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Ms Erin Johnson

ejohnson@heathwood.org

Early Childhood

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Natalie Ashenfelter

EC & LS Science Teacher
ashenfeltern@heathwood.org
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Barbara Bryan

EC & LS Music Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
bbryan@heathwood.org
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Barbara Bryan

EC & LS Music Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
bbryan@heathwood.org
Barbara Bryan joined the Heathwood faculty in 1985. In addition to teaching music to Early Childhood and Lower School students over the years, she has established Heathwood’s long tradition of outstanding drama and chorus for its younger students.  She directs the Lower School Chorus as well as grade-level musicals in the Lower School and prepares the children for various music programs that are held throughout the school year. 

Prior to coming to Heathwood, Barbara attended Salem College for two years, received a B.A. in music education from USC, and taught music in Lookout Mountain, TN. and Fairfield County. She has two sons who are graduates of Heathwood, and her husband Tom retired from teaching 8th grade history in 2013.
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Amanda Cox

EC & Lower School Head
acox@heathwood.org
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Amanda Cox

EC & Lower School Head
acox@heathwood.org
Amanda Cox is a Heathwood parent of three children.  She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University, and M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina.  Amanda has spent her career as a teacher at Spartanburg Day School, a preschool director in both Charlotte and Spartanburg and has taught as an adjunct instructor in the Early Childhood Department at Spartanburg Community College and the University of South Carolina. 

“I am excited each and every day to be at Heathwood.   We provide students the opportunity to investigate, inquire and explore while learning.  Children at Heathwood take ownership of their learning early on in their educational experience and are active and engaged in the learning process whether they are two years old or a senior in the Upper School. We don’t just want our students to be successful in school, we want them to be successful in life, and I love seeing how active, experiential learning gives our students the tools and the confidence to be more successful at everything they do.”
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Mandi Dargan

EC4 Lead Teacher
mdargan@heathwood.org
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Lauren Delk

EC2 Lead Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
M.A.T. College of Charleston
delkl@heathwood.org
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Lauren Delk

EC2 Lead Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
M.A.T. College of Charleston
delkl@heathwood.org
Prior to joining the Heathwood faculty, Lauren Delk taught both Kindergarten and Second Grade in Richland School District Two. She also has experience working in the Threes class at Ashley Hall in Charleston, SC.  She received her Master of Arts in Teaching Early Childhood Education from the College of Charleston in 2013 and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of South Carolina in 2008.

“I enjoy the joy and endless curiosity that I am able to experience in working with young children each day.”
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Rosa Diaz-Grant

EC & LS Spanish Teacher
B.S. Universidad Catolica de Guayaquil, Ecuador
M.A. Ball State University
M.A. Universidad de Leon, Espana
rdiaz@heathwood.org
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Rosa Diaz-Grant

EC & LS Spanish Teacher
B.S. Universidad Catolica de Guayaquil, Ecuador
M.A. Ball State University
M.A. Universidad de Leon, Espana
rdiaz@heathwood.org
Señora Rosa is originally from Ecuador, where she worked as an educator and psychologist. She continued her work as an educator here in the United States, teaching ages that span from three years old into Adulthood.  She enjoys teaching Spanish and intentionally exposing others to rich Hispanic culture.

“As an educator, I strive to motivate my students to develop an interest in the Spanish language and the Hispanic culture.  Here at Heathwood Hall, young learners acquire their foreign language in a natural way and are always working towards proficiency.”
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Jennifer Falvey

EC & LS Librarian
jfalvey@heathwood.org
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Julie Fewell

K Associate Teacher
jfewell@heathwood.org
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Kamryn Hall

EC4 Associate Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
hallk@heathwood.org
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Kamryn Hall

EC4 Associate Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
hallk@heathwood.org
Kamryn Hall joined the Heathwood Hall faculty in the spring of 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina in Early Childhood Education. Kamryn loves the opportunity she has to help the children at Heathwood learn and grow every day. 

"I adore that every experience is a learning experience with young children. You can see the curiosity in their eyes. Their passion and excitement for learning new things makes every day so rewarding!"
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Jenny Holder

EC & LS Counselor
jholder@heathwood.org
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Jill Letchworth

EC2 Associate Teacher
B.S. Winthrop University
M.Ed. Winthrop University
letchworthj@heathwood.org
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Jill Letchworth

EC2 Associate Teacher
B.S. Winthrop University
M.Ed. Winthrop University
letchworthj@heathwood.org
Jill Letchworth has 30 years of experience teaching in independent schools. She loves children of all ages and looks forward to working with children and families at Heathwood. 

“With my high level of energy and creative tendencies, I plan to help these children develop necessary skills throughout the school year and observe their growth through the eyes of a grandmother!”
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Becky Funderburk

EC3 Lead Teacher
B.A. Clemson University
noyesb@heathwood.org
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Becky Funderburk

EC3 Lead Teacher
B.A. Clemson University
noyesb@heathwood.org
Becky Funderburk joined the Heathwood faculty in 2016. She has taught preschool, kindergarten, 2nd and 5th grades.  She has spent most of her career teaching at Wilson Hall, but went back to public school two years ago.  Becky has spent time at Heathwood over the years bringing her children to sporting events when they played for Wilson Hall.  She is thrilled to join the faculty at Heathwood
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Molly Roddey

EC4 Lead Teacher
mroddey@heathwood.org
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Alicia Silldorff

EC & LS Administrative Assistant
silldorffa@heathwood.org
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Elizabeth Snow

EC & LS Learning Specialist
B.A. Sewanee
M.Ed. South Carolina State University
snowe@heathwood.org
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Elizabeth Snow

EC & LS Learning Specialist
B.A. Sewanee
M.Ed. South Carolina State University
snowe@heathwood.org
Elizabeth Snow joined the Heathwood Hall faculty as a teacher in the Lower School Transition Program at the beginning of the 2009-10 school year. She came to Heathwood with thirty-five years of teaching experience focused on academic strategies and interventions for students with learning disabilities. Her experience is primarily in public school teaching and administration in the states of Georgia and South Carolina. Elizabeth has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of South Carolina and as an instructor in the Education Department at Columbia College. 

