Team Members

Diana Lawson

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Diana Lawson, owner of Above and Beyond of the Upstate, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina Upstate in 2005. After graduation, she worked in various settings with young children. In early 2011, she started her career as an Early Interventionist in Greenville county. Over the past

Lauren Cotton

Lauren Cotton

Lauren Cotton, Early Interventionist, graduated from Louisiana State University in 2017 with a dual degree in Elementary/Special Education. After graduation, Lauren moved from her home state of Louisiana to Greenville, South Carolina. She started her professional career as a special education teacher in Simpsonville and worked for 3 years with Kindergarten – 5th grade aged

Kristin McConnell

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Kristin McConnell, Early Interventionist, graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and double minors in Education and Psychology. While attending U of SC, Kristin worked with children in various settings and decided that working with young kids is her passion. In addition to being an EI,

Amber Weber

Amber Weber, Early Interventionist (EI) of Above and Beyond of the Upstate, graduated from the University of South Carolina Upstate in 2020. She received her Bachelor of Science in Experimental Psychology with a minor in Child Advocacy. Amber has almost seven years of experience working with young children. It was through her experience in various

Stephanie Degraffinreid

Stephanie Degraffinreid, Early Interventionist with Above and Beyond of the Upstate is from Spartanburg, SC. Stephanie has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has worked with children that were hard of hearing with music therapy as well as special needs children in various settings. She has many years experience in the daycare setting as a

Maddison Inchiosa

Maddison Inchiosa, Early Interventionist, graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2022 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has spent a lot of time with young children and is passionate about finding the best resources for them. In addition to being an EI, Maddison enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Morgan Jones

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Morgan Jones, Early Interventionist, graduated from Clemson University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Communications. During college, she regularly volunteered in the local elementary schools helping kids one-on-one learn how to read. Morgan grew up in Charleston SC and after graduation moved to Greenville where she taught

Melanie Lockwood – Myrtle Beach

Melanie Lockwood – Early Intervention Supervisor for Above and Beyond of the Upstate. Melanie has over nine years of experience working with special needs children in South Carolina. She is a mother of four amazing children! In Melanie’s free time, she loves working outside or binging Netflix series and movies. Melanie definitely looks forward to

Linda Watkins – Myrtle Beach

Linda Watkins – Early Interventionist for Above and Beyond of the Upstate is a wife of 29 years and the mother of two children. Linda demonstrated her love of teaching as she homeschooled her children throughout their school years. During this time she attained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. Linda spent