MDCS
Inspiring Students

Middle School – Music

Songbird Burkey – Art Teacher Sarah Elizabeth Burkey (Songbird) is a Recording Artist, Songwriter, and Storyteller whose work has been featured on over 17 albums including Door of the Moon, When the Redbuds Bloom, Don’t Die Yet, and Honeysuckle Vine. She has...

Kindergarten Teacher

Sarah Mwaniki Kindergarten Teacher Welcome to Our Kindergarten World! My name is Ms. Mwaniki and I am thrilled to begin the year with you at Mountain Discovery Charter School. I am from Asheville and have lived in Sylva for the past 13 years. I am married and have a...

First Grade Teacher

Jennifer Harbers Jennifer Harbers moved to Bryson City from California recently with her young son, Rowan. Jennifer moved here to be closer to family and start a new chapter in her life. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and has been involved in many facets...

Second Grade Teacher

Nicole Zmuda Nicole was born and raised in Bryson City, North Carolina. She attended Mountain Discovery Charter School as a student in 4th, 5th, and 8th grades. During this time, she decided she would one day become a teacher and give back to the students at MDCS....

Third Grade Teacher

Alexandra Nichols Alexandra grew up on the southern coast of Massachusetts and she is very excited to begin life here in the mountains as she wants to learn everything she can about hiking, camping, and kayaking. Alexandra grew up playing viola and piano and has...

Fourth Grade Teacher

Londa Bohl Increased responsibility. What a wonderful year fourth grade is. The foundation for many life skills can be introduced in fourth grade as students take on more responsibility for their own learning and behavior. They began to look at time management skills...