As a child, Elizabeth knew she wanted to teach, even going so far as to encourage her young neighbors to come play “school”.   Her strong belief that every student has the potential to positively impact his/her world motivates her to help students recognize their strengths and accomplish their goals. 
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Brian White

EC & LS PE Teacher
B.S. St. Joseph's College
whiteb@heathwood.org
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Brian White

EC & LS PE Teacher
B.S. St. Joseph's College
whiteb@heathwood.org
Brian White joined Heathwood Hall Athletics in the fall of 2013 as Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach, and became a Lower School PE teacher in the fall of 2015.  Brian received his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and minor in business administration from St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine.  While attending St. Joe’s, he played baseball and soccer.  He received the Male Scholar Athlete Award from 2004-2006. 

Prior to joining Heathwood, Brian was a Program Coordinator of Athletics and Athletic Fields Manager for the Gorham Recreation Department in Gorham, Maine.  While in Maine he was the JV Basketball Coach for Bonny Eagle High School and Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach as well as the Head JV Boys Soccer Coach and Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach for Cheverus High School for 4 years.  He has coached Baseball, Basketball and Soccer from the Middle School to the Varsity level for the past 12 years.  

“Being a physical education teacher and coach allows me to instill positive and healthy lifestyle choices through sport and exercise, which will impact students for life.” 
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Erin Woodis

EC2 Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
M.Ed. University of South Carolina
woodise@heathwood.org
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Erin Woodis

EC2 Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
M.Ed. University of South Carolina
woodise@heathwood.org
Erin Woodis joined the Heathwood faculty in August of 2016.  Prior to joining Heathwood, Erin was a first grade teacher in Richland School District 2. She received her Master of Education from USC in 2010 and her Bachelor’s of Art degree from USC as well in 2007. 

"I love teaching at Heathwood because I am able to guide my students into a world of learning through discovery."

Lower School

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Natalie Ashenfelter

EC & LS Science Teacher
ashenfeltern@heathwood.org
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Kim Bain

3rd Grade Lead Teacher
B.A. Converse College
M.Ed. Georgia State University
kbain@heathwood.org
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Kim Bain

3rd Grade Lead Teacher
B.A. Converse College
M.Ed. Georgia State University
kbain@heathwood.org
Kim Bain is certified in Elementary and Middle Grades education in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Most of her career has been in North Carolina public and independent schools. She and her husband, Donnie (Director, Columbia Connections), have 30-plus years of running a residential summer camp in Tuxedo, North Carolina. She is an experienced educator, having taught pre-school, elementary, and middle grades. She is starting her 8th year at Heathwood Hall as a third grade teacher.

“I recently saw this quote that sums up why I have devoted my life to helping others achieve their full potential.  ‘Teaching: The profession that creates all other professions.’"
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Daphne Blackstone

1st Grade Associate Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
dblackstone@heathwood.org
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Daphne Blackstone

1st Grade Associate Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
dblackstone@heathwood.org
Daphne Blackstone joined the faculty at Heathwood in 2013 after working in the Development Office for many years as the Auction Coordinator and Parent Liaison. As a parent of three previous Heathwood students, Daphne has been a part of the Heathwood Hall family for over 16 years. Her passion for school spirit has led her to serve on the Highlander Club board, coach cheerleading, and coordinate the Lower School Spirit Club. These combined experiences have influenced her strong commitment to building a sense of community in and out of the classroom at Heathwood Hall.

"We have the unique opportunity at Heathwood to ‘grow up’ together. It is a privilege to be a part of a school community that allows strong relationships with parents and students to develop, academic and life skills to be taught, and faith to be strengthened. I have felt blessed to watch children grow and continue to follow their progress here long after they leave the Lower School."
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Sarah Bolden

2nd Grade Lead Teacher
B.A. Clemson University
M.Ed. Nova Southeastern University
sbolden@heathwood.org
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Sarah Bolden

2nd Grade Lead Teacher
B.A. Clemson University
M.Ed. Nova Southeastern University
sbolden@heathwood.org
Sarah Bolden joined the Heathwood Hall family in June of 2015. Prior to joining Heathwood, Sarah was a first grade teacher for five years and a Kindergarten teacher for four years in Charleston, SC. She received her Bachelor’s in 2006 and Master’s in 2008. Sarah fell in love with Heathwood as soon as she stepped on campus for her interview. Heathwood allows each child to be celebrated and recognized for their unique potential. This is so important to Sarah and her teaching philosophy. Her goal is to foster this in each student and make treasured memories in the classroom.

“It’s in the in-between

That the real magic happens…

The seeds are planted,

The roots take hold…

And we blossom into

Who we were meant to be…”

Kristen Jongen
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Melissa Brookshire

K Associate Teacher
mbrookshire@heathwood.org
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Barbara Bryan

EC & LS Music Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
bbryan@heathwood.org
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Barbara Bryan

EC & LS Music Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
bbryan@heathwood.org
Barbara Bryan joined the Heathwood faculty in 1985. In addition to teaching music to Early Childhood and Lower School students over the years, she has established Heathwood’s long tradition of outstanding drama and chorus for its younger students.  She directs the Lower School Chorus as well as grade-level musicals in the Lower School and prepares the children for various music programs that are held throughout the school year. 

