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Academic Team

Susan Hardy, M.E.D.

Susan Hardy, M.E.D.
Academic Director and Special Education Specialist/Social Studies & Language Arts

Susan completed her master’s degree in special education at Vanderbilt University. This experience launched her into a career of more than 20 years helping students with behavioral and learning needs and their families. Her first position was as a special education teacher in central Tennessee. She joined Three Springs Duck River as director of education, where she helped create a positive academic experience for the students. Under Susan’s leadership, Duck River was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Susan’s skills led her to become administrator of a program in southern Arizona with tribal Native American students, their families and their spiritual elders. Susan next embarked on successfully growing a wilderness program in the Adirondacks of New York State. The long winters and intense cold have brought her back to the mid-South where Susan created a world-class special education school for boys with ADHD.

Outside the classroom, Susan enjoys meditation and delights in spending time with her three grandchildren. A lifelong birder, she is also an avid gardener, specializing in native plantings that feed birds and butterflies.

Carla Silver

Carla Silver
Language Arts & Social Studies Teacher

Carla received her bachelor’s degree in literature education from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and is certified in elementary, middle school, and high school language arts. Carla has been teaching elementary school for three years and helping students with reading challenges. She enjoys working with our students, rekindling their love of learning.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking, crocheting and writing, as well as traveling with her husband. She loves to read, listen to music and spend time with family and friends.

James Becker

James Becker
Science Teacher

James earned his bachelor’s degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 1999. After a decade in the business world, he attended UNC at Asheville to earn a North Carolina teaching license in comprehensive science.

James teaches all grade levels at Lake House. His passion for science and teaching is evident as soon as you step into his classroom. Surrounded by an inspiring natural setting, he believes experiential learning should be a facet of every lesson. James builds excitement for science with our girls by incorporating this philosophy for every grade level and subject.

Outside the classroom, James spends time with his wife and son. He also leads and organizes play for the Asheville Pathfinder Lodge as their Venture Captain.

Kate Berrios

Kate Berrios
History and Social Studies

Kate completed her bachelor’s degree in history in 2015 with two years of archaeological experience in the field and laboratory. She enjoyed 7 years experience as an in-home educator for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental delays utilizing ABA, VB-ABA, and sensory-integrative approaches to maximize therapeutic and educational potential. During this time, she also worked as a volunteer educator for the Hands On! Children’s Museum and a fundraising event director for the Northeast Georgia Speech Center. She is currently finishing her master’s degree in public history at Southern New Hampshire University.

As the parent of a special needs child, Kate believes lessons must be adapted to each student’s unique learning style and that history, in particular, affords many opportunities for engaging with empathy and the human experience.

Outside of Lake House, Kate enjoys spending time with her family, learning new languages, attending cultural events, blacksmithing, waterskiing, and cooking.

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