Mr. Mark Bounds, Head of School
EPA Head of School Mark Bounds has served as Chief Information Officer of Lexington-Richland District Five and former State Deputy Superintendent for School Effectiveness and brings seventeen years of successful educational leadership at both district and state levels 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 even higher as we prepare to move to our new Campus on Chris Dr. in West Columbia. 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. 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, Bounds was recognized twice as best in the country for improving teacher quality by EdWeek magazine.
Dr. Toneka Green, Chief Academic Officer
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. email@example.com
Mr. Dave Reed, Assistant Principal
Mr. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org