Meet our Core Classes Faculty
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Jessie Bolton

Science

Where I went to college: Clemson University

Why I am a part of Bridges: I get to see my students grow over three years and love to spend time every summer laughing, learning, and thriving with them!

A favorite hobby of mine is: Gym-time

What makes me happy: laughing with friends, spending time with my family (including my dogs), and making a difference in the world.

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Rachel Ginn

Science

Where I went to college: University of South Carolina 

Why I am a part of Bridges: This will be my first year with Bridges and I am excited to have the opportunity to help these awesome students reach their full potential! 

A favorite hobby of mine is: shopping until I find a bargain

What makes me happy: hearing my little boy giggle!

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Kinja King

Math

Where I went to college: I attended College of Charleston as an undergraduate, and I attended Converse College for graduate school.

Why I am a part of Bridges: I am a part of Bridges because I believe in the power of unity and community.

A favorite hobby of mine is: I enjoy singing loudly and dancing super hard.

What makes me happy: I find joy in helping others.  

Miriam Miles

College Planning

Where I went to college: Clemson University

Why I am a part of Bridges: I became an educator to promote college access for all students; Bridges combines all of my favorite things about building relationships with students and helping them plan for and work toward the future. Thanks 

A favorite hobby of mine is: Practicing for agility trials with my dog  

What makes me happy: family gatherings. 

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Jaquetta Ross 

College Planning

Where I went to college: Furman  University - Go Paladins! I was a Religion Major.

Why I am a part of Bridges: I am passionate about young adult leadership and identity formation, especially for our Bridges students!

A favorite hobby of mine is: I love games! Scrabble, Monopoly, Card Games, I'm here for it all!

What makes me happy: My cup is filled anytime I am motivating and inspiring others to be their best selves!

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Amanda Squires

Humanities

Where I went to college: I attended Furman University for my undergraduate degree in English as well as my M.A. in literacy. I received my MLIS from USC.

Why I am a part of Bridges: I love getting to know the students over three summers and seeing them grow into incredible young adults. The Bridges family is close to my heart and it is one of my favorite parts of summer!

A favorite hobby of mine is: Reading (Of course, I'm a librarian!)

What makes me happy: I love dance parties and cooking with my daughter.

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Mimi Watson

Humanities

Where I went to college: I attended the College of Charleston where I earned a BA in English and a minor in Art History. I then earned my master’s in secondary English education from Converse College.

Why I am a part of Bridges: I am a part of Bridges because I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my time than with the best students in the Upstate!

A favorite hobby of mine is: Oh come on, you know every English teacher loves to read! I also love to cook and socialize... with anyone and everyone!

What makes me happy: Happiness is a boat ride at the lake or on the coast