Mr. Mark Bounds, Head of School


The Governing Board of East Point Academy has named Mr. Mark A. Bounds as the new Head of School. Bounds, former Chief Information Officer of Lexington-Richland District Five and former State Deputy Superintendent for School Effectiveness brings with him seventeen years of successful educational leadership at both district and state levels. Multiple advanced degrees, numerous leadership program certificates, charter district experience, and knowledge from serving on a dozen educational advisory boards will allow him to drive East Point Academy’s academic success even higher as they prepare to move to new facilities. 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.

“I am very excited about Mr. Bounds joining our East Point family.” said Edward Davis, Board Chair for East Point Academy, “His expertise in charter schools as well as his experience in public schools will be a valuable asset to our growth. East Point Academy is committed to being the model of Mandarin immersion for the state of South Carolina. Mr. Bounds will have a vital role in helping us nurture our Mandarin curriculum and maintain high academic standards for our students.”

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. He commented that being an Army Officer had much in common with being an educator.  Both require a strong dedication and desire to make a positive difference in young people’s lives. This was particularly true of his experience as a Basic Training Battalion Commander. In that role, he trained and educated 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 finally the Deputy Superintendent for School Effectiveness. During his tenure as Deputy Superintendent, South Carolina was recognized twice as best in the country for improving teacher quality by EdWeek magazine.

When asked about his selection, Bounds said, “I am so excited to join the East Point Academy team. I am really looking forward to working with the awesome teachers, parents and staff.  Mostly, I am looking forward to watching our students learn and grow. I know that if we work together that we can take EPA to an even brighter future.”

Bounds has a long history of supporting language immersion programs.  He was instrumental in bringing the Confucius Institute to South Carolina and led a delegation of educators on an official visit to China. “The Chinese students worked so hard to learn English,” Bounds said.  “I knew then that we needed strong and enduring language immersion programs in the United States.  EPA is a shining example of what can be done to help our students compete globally.”

Mrs. Dana Hutto, Assistant Principal over Instruction

huttoMrs. Hutto is a seasoned educator whose career started as a classroom teacher in 1994. She has since held positions that include District Coordinator, State Science Coordinator for the state department of education, and Assistant Director at the Center for Science Education at USC. Mrs. Hutto originally joined our staff as Director of Gifted and Talented (MANTIS) in 2014, this is her second year as Assistant Principal. Her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the College of Charleston gave her a strong science foundation. Her masters of education from USC is in education administration. She is focused on developing curriculum and instruction that will allow our students the opportunity to be 21st century learners. Her desire is to broaden the horizons of educational opportunity “beyond the book” allowing students to engage in creative thought and problem solving. She believes East Point Academy’s greatest strengths include the family atmosphere, the genuine caring relationships of our staff, and the commitment and willingness of the parents to help. Mrs. Hutto has been married 23 years and has one daughter who will attend Wofford this Fall.

Mrs. Stacy Paris, Assistant Principal Primary Campus

Mrs. Paris has over 20 years’ experience in classroom instruction. Mrs. Paris will continue in the role of Assistant Principal and Primary campus supervisor this year. She is a graduate of USC Aiken with her Master’s of Education Administration. Mrs. Paris’ focus is on whole child education to give a balanced learning experience. She looks forward to each new day at EPA and the new challenges and successes they bring. She says, it is never the same day twice. Mrs. Paris believes East Point’s willingness to be innovative and challenge itself by putting into practice leading edge educational techniques makes us soar above our peers. Mrs. Paris has been married 22 years and has 4 children. In her spare time she enjoys camping with her family.

Mr. Davis Reed, Assistant Principal

reedMr. Reed obtained his bachelor’s degree from Claflin University and his master’s in administration from American Military University. Mr. Reed was drawn to EPA because of the innovative and culturally diverse learning environment. He is particularly interested in building a community where students, teachers, and parents work together for the betterment of our school. Growing up as an adopted child gave Mr. Reed a personal interest in reaching each child where they are regardless of personal circumstances. One of his driving motivations in becoming an educator is his desire to help students gain not only educational excellence but a positive self-worth. Together with his wife Lindsay, they have two children, Dax and Isla. In his spare time, Mr. Reed enjoys golf, volleyball, and cooking in his spare time.