2010: Mrs. Tavernier began writing the charter for Coastal Leadership Academy
Spring 2012: CLA was authorized by the SC Public Charter School District
December 2012: CLA board hired Mrs. Tavernier to become the school's first principal
August 28, 2013: The school opened its doors for the first time as 100 high school students began classes in a 12,000 sq ft. renovated warehouse space
Summer 2015: CLA expands and turns an old warehouse bay into a beautiful, functioning classroom
February 2016: Mrs. Mathews, CLA's current principal, accepts her position
May 2016: First annual faculty vs. student basketball game takes place
August 2016: CLA gets its first computer lab
August 2016: Ms. Wang and Ms. Zhou arrive to kick off our Mandarin program provided by USC's Confucius Institute
December 2016: Archers play their first Boys and Girls basketball games against Calvary Christian School.
Melinda has had more than 20 years of experience in education. She has taught all levels in K-12 education and at the college level. Mrs. Tavernier holds a BS in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Winthrop University. She is the founder of Vine and Branches Home Educators, Homeschooling Academic Co-op, Pathways for Scholars and Coastal Leadership Academy. As a school administrator, her passion is to foster a school environment that produces lifelong learners. In 1999, Melinda followed her husband to Conway as he took at position at Coastal Carolina University. The Tavernier's have enjoyed raising their family in the Myrtle Beach area. Ten of those years were spent homeschooling their two children, Alexander and Emilie-Kate. Alexander is now a college graduate and married. Emilie-Kate is a CLA graduate pursuing her PHD.