Prior to coming to Heathwood, Barbara attended Salem College for two years, received a B.A. in music education from USC, and taught music in Lookout Mountain, TN. and Fairfield County. She has two sons who are graduates of Heathwood, and her husband Tom retired from teaching 8th grade history in 2013.
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Amanda Cox

EC & Lower School Head
acox@heathwood.org
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Amanda Cox

EC & Lower School Head
acox@heathwood.org
Amanda Cox is a Heathwood parent of three children.  She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University, and M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina.  Amanda has spent her career as a teacher at Spartanburg Day School, a preschool director in both Charlotte and Spartanburg and has taught as an adjunct instructor in the Early Childhood Department at Spartanburg Community College and the University of South Carolina. 

“I am excited each and every day to be at Heathwood.   We provide students the opportunity to investigate, inquire and explore while learning.  Children at Heathwood take ownership of their learning early on in their educational experience and are active and engaged in the learning process whether they are two years old or a senior in the Upper School. We don’t just want our students to be successful in school, we want them to be successful in life, and I love seeing how active, experiential learning gives our students the tools and the confidence to be more successful at everything they do.”
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Rosa Diaz-Grant

EC & LS Spanish Teacher
B.S. Universidad Catolica de Guayaquil, Ecuador
M.A. Ball State University
M.A. Universidad de Leon, Espana
rdiaz@heathwood.org
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Rosa Diaz-Grant

EC & LS Spanish Teacher
B.S. Universidad Catolica de Guayaquil, Ecuador
M.A. Ball State University
M.A. Universidad de Leon, Espana
rdiaz@heathwood.org
Señora Rosa is originally from Ecuador, where she worked as an educator and psychologist. She continued her work as an educator here in the United States, teaching ages that span from three years old into Adulthood.  She enjoys teaching Spanish and intentionally exposing others to rich Hispanic culture.

“As an educator, I strive to motivate my students to develop an interest in the Spanish language and the Hispanic culture.  Here at Heathwood Hall, young learners acquire their foreign language in a natural way and are always working towards proficiency.”
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Katherine Draffin

3rd Grade Associate Teacher
kdraffin@heathwood.org
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Jennifer Falvey

EC & LS Librarian
jfalvey@heathwood.org
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Hope Halfacre-Bryant

1st Grade Lead Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
M.A. Columbia College
hbryant@heathwood.org
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Hope Halfacre-Bryant

1st Grade Lead Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
M.A. Columbia College
hbryant@heathwood.org
Hope Halfacre-Bryant joined the Heathwood Hall faculty in 2016.  Hope previously taught second grade in Lexington School District One for eight years.  Along with several advanced degrees, Hope also has a certification in Technology for the Classroom.  She enjoys creating and developing innovative lessons for her students that give them authentic learning experiences that can help them relate what they are learning in school to the real world.  She is especially excited about Heathwood Hall’s new program, Columbia Connections.  

Hope is currently finishing up her dissertation writing on Divorced Father Involvement in Elementary Schools and hopes to fulfill her doctoral degree requirements by the end of the 2016-17 school year.  She is passionate about being a lifelong learner and hopes to instill the same love of learning in her students.  

Hope has won many awards, such as the University of South Carolina’s Early Childhood Education Outstanding Senior Award and Caroliniana Award for commitment to leadership and philanthropic advancement. She is a four-time recipient of the Palmetto State Teachers Association Scholarship for Teacher Advancement, and a finalist for Teacher of the Year at her previous school.  Hope strongly believes in teaching the whole child, honoring each child’s strengths and building upon their weaknesses.  She views her students as the next generation of leaders, doctors, lawyers, scientists, researchers, teachers, etc. and understands the importance of teaching them how to be lovers of learning, well-rounded individuals, passionate philanthropists, and faithful followers of God.  Hope looks forward to embarking on an incredible journey with her first grade students this year!

“Since the first time I stepped on the Heathwood Hall campus, I have felt at home.  I remember the first time I drove out of the gates and thought to myself that I wanted to turn my car back around and never leave campus. I found so much peace and joy at Heathwood Hall and I am ecstatic to join the incredible faculty at Heathwood!”
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Robin Harris

3rd Grade Associate Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
MLIS Universitiy of South Carolina
rharris@heathwood.org
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Robin Harris

3rd Grade Associate Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
MLIS Universitiy of South Carolina
rharris@heathwood.org
Robin Harris is a licensed public educator who has had a long career in education.  After 30 years as a school Media Specialist, Robin Harris retired in 2014 but quickly realized how much she missed working with children, and took a position in Heathwood’s Afternoon Express.  That led to her current position as a third grade associate teacher, which she has held since 2015.  

“I love being part of the Heathwood community. As a former librarian I believe that reading is the foundation for all education. We work hard in third grade to expose our students to all types of literature. We want foster a love of reading so that each of our students becomes a lifelong reader.”
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Cathy Heard

2nd Grade Associate Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
M.Ed. University of South Carolina
cheard@heathwood.org
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Cathy Heard

2nd Grade Associate Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
M.Ed. University of South Carolina
cheard@heathwood.org
Cathy heard has spent most of her long and distinguished teaching career at Heathwood Hall. After completing graduate school, Cathy began teaching at Wildewood School, where she set up and taught in its first kindergarten class. During her six years at Wildewood, she also taught English to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.  For several years, Cathy taught English to adults at Logan Education Center.  In 1981, she became a second grade teacher at Heathwood Hall.  Along with art teacher Salley Ashley, she developed and taught after-school writing and art classes entitled "Ink-Slingers," which inspired "Creations," lower school's anthology of writing and art.  While at Heathwood, Cathy has taught kindergarten, pre-first, second, third, and fourth grades.  In 2011, she changed from being a lead teacher to an associate teacher to allow more time for family commitments.  During her time at Heathwood, she has enjoyed working on "Creations" and Commencement and volunteering backstage during drama productions.  This is Cathy's thirty-third year at Heathwood. 

