Mr. Todd Kirk is the overseer of all things on campus. He works for and reports to the Board of Directors of Laurens Academy. His primary responsibility is the viability of the school and the long term success of the institution both financially and in the education services we provide. He can be found driving the bus on field trips, fixing things around campus, visiting classrooms or working the concession stand. His hands on approach makes him accessible to teachers and students as well as families, and fives him firsthand knowledge of what is happening at Laurens Academy.
Assistant Headmaster/Dean of Students
Mrs. Dianne Simmons brings many years of experience as a classroom teacher as well as administrator to Laurens Academy. Her ability to organize and problem solve make her a valuable asset to LA. She is responsible for curriculum details and teacher evaluations. She works closely with Mr. Kirk in handling personnel as well as student concerns. Mrs. Simmons is also in charge of standardized testing and accreditation oversight.
Associate Headmaster/Athletic Director
Travis Plowden is entering his 11th year at Laurens Academy and this will be his 8th as Athletic Director. He is a 2005 graduate of North Greenville University with a degree in history. The first three years of his coaching career were spent at Wardlaw Academy. In 2008 he made the move to Laurens and continued his career at LA. Coach Plowden has been an assistant coach in many sports but has focused mostly on basketball and golf. Since 2012 he has been the varsity boy’s basketball head coach. He teaches several history classes during the day and he is as passionate in the classroom as he is on the court.
Director of Admissions/College Counselor
Mrs. Lisa Kirk is the first person new students and families will meet as they apply to Laurens Academy. She conducts tours, screens students and helps to meet the academic goals of the students who wish to attend LA. As the College Counselor, Mrs. Kirk helps students to identify their strengths and passions and direct them towards the college or career that is the best fit. She also works with our international students to help them transition academically into the American education system and help them to succeed not only in high school, but in college.
Bookkeeper/Lunch Room Coordinator
Mrs. Tammy Tollison has been the bookkeeper at Laurens Academy for over 20 years and has seen the growth in our school both financially as well as operationally. She is responsible for all accounts receivable and payable. She has recently taken on the responsibility of the lunch room, to the delight of many students. She is the one many students and teachers look to for assistance in the gym building since her office is in that facility.
Director of Operations
Mrs. Kimberly Lollis has worked in education for many years in the classroom, the front office and the district office. She brings her years of experience to the central command center of the front desk. Mrs. Lollis' ability to see the perspective of faculty, staff, parents and students, makes her invaluable to our school when it comes to collecting and passing on information. She is a wealth of knowledge and a wonderful resource for Laurens Academy employees, students, families and visitors.
Registrar/Assistant Director of Admissions
Mrs. Lisa Suttles is the assistant director of admissions and works directly with parents and students during the enrollment process including tours and screenings. She is our RenWeb Data Specialist working with our teachers and staff to best manage and utilize classroom information and student records. Mrs. Suttles is also our athletic secretary working alongside A.D., Travis Plowden, keeping our athletic program and Booster Club running smoothly.
Sports Information Director/Social Media Director
Mrs. Tiffany Tarver is a Laurens Academy graduate (c/o 2010). She works closely with the Athletic Director on communications and bookkeeping. She is also the acting media liasion to local sports media outlets. As Director of Social Media, Mrs. Tarver brings creativity and a knowledge of social media marketing to Laurens Academy's internet presence.