Harvest Community School is unique in that it provides children the opportunity to grow and develop into the amazing individuals God intended. All schools provide instruction in math, reading, grammar, science, and history. What sets HCS apart is how we provide that instruction plus so much more. Our classical approach to education offers Shakespeare, artist study, classical music, second language, and nature study while developing the unique God-given talents of your child. God's Holy Word is our cornerstone. We are so excited that we have reached our ten-year milestone!
Angie Bruner, M. Ed. - Headmaster; Middle/High School Teacher
I graduated from the College of Charleston in 1993 with a degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education. I married that summer and began my journey in education that fall. The years passed, and my husband and I had two beautiful children. I even managed to earn a masters degree in Education Administration.
While my career was exciting and varied, I always felt as if something was missing from the education model. We decided to homeschool our oldest child because of my dissatisfaction with traditional education as well as my overwhelming desire for my children to have a fulfilling education. Once I discovered Charlotte Mason's ideas, all the missing pieces fell into place. I finally experienced seeing my children enjoy learning. I knew that this was how God intended for children to learn. I am humbled that God has chosen to use me to offer a Charlotte Mason education to our community.
Tammy Glaser, M.S. O.R. - Curriculum; Middle/High School Mathematics Teacher
I graduated from the Naval Academy in 1985 and planned to make the Navy a career. I tracked submarines, earned a masters degree, and recruited for the Navy. God had a better plan in mind. He gave me a loving family: Steve, my husband, and our children, Pamela and David. After our daughter developed autism, I found my true calling in education. I left the Navy in 1995 and started homeschooling.
Shifting to Charlotte Mason's ideas began in 2000 with my children and later in church ministry. I was blessed to join AmblesideOnline when it was born! God has let me share these ideas with families, speak at conferences, and train public, charter, and private school teachers. For two years, a team of educators and I designed curriculum for the first Charlotte Mason charter school in the USA. I'm part of prov-en-der and similar groups. I'm thrilled to inspire teachers, students, and families to learn and love learning.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Carla Nelson - Administrative Assistant
I am a proud mother of three amazing children that I daily thank God for giving me the opportunity to be their mother. We moved to South Carolina from Maryland many years ago, where I got what I thought was my dream job of being a criminal defense paralegal for Lexington County. Circumstances changed and we moved, eventually landing in Manning, SC. I was blessed to receive an offer of employment at Harvest where I realized, while I love criminal defense, this is where I am meant to be. I enjoy working with all of the students, staff, and families.
Johanna Pressley, M.A. in Biblical Counseling - Middle/High School Bible Teacher
In Bible class I love helping students learn how to apply the rich resources found in Scripture to the practical issues they face in everyday life. In addition to teaching at Harvest, I work as an ACBC certified counselor at Lowcountry Biblical Counseling Center in Charleston, holding a Masters Degree in Biblical Counseling from The Masters University in Santa Clarita, CA.
I also hold music performance degrees from Idyllwild Arts Academy and the University of Minnesota. I perform and teach violin and viola, operating a private studio in Summerton and serving as an adjunct instrumental instructor at Charleston Southern University. My husband and I love to spend our time exploring all the beauty God has given for us to enjoy with our three delightful children. God has used Harvest Community School to pour out immeasurable blessings on our family since I joined the team in 2017.
Mike Sulewski, M. Ed. - Middle/High School History and Science Teacher
I have a Masters Degree in education from Loyola University Maryland. I retired from teaching for 26 years in Maryland, both middle school and high school science, history, and reading in the public school system. During that time, I also coached high school football and lacrosse. After retiring, I worked as General Manager of a waterpark where I trained Lifeguards for certification.
I have two sons, one living with me now, also a two-year-old brown lab named Bella. Many of our students know her because she comes to Harvest as a service dog.
Kara Cerruti, B.A. in English Communication - Middle/High School Literature and Language Arts Teacher
First and foremost, I have a beautiful family. My oldest daughter Aubree is smart, sweet and a warrior. She was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2022. My youngest Carmella is a firecracker. You can always catch that Teeny Tiny Tyrant up to no good with a smile on her face. My husband Rob and I have been together eleven years. We also have two dogs, our fur babies, Babs and Buster.