“For over three decades, I have loved being part of a community with a collaborative faculty who embraces strong academics, athletics, and the arts and strives to prepare students for a life well-lived.”
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Jenny Holder

EC & LS Counselor
jholder@heathwood.org
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Lynn Humphrey

LS PE Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
M.S. University of South Carolina
lhumphrey@heathwood.org
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Lynn Humphrey

LS PE Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
M.S. University of South Carolina
lhumphrey@heathwood.org
The 2016-2017 school year marks Lynn Humphrey’s 32nd year at Heathwood. She has served as Middle School Physical Education teacher and as Varsity Softball, Middle School Girls Basketball, and Varsity Volleyball coach. She is currently teaching Lower School Physical Education and is head coach of the Girls and Boys Golf programs. The Girl’s team was State Champions in 2007, and runner up in 2008, 2009, and 2010. The Boy’s team places in the top 10 consistently each year with several players, both male and female, earning top honors. 

Coach Humphrey is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s (’84) and Master’s (’93) in Physical Education. She has competed in the ReMax Long Drivers of America, placing 22 out of 48 women in the World Championships in 2004. She won the Sonic Women’s City Championship in 2009, and competed in the EWGA’s National Championship in California in 2011 and placed in the top 5 in 2015. She is a member the EWGA of Columbia along with being a current member of the USGA. 

“Heathwood is such a great place. Being able to work with students in the Lower School and watch them grow into young adults, all on one campus, is so special.”  
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Michelle Johnson

1st Grade Lead Teacher
johnsonm@heathwood.org
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Mala Kapur

1st Grade Associate Teacher
B.A. Delhi University
mkapur@heathwood.org
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Mala Kapur

1st Grade Associate Teacher
B.A. Delhi University
mkapur@heathwood.org
Lower School Associate Teacher Mala Kapur has been part of the Heathwood faculty for the past 12 years. She has taught the EC-3s, Kindergarten and First Grade. Mala brings a great passion for creativity and student-centered learning to the Lower School. She has a knack for helping 1st graders turn their stories into amazing published pieces!  She is also the parent of two Heathwood Alumni.

"The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the sparkle in a student's eye- the ‘AHA moment’-the excitement when something clicks, and they make a connection."
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Kellie McElveen

2nd Grade Lead Teacher
B.A. Columbia College
kmcelveen@heathwood.org
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Kellie McElveen

2nd Grade Lead Teacher
B.A. Columbia College
kmcelveen@heathwood.org
Kellie McElveen is a Columbia native and has a lifelong relationship with Heathwood Hall. She began her teaching career at Heathwood in 1999, remaining for three years before staying home for several years with her children. After 3 years as a preschool teacher at Shandon United Methodist, she returned to Heathwood in the fall of 2010.

“Teaching at Heathwood allows me the opportunity to guide, teach, and nurture the continuing development of the whole child!”
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Kelsey Sawyer

3rd Grade Lead Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
sawyerk@heathwood.org
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Kelsey Sawyer

3rd Grade Lead Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
sawyerk@heathwood.org
Kelsey Sawyer is certified to teach in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Texas.  For the past two years she has taught at an International Baccalaureate school in Dallas, Texas.  Kelsey has a passion for teaching, as well as a thirst for her scholars to achieve excellence. 

My dream is that all of my scholars will grow curious about the world by developing into global citizens.  I believe in creating authentic educational experiences for my class and in having strong relationships with my students.”  
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Anna Schafer

K Lead Teacher
B.S. University of Georgia
M.Ed. Cambridge College
schafera@heathwood.org
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Anna Schafer

K Lead Teacher
B.S. University of Georgia
M.Ed. Cambridge College
schafera@heathwood.org
Anna Schafer joined the Heathwood Hall faculty in the Fall of 2013. After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2003 from the University of Georgia with a major in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Science in Education degree, Anna continued living in Athens, Georgia, where she taught first grade for two years at Bethlehem Elementary School.  In 2005, Anna moved to Columbia and taught kindergarten at Congaree-Wood Early Childhood Center in Lexington Two School District for eight years.  She received her MED in Literacy Education from Cambridge College in 2006.  Anna has a total of thirteen years of teaching experience, eleven of which have been at the kindergarten level. 

“I love teaching at Heathwood, where I have the opportunity to get to know my students and teach through their interest. The excitement of the children becomes contagious as they get involved with a study of interest. I discover and learn new things with the children, and that makes each and every day a new adventure in learning!”
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Frances Shainwald

K Lead Teacher
B.A. Columbia College
M.Ed. University of South Carolina
fshainwald@heathwood.org
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Frances Shainwald

K Lead Teacher
B.A. Columbia College
M.Ed. University of South Carolina
fshainwald@heathwood.org
Frances Shainwald joined the Heathwood Hall faculty in the 2013-2014 school year as an associate teacher in the Early Childhood division. She began teaching kindergarten in the 2015-2016 school year. Prior to beginning her teaching at Heathwood Hall, she spent several years as a toddler and preschool teacher in local church early childhood programs. She holds a B.A. in Child and Family Studies from Columbia College and will complete her Master’s in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina in December of 2016. Frances has also been active in volunteer work involving child advocacy and education, including acting as a Guardian ad Litem with Richland County CASA, mentoring and tutoring students in a Richland One School, and working as an after school program volunteer at Jubilee Academy. 

