USC.

She has served as a teacher of bilingual education and law at the university level, the principal of a private school and the corporate counsel to a Chinese corporation. Li is a freelance journalist,  court interpreter legal and translator, who helped to translate many of the Chinese laws for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. She is also a researcher, who has published or presented more than 20 articles on bilingual education, linguistics, literature and psychology in academic journals and at international conferences.

After Li moved to the US, she worked in several Chinese immersion schools in the Carolinas. Her assignments included kindergarten TA, 5th grade immersion teacher, elementary science teacher, middle school Chinese teacher and Chinese curriculum coordinator. Li is the first Chinese speaking educator to become a licensed school administrator in the Carolinas.

The strong leadership team, collaborative teachers and supportive parents and students who are passionate about Chinese learning are the biggest motivation for Li’s devotion to East Point Academy. Li looks forward to supporting the teachers and students at EPA with her expertise in Chinese immersion education culture.

In her spear time, Li enjoys traveling, reading, collecting rocks and playing video games.

Mr. Bruce Moseley, Middle School Assistant Principal

EPA middle school assistant principal, Bruce Moseley, most recently served as Director of the Office of School Leadership at the South Carolina Department of Education, where he was responsible for training future and current school and district administrators.

He has also served as the Program Coordinator for the School Leadership Executive Institute, a middle level assistant principal of three South Carolina middle schools and a fifth grade teacher.  He brings over thirty years of experience in education to East Point Academy. Moseley earned both his Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Master’s in School Administration from the University of South Carolina.

Two of the schools in which Moseley served were recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. Mr. Moseley was named South Carolina Middle Level Assistant Principal of the Year in 2005 by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA). Moseley also serves as the Coordinator for the South Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program.

He and his wife, Marsha, live in Lexington.