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 week includes 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.
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.
Darlene Bryant, B. Ed. - Math and Literacy Interventionist
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Bible. My first teaching jobs were at the primary level in Florida. When my husband and I started a family I felt the Lord directing me to give up my teaching job to stay home. During my stay at home years I homeschooled my three children.
Nine years ago I reentered the paid work force. Four of those nine years I was a classroom teacher at Harvest. In 2021 I accepted a job with Catapult Learning as a Math and Literacy Interventionist. This school year will be my second year as a Catapult employee. My current position allows me to work at Harvest and address the specific needs of students when regular classroom instruction isn’t sufficient. I am able to develop supplementary education plans for students that serves as a companion to the general curriculum.
I am delighted the Lord has placed me in this role where I can help students succeed in areas they may previously have found challenging.
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.
Dana Suttle - Elementary Teacher
I am a “homegrown” southern girl from Greenville, SC where I attended North Greenville University, Greenville Technical College, and USC Upstate. My educational background includes studies in both health sciences and elementary education. I have traveled from home to home as an ABA Therapist to children with autism as well as teaching science and Spanish in traditional classroom setting. The last fews years I have been able to incorporate my experiences to provide incredible homeschool opportunities for my four amazing kiddos.
My husband, Matt, and I are honored to pastor Faith Church Santee along with our children (Judah 11, Arabella 9, Madelyn 8, and Zion 22 months). We LOVE participating in our community and the communities surrounding ours. I enjoy singing, reading, and traveling . . . especially when it includes discovering local ice cream shops. 😉 God has blessed me in more ways than I can count and I am forever grateful to be here at Harvest Community School.
Sheila Aikens, MBA - Primary Teacher
I was born and raised in the state of New Jersey. In 2006, my family moved to South Carolina. I have been teaching special needs students since the 1980's in a variety of settings. I have worked in the private and public school and institutional settings. I enjoy teaching and working with children.
God has made me a positive person so my glass is always half full.