“The early years of a child’s life are highly critical in shaping who they become has adults. An effective kindergarten environment strives to honor that development by fostering positive learning experiences, nurturing teacher-student relationships, and offering plenty of opportunities for exploration and experimentation throughout the school year. Kindergarten students can thrive in a classroom that considers their individual strengths, backgrounds, interests, and needs.”
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Alicia Silldorff

EC & LS Administrative Assistant
silldorffa@heathwood.org
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Lauren Smith

4th Grade Associate Teacher
smithl@heathwood.org
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Elizabeth Snow

EC & LS Learning Specialist
B.A. Sewanee
M.Ed. South Carolina State University
snowe@heathwood.org
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Elizabeth Snow

EC & LS Learning Specialist
B.A. Sewanee
M.Ed. South Carolina State University
snowe@heathwood.org
Elizabeth Snow joined the Heathwood Hall faculty as a teacher in the Lower School Transition Program at the beginning of the 2009-10 school year. She came to Heathwood with thirty-five years of teaching experience focused on academic strategies and interventions for students with learning disabilities. Her experience is primarily in public school teaching and administration in the states of Georgia and South Carolina. Elizabeth has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of South Carolina and as an instructor in the Education Department at Columbia College. 

As a child, Elizabeth knew she wanted to teach, even going so far as to encourage her young neighbors to come play “school”.   Her strong belief that every student has the potential to positively impact his/her world motivates her to help students recognize their strengths and accomplish their goals. 
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Brian White

EC & LS PE Teacher
B.S. St. Joseph's College
whiteb@heathwood.org
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Brian White

EC & LS PE Teacher
B.S. St. Joseph's College
whiteb@heathwood.org
Brian White joined Heathwood Hall Athletics in the fall of 2013 as Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach, and became a Lower School PE teacher in the fall of 2015.  Brian received his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and minor in business administration from St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine.  While attending St. Joe’s, he played baseball and soccer.  He received the Male Scholar Athlete Award from 2004-2006. 

Prior to joining Heathwood, Brian was a Program Coordinator of Athletics and Athletic Fields Manager for the Gorham Recreation Department in Gorham, Maine.  While in Maine he was the JV Basketball Coach for Bonny Eagle High School and Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach as well as the Head JV Boys Soccer Coach and Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach for Cheverus High School for 4 years.  He has coached Baseball, Basketball and Soccer from the Middle School to the Varsity level for the past 12 years.  

“Being a physical education teacher and coach allows me to instill positive and healthy lifestyle choices through sport and exercise, which will impact students for life.” 
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Brooke Whiteman

3rd Grade Lead Teacher
whitemanb@heathwood.org

Middle School

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Rob Bauer

MS Math Teacher
B.A. Long Beach State
M.A. Cal-State - Dominguez Hills
rbauer@heathwood.org
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Rob Bauer

MS Math Teacher
B.A. Long Beach State
M.A. Cal-State - Dominguez Hills
rbauer@heathwood.org
Rob Bauer joined the Heathwood Hall faculty in the Spring of 2008 and has taught 5-7 grades in math and algebra. In addition to a Masters Degree in educational administration, Rob holds a CLAD certification to teach English to 2nd language learners. He has also completed the Lexington-Richland 5 leadership academy. Rob taught in public school classes for 15 years before coming to Heathwood and has also been the director of the LOGIC Technology Magnet at Lincoln School in Long Beach, CA.

“After becoming a husband and then a father, I became a better teacher because I gave more of my heart in my teaching.  I learned success, I learned failure, I learned humility, I learned forgiveness, and most of all, after all my years of teaching hundreds of wonderful students, I continue to learn."
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Bonnie Bruner

MS Administrative Assistant
brunerb@heathwood.org
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Pam Bulak

MS Science Teacher
B.A. Elizabethtown College
M.A. College of Charleston
pbulak@heathwood.org
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Pam Bulak

MS Science Teacher
B.A. Elizabethtown College
M.A. College of Charleston
pbulak@heathwood.org
Originally from New Jersey, Pamela Bulak has taught in public schools in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and South Carolina, and she is grateful to be part of the Heathwood Hall Middle School teaching math and science, grades 6-8, for 30 years.  She is a member of NSTA and has been awarded Teacher of the Year and the Gasque Fellowship.  She has won awards for her artwork, which also informs her teaching.  

“My hope is that my students will become healthy, thoughtful, and knowledgeable citizen-scientists; observant, curious, and respectful of the world around them, and eager to tackle personal and professional challenges in environmental, biological, and health-related sciences.”
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Frances Choe

US Registrar
MS French Teacher
B.A. Wofford College
M.A. University of South Carolina
fchoe@heathwood.org
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Frances Choe

US Registrar
MS French Teacher
B.A. Wofford College
M.A. University of South Carolina
fchoe@heathwood.org
Frances Choe currently serves as Heathwood Hall’s Upper School Registrar, AP Test Coordinator, Assistant to the College Counseling Office, and Middle School French Instructor. At Wofford College, she earned the academic achievement awards and departmental scholarships for both of her major fields of study, and worked as a French tutor for both fellow undergraduate and local high school students. Her passion for the French language also heavily influenced the development of her Masters Thesis, which focused on the dynamics of race and gender in post-WWII France and Germany. During her first year at Heathwood, she co-taught Heathwood Hall’s English Enrichment course, an immersive language and culture course required of all first-year international students.

