SHAUN McCALLUM, Art & Design Pro
Bit of Background: I was born and raised in upstate SC, but spend the past decade working all over the US. I taught printmaking, photography, and drawing courses for 4 years, ran a collaborative fine art print studio for 3 years, and taught 12th grade visual art for 1 year.
Recent Read: Four Fish, Drift, and Saga
Me in 140: Artist. Student. Educator. Explorer. I believe that art can change the world, and I live for collaborating with others to help create it.
Powerful Quotation: "What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that was has already been said is still not enough." -Eugene Delacroix
Coffee Shop Order: Mexican Mocha and a Chocolate Chip Cookie



MARTY SHIRLEY, Campus Administrator
Bit of Background: I am a native of Belton, but I currently live in Anderson with my wife of 18 years and our two sons (14 and 16). I worked (and managed) my family’s oil delivery business for 12 years before returning to school to finish my degree. I've been an educator at the college and high school level for the past 7 years.
Recent Read: A Cold Dish Craig Johnson
Me in 140: I am husband and a father. I've been musician all my life and I love all types of music, especially country and blues. I'm a Clemson sports fanatic.
Powerful Quotation: "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." --Abraham Lincoln
Coffee Shop Order: Coffee with cream



AUTUMN, Campus Manager
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KRISTY WILLIAMS, Middle School Team Lead
Bit of Background: After spending 9 years with Starbucks, I decided to give back to my community. I went back to school to study biology and become a teacher. I just finished student teaching at Pickens High School and I am thrilled to combine science and my management experience to help young people prepare for life.
Recent Read: Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
Me in 140: Always ready to go on a new adventure and loving those who have been placed in my life.
Powerful Quotation: "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas Edison
Coffee Shop Order: Black Iced Coffee


ETHAN WILSON, Science Pro
Bit of Background: I'm from Piedmont, went to school in Greenville, went to college in Anderson and finished grad school in Clemson.
Recent Read: The Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Me in 140: I probably drink too much coffee, I appreciate a good pen, and I always stop to look at any frogs I see.
Powerful Quotation: “Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” - Groucho Marx
Coffee Shop Order: London Fog, half sugar or a plain, unsweetened latte

 

NEXT SCHOOL NETWORK

NEXT School Eagle Ridge is part of a network of campuses that includes NEXT High School in Greenville, SC. The following Pros serve to build and support both campuses.

Anthony Thomas (click to email)
Director of Finance and Operations
Reading:  Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson; Compassion, Henri Nouwen
Quotable:  "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."  –Maya Angelou
Background:  Second Stage Entrepreneur who complements the Visionary/Marketing Entrepreneur, using senior management organizational development experience in capital markets, small business, nonprofit, franchising and most recently higher education.
Me: I love helping and encouraging others to be their best, albeit with a sense of urgency that appears at times as being impatient.
Coffee shop order:  Tall blonde pour-over with room

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Rose Torres (click to email)
Chief Support Officer
Reading:    Off Season & The Girl Next Door, Jack Ketchum; The Fireman, Joe Hill; Downtown Owl, Chuck Klosterman
Quotable:    "It takes smart choices and dumb luck" –Watsky
Background:    I've been working with The NEXT School since March of 2015. I received my undergraduate degree in 2009. I love startups; proud to be part of an awesome startup school!
Me:    Hard-working, sincere, and kind. Must be outside daily. Lover of animals, books, ideas, exercise, heat & humidity. Quiet and outspoken. 
Coffee shop order:   Chicco di un caffè

Nathan Robinson (click to email)
Chief Program Officer
Reading:    Brain Rules, John Medina; The Girl With All the Gifts, M.R. Carey
Quotable:    "Sapere Aude (Dare to know; dare to be wise)" –Horace
Background:    I've taught English Literature, Creative Writing, Digital Media, and Technology in high school as well as K–8 before showing up to build at NEXT High School in 2015. I call Greenville home, and share it with my wife and 2 daughters.
Me:    Coffee-infused builder, thinker, writer, poet, dad, designer, & husband; here to add value wherever I can; made to make an impact.
Coffee shop order:    Tall black coffee / Tall double breve latte

Zachary Eikenberry (click to email)
Founding CEO
Reading:    The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
Quotable:    “Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.” –GK Chesterton
Background:    I am from a Midwest farming family, studied liberal arts, started multiple businesses, and discovered the joy of building a school. 
Me:    I am simply a person who doesn't know he can't. 
Coffee shop order:    Grande No Water Soy Chai Latte