I received my bachelor’s degree in English Communication from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. My minors included Journalism, Public Relations and Broadcast Media. Currently I am working on my Masters Degree in Elementary and Secondary Education.
After moving to Manning, South Carolina from New York in 2021, I have found solace in a small town! Working at Harvest feels almost serendipitous, I was meant to work here. God has played a pivotal role, not only at my job but also my daughter's diagnosis. Since being hired at a private Christian school, I have found joy in religion again and trust and love in God again.
“For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined.” Psalm 66:10
So let's throw kindness around like confetti! And always stay #AubreeStrong.
KJ McCoon, B.A. in Education - Elementary Teacher
I grew up in Orangeburg county, and graduated Cum Laude from South Carolina State University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in May of 2002. I began my teaching career in Orangeburg county public schools in August of 2002. I have been a certified SC educator for over twenty years and love working with children. I have taught students in Grades 2-12 in public, private, online, and homeschool settings. I am a SC certified teacher in the areas of elementary education, middle school math, and science, and I have my endorsements for gifted education.
My family has lived in Clarendon County for many years. We are members of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Manning, SC. My husband and I have three children and three grandchildren. Our oldest daughter and her husband live near Houston, Texas and are the loving parents of our three precious grandchildren. Our youngest children have attended Harvest for several years and have helped us learn just how special the school is. I am excited to be at Harvest this year, and for having the opportunity to help the elementary students grow and learn.
Lara Blaisdell, M. Ed. - Primary Teacher
I was born and raised in San Diego, CA. I raised three magnificent sons, who are now 25, 27, and 30 years old. My eldest made me a Grammy of two beautiful grandchildren, ages 1 ½ and 2 ½. Even though San Diego is beautiful, my husband and I got tired of the fast pace, and changes we saw happening. We had a “pit stop” for five years in Tennessee but God had different plans for us and sent us on our way to Elloree, SC. We absolutely love the small town living with the friendliest people. We’ve only been here since April of 2022 and I’ve made some amazing friends and proudly call this home. We have a coop full of chickens, a second coop with guinea fowls, two cats (Bittles & Itty Bitty), a dog (Zoey), and a blue jay I rescued, (Milagro, A.K.A. Milly).
I graduated with honors from the University of Phoenix. I have a masters degree in education. I’ve taught K-8th grade for sixteen years. Honestly, I didn’t think I would be returning to teaching, until I sat down with Ms. Angie and Ms. Tammy. As I learned about Charlotte Mason, I quickly realized how natural these ideas are to me. As they both explained the ideas of Charlotte Mason, I reflected my own raising of my boys was the same.
I also saw a commonality in my coaching. I was a coach for 20 years in San Diego. I coached boys lacrosse, high school girls’ soccer and softball, and youth soccer when my boys were young. I was an athlete my entire life. I’ve played tennis, soccer, softball, basketball and I’ve ran track. I still play tennis at the competitive level and played competitive soccer up until last year. I took on body building and competed for a couple years. I even played women’s tackle football in TN for one season, which I wouldn’t do again. I now give private softball lessons, teach Yoga classes and give individual fitness training. I was blessed to teach VBS to kindergartners for one summer.
One last tidbit of fun information about Ms. Lara, is that I speak Spanish so I’m looking forward to being a part of the morning Spanish lessons. Please stop by my classroom to say hola anytime!
Gwen Wright - Kindergarten Teacher
I am a native of Santee, SC. I am married to the love of my life, Deacon William Jenkins Wright. Together we are the proud parents of five children: two girls, Diane and Wendy, and three sons, James, David (deceased), and Michael.
I attended South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC, majoring in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Elementary Education.
After traveling for many years, I settled back in Orangeburg County and began working at Orangeburg District 4 in the special needs department. I have worked in the school system for over 16 years. This is my first Charlotte Mason school, and I am really enjoying myself. I can be a Christian at home, at church and now in the workplace. Now I can really do Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.”