“Heathwood creates an environment which both nurtures its students’ passions and gives them the tools they need to pursue and realize their goals. Whether it is running for student office, managing submissions for the annual arts and literary magazine, or initiating research projects and student-teacher mentorships with faculty on campus or at local universities, Heathwood students learn how to be their own best advocates for success.”
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Lynn Cooper

MS English Teacher
B.A. College of Charleston
M.A.T. University of South Carolina
lcooper@heathwood.org
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Lynn Cooper

MS English Teacher
B.A. College of Charleston
M.A.T. University of South Carolina
lcooper@heathwood.org
Lynn Cooper is a Heathwood alumna (’96) and graduated from the College of Charleston in 2000, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English before earning her Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of South Carolina in 2004. While at the University of South Carolina, she completed teaching internships at both Mid-Carolina High School and Summit Parkway Middle School. Lynn first joined the Heathwood faculty in 2004, teaching 7th grade Humanities. She taught in the Middle School for several years and served as a tutor in the Academic Achievement Center before taking a few years off to spend time with her two young daughters, Vivien and Mary Burwell. Lynn returned to Heathwood in 2009 and has taught Composition and Literature, American Literature, World Literature, and English Enrichment at various levels in the Upper School. With her husband Robert (HHES class of ’93), Lynn also serves as a host parent to Coco Yuan, a Heathwood sophomore from Shanghai, China.

“I became an English teacher because I believe that books can be used as tools to build empathy and understanding in our society. Stories transform children and allow them to see the world from new eyes, preparing them for the many diverse people they will encounter in their personal and professional lives. Literature also offers our students a quiet, much needed escape from our busy culture. Franz Kafka once wrote, ‘A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us,’ and I agree fully. By reading daily, students master new vocabulary and begin to recognize and to emulate the patterns of strong writing, learning to express themselves articulately.”
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Janis Corley

MS & US Choral Director
B.A.
jcorley@heathwood.org
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Janis Corley

MS & US Choral Director
B.A.
jcorley@heathwood.org
Middle School and Upper School choral director Janis Corley has 30 years of teaching experience in both North Carolina and South Carolina. She has taught PreK-12th grades. She has also taught private piano lessons, directed church choirs, been the musical director for several community theatres, and has been a performing musician.

“Music is not what I do, it is who I am.”
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Patty Dennis

MS LD Specialist
dennisp@heathwood.org
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John Duhan

MS & US Band Director
B.M. University of South Carolina
jduhan@heathwood.org
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John Duhan

MS & US Band Director
B.M. University of South Carolina
jduhan@heathwood.org
John Duhan began directing the Highlander Band program in the fall of 2003. He also teaches AP Music Theory, provides piano accompaniment for chapel services PEAK Outdoor program. During his tenure, the bands have adopted the principle of “serving our community through music” by performing at sporting events, chapel services, school concerts, and other events. Individual band members have consistently earned chairs in the SCBDA Region III Honor Bands. John is also active in the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Chorister program. His passion for outdoor adventure, particularly with backpacking and whitewater kayaking, developed from the opportunities made available to him through the PEAK program at Heathwood Hall.

“It is a joyful experience for me to witness the deep connections our community of students, faculty, parents, and alums form in so many ways and in so many places. From the band room to a mountain summit, in the chapel and serving in the homes of those in need, I have witnessed strangers becoming friends, and children becoming adults. My life has been changed and formed from the experience of being part of the Heathwood Community.”
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Rich Edwards

MS Assistant Head and Academic Dean
B.A. Sewanee
M.Ed. Lesley University
Ph.D. Capella University
redwards@heathwood.org
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Rich Edwards

MS Assistant Head and Academic Dean
B.A. Sewanee
M.Ed. Lesley University
Ph.D. Capella University
redwards@heathwood.org
Rich Edwards joined Heathwood Hall in August, 2008. For the last 22 years, 8 of those at Heathwood Hall, Rich has held a variety of roles, from teaching five history classes in the Middle School to being an athletic director for nine of those years to directing the summer programs at two different schools.  Rich has been coaching basketball, for boys and girls, and football over that time at every possible level.  Currently, Rich is in his fourth year as the Dean of Students in the middle school and teaches one 7th grade World Geography/World History class.  Plus, he just took over the entire girls’ basketball program at Heathwood this past May.  Rich is married to his wonderful wife, Paige, and they have three children (Thomas (11th), Brooke (8th), and Emma (4th)) who are all Highlanders!  

“Students in the Middle School are in the midst of discovering who they are and who they want to be.  It is wonderful to be a small cog within these transformative years of our students.  The students at Heathwood truly thrive in our educational environment, which promotes enthusiastic diligence, true stewardship, and critical thinking."
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Robert Ellington

MS Physics Teacher
B.A. University of Kentucky
M.Ed. Charleston Southern University
rellington@heathwood.org
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Robert Ellington

MS Physics Teacher
B.A. University of Kentucky
M.Ed. Charleston Southern University
rellington@heathwood.org
In the 2016-2017 school year, Robert begins his 13th year as Heathwood’s 8th Grade Science Teacher.  Prior to joining the Highlanders, Robert taught Middle and Upper School English in Kentucky and at Colleton Preparatory Academy in Walterboro.  He then moved on Holly Hill Academy where he taught science and history and coached basketball and volleyball.  Since moving to Columbia, Robert has enjoyed teaching 8th grade Physical Science and being a member of the Highlander community.  In addition to this Physical Science class, Robert has also taught Upper School Physics and College Chemistry at Midlands Technical College.

“My goal is for students to leave the 8th grade with a greater appreciation for science process skills.  Students are not asked to memorize material for a set of tests, but to learn problem solving techniques and skills that will serve them well in all future science classes.”
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Jason Giovannone

MS Science Teacher
B.S. University of South Carolina
jgiovannone@heathwood.org
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Jason Giovannone

MS Science Teacher
B.S. University of South Carolina
jgiovannone@heathwood.org
Jason Giovannone joined the Heathwood Hall faculty in the fall of 2013. Prior to joining Heathwood, Jason collected and tested water samples for an independent lab. He was an educator and avian keeper at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. He received his B.S. in Middle School Education from the University of South Carolina.

