Trident Academy Announces New Directors

Trident Academy in Mount Pleasant is proud to announce three staff members in new roles at the school.

Valerie Kowbeidu, who has been with Trident since 2015, is the school’s new Lower School Director. Prior to being hired as a classroom teacher at Trident, Valerie worked as a Latin teacher with the Charleston County School District and tutored students in Latin, reading, and math at Life Resources in Mount Pleasant. Mrs. Kowbeidu, a graduate of the College of Charleston, has achieved the Associate level of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and is currently working towards the Certified level. Valerie was a finalist for the 2017 Lower School Teacher of the Year Award from the South Carolina Independent School Association.

Guidance Counselor Caroline O'Neill is a new addition to the Trident team. With an undergraduate degree from Auburn University in rehabilitation and disability studies as well as a minor in psychology, Caroline is currently pursuing her master's degree in clinical counseling at Charleston Southern University. Ms. O’Neill comes with a range of experience in the mental health field, having worked as a caregiver for special needs, an administrative member of a psychiatric firm, and an intern with two private mental health practices.

Jonpaul (Jp) Sticco, most recently a middle and high school history teacher at Trident, has been named the school’s Upper School Director. Jp attended Union College in upstate New York, majoring in history and religion. He went on to receive an M.Ed. in special education, earning his New Jersey State Certification in regular and special education. During the past year, Mr. Sticco also received his M. Ed. in administration from Grand Canyon University.

Trident Academy is a K-12 independent school in Mount Pleasant that, for nearly fifty years, has used the individualized, multi-sensory Orton-Gillingham approach to help transform the lives of students with dyslexia and/or other learning differences.


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