“I love that we are encouraged to explore and use our campus to enhance our teaching and develop a natural wonder in all of our students. Our beautiful 133-acre campus includes various habitats and learning environments that extend my teaching from a traditional four walled classroom.”
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Stacy Gross

MS Counselor
B.A. Randolph-Macon Women's College
Ed.S., M.Ed. University of South Carolina
sgross@heathwood.org
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Stacy Gross

MS Counselor
B.A. Randolph-Macon Women's College
Ed.S., M.Ed. University of South Carolina
sgross@heathwood.org
Stacy Gross returned to the Heathwood faculty in the spring of 2015 following a period of several years in which she ran her family’s flooring business. Upon graduating as a “lifer” from Heathwood in 1995, Stacy completed her B.A. in Psychology with a Concentration in Sociology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1999. She received an Ed.S and M.Ed in School Counseling from USC in 2002 while working as an ECLC Associate and Afternoon Express teacher. Following completion of her graduate degree, Stacy served as a School Counselor at E.L. Wright Middle School in Columbia 4 years, then remained a stay-at-home-mom to her children until 2011.

”Heathwood has shaped my life in so many ways, from the time I was 5 years old until now, when I have the pleasure of experiencing the school’s unique attributes as both a parent and a faculty member. Because we are blessed with such a tight-knit school community, our counseling program is able to reach parents, teachers, and students, encouraging all to learn and grow, support one another, and enhance the educational journey for every member of the Highlander family.”
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Emily Hodges

MS English Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
M.A.T. University of South Carolina
ehodges@heathwood.org
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Emily Hodges

MS English Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
M.A.T. University of South Carolina
ehodges@heathwood.org
8th Grade English teacher Emily Hodges joined the faculty at Heathwood Hall in 2011. Before teaching at Heathwood, she taught 7th grade English in Richland One for 11 years. 

"I love teaching at Heathwood because the small class sizes give me the ability to get to know my students as people and as learners. Heathwood gives students the opportunity to have experiences outside of the traditional classroom setting. Having my two sons in school at Heathwood is an added bonus!"
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Liza Johnson

MS Math Teacher
B.S. University of South Carolina
M.T. Universitiy of South Carolina
ljohnson@heathwood.org
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Liza Johnson

MS Math Teacher
B.S. University of South Carolina
M.T. Universitiy of South Carolina
ljohnson@heathwood.org
Liza Johnson has been teaching 8th grade mathematics since 2010.  She believes this is the perfect age to instill a love of mathematics while preparing her students for their upper level math classes.  Ms. Johnson has two children, Natalie (4th grade) and Evan (1st grade), who love Heathwood Hall Episcopal School as much as she does because of the faith-based education, nurturing teachers, and beautiful campus.  
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Nadege Keller

MS & US French Teacher
B.A. Universite de Haute
M.A. Universite de Haute
M.A. University of South Carolina
nkeller@heathwood.org
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Nadege Keller

MS & US French Teacher
B.A. Universite de Haute
M.A. Universite de Haute
M.A. University of South Carolina
nkeller@heathwood.org
Nadège Keller has been working at Heathwood Hall since 1999. She has held various positions, including ECLC and Lower School French teacher and Yearbook advisor, and she is currently the World Language Department Chair.  Originally from France, Nadège studied English and Psychology at the Université de Haute-Alsace, in Mulhouse, France where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She also taught English in France.

Mrs. Keller has earned multiple accolades for excellence in teaching, including the Award for Excellence in Teaching by a master’s student from the University South Carolina in 1999 and the SCISA Upper School Teacher of the Year award in 2011. She is also a reader for the AP French exam, the secretary for the Alliance française of Columbia, and an active member of their theater group.  

“Heathwood is a school with a new sense of purpose.  As a world language teacher, it is my duty to help shape future ambassadors, to give them a better understanding and appreciation of our cultural differences and similarities, to make them responsible citizens of the world, to provide them with a clearer view of who they are and where they stand.  Only then will they be able to move forward and be truly prepared for tomorrow’s challenges.”
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Toni King

MS Math Teacher
B.S. University of South Carolina
M.T. University of South Carolina
kingt@heathwood.org
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Toni King

MS Math Teacher
B.S. University of South Carolina
M.T. University of South Carolina
kingt@heathwood.org
Toni King has taught math for 16 years in Richland District Two, where she gained Highly Qualified teaching status in both Mathematics and Middle Level Mathematics.  She has taught Algebra, Advanced Pre-Algebra, Pre-Algebra, and remedial Math in grades six through eight.  She has also been trained and certified in the AVID program since 2002 and was the head of the math department for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program at E.L. Wright Middle School.

“I love my job because I love watching children get excited about math.  I love watching them struggle with, and then overcome, obstacles they previously believed were insurmountable.”
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Chris McDuffie

MS Civics Teacher
B.S. The Citadel
M.Ed. The Citadel
M.A.T. Virginia Commonwealth University
mcduffiec@heathwood.org
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Chris McDuffie

MS Civics Teacher
B.S. The Citadel
M.Ed. The Citadel
M.A.T. Virginia Commonwealth University
mcduffiec@heathwood.org
Chris McDuffie joined the Heathwood Hall community in the fall of 2013 along with his two daughters Suyan (Class of 2019) and Gabi (Class of 2025).  He is entering his 16th year of teaching 8th graders and has taught in Richmond, Virginia and Charleston, South Carolina as well as his hometown of Sumter, South Carolina.  

“I challenge myself each year to find new opportunities to help students relate to the ‘grown up’ world around them in ways that are inquisitive, perceptive, and factual.  Heathwood gives me the flexibility to take an intriguing news story and develop a learning opportunity that both complements and challenges students’ previous understanding.”
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Suzanne Nagy

Middle School Head
B.A. Furman University
M.Ed. University of South Carolina
M.Ed. University of Arkansas
snagy@heathwood.org
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Suzanne Nagy

Middle School Head
B.A. Furman University
M.Ed. University of South Carolina
M.Ed. University of Arkansas
snagy@heathwood.org
Suzanne Nagy has spent most of her life on Heathwood’s campus, beginning in preschool and graduating with the Class of 1990. Suzanne attended Furman University, earning a B.A. in English. Upon graduation in 1994, she returned to Heathwood to teach English in the Middle and Upper schools. In addition to teaching, Suzanne has worked in the Heathwood Admission Office and coached basketball and tennis for the Highlanders. Suzanne earned an M.Ed from the University of South Carolina. In 1999, Suzanne was invited by Governor Jim Hodges to serve as the Director of Caring for Tomorrow’s Children and as the coordinator for the Spartanburg County Foster Care Review Board. She has also taught English at Charlotte Latin School, worked as Director of Admission and Marketing at Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and earned an M.Ed in school counseling from the University of Arkansas. Upon returning to Columbia in 2008, Suzanne worked as the Assistant Head of Heathwood’s Middle School for five years, returned to the English classroom for three years, and now serves as the Middle School Head.

“Middle School is the best age to teach! This is a wonderful time when teachers can affect the blueprint of who the students will become. Their minds and bodies are growing, all while they are developing a unique identify and personality. Heathwood is an incredible school that provides opportunities for students to grow into the people God intends them to be."
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Barb Petit

Mock Trial Teacher
bpetit@heathwood.org
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Pamela Pope

MS Latin Teacher
B.A. Mount Holyoke College
M.S. University of Pennsylvania
ppope@heathwood.org
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Pamela Pope

MS Latin Teacher
B.A. Mount Holyoke College
M.S. University of Pennsylvania
ppope@heathwood.org
Middle School Latin Teacher, Pamela Pope, joined the Heathwood Hall faculty in the Fall of 1994, where she has taught in both the Middle and Upper Schools. She is also an alumna of Heathwood Hall and a current parent (classes of 2021 and 2022). Students in her classes are exposed to a variety of teaching methods and assessments in order for the students with their various learning styles to connect with and understand the demanding curriculum.  They are exposed to the ancient history and culture of the Romans while learning the vocabulary and grammatical components of the Latin language.
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Brian Rego

MS Art Teacher
B.F.A. University of South Carolina
M.F.A. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
brego@heathwood.org
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Brian Rego

MS Art Teacher
B.F.A. University of South Carolina
M.F.A. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
brego@heathwood.org
Brian Rego has taught at numerous places including Mount Gretna School of Art, the Jerusalem Studio School, the Beverly Street Studio School, the University of South Carolina, Columbia College, and Benedict College. He is the recipient of the Ed Yaghjian Award from the University of South Carolina for distinguished undergraduate work. In 2008, he co-founded the painting collective known as Perceptual Painters. In 2015, he co-founded Columbia, South Carolina’s first art school, the Melrose School of Art, where he currently teaches. His work is exhibited nationally.

"I find that when I give my students permission to accept where they are in their artistic and personal development, they are more open to challenges that lead to change, and the work that results is more powerful and honest because it is a reflection of that change. This pedagogical approach to teaching in general is something I instantly connected with upon coming to Heathwood. I am grateful for this school and for the people that make it so valuable.”  
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Phyllis Roberts

MS Math and History Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
robertsp@heathwood.org
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Phyllis Roberts

MS Math and History Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
robertsp@heathwood.org
Phyllis Roberts has over 25 years of teaching experience in both independent and public schools in South Carolina and Texas.  In addition, she has significant training in iPads, Smartboards, and math leadership.  Phyllis has also served as a math specialist, mentor for new teachers, and director of after-school and summer programs. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina at Coastal Carolina and has 18+ graduate hours in the teaching of mathematics.

“I am very passionate about teaching, especially when it comes to math.  Not because math was easy for me, but because I had a very special teacher in 5th grade who was patient and fun-loving.  She allowed me to make mistakes and learn from them. This wonderful lady encouraged me to persevere and find the “I can do it” spirit of confidence in myself.  As a teacher, I want to pass onto my students the gift that was given to me many years ago.”
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Helen Roman

MS English Teacher
B.S. Clemson University
hroman@heathwood.org
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Helen Roman

MS English Teacher
B.S. Clemson University
hroman@heathwood.org
Helen Roman joined the Heathwood faculty in the fall of 2007. She taught Humanities for 3 years and has taught sixth grade English ever since. She began her teaching career in the public schools of Charleston, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and Columbia. She "retired" from professional life to guide her own children through their formative years. Her son is a 2004 graduate of Heathwood, and her daughter attended Heathwood for six years. Helen returned to the workforce with EdVenture Children's Museum, helping to foster the idea that "play equals learning" and is the key to life-long success. 

"Heathwood gives me the freedom to have a classroom that provides a safe environment for children to experiment, to create, and to learn."
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Brice Spires

MS & US History Teacher
Assistant Director of PEAK
B.A. University of South Carolina
spiresb@heathwood.org
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Brice Spires

MS & US History Teacher
Assistant Director of PEAK
B.A. University of South Carolina
spiresb@heathwood.org
Brice Spires has been part of the Heathwood community since he enrolled as a student in 1997. After graduating from Heathwood in 2009, Brice went on to the University of South Carolina, graduating with a degree in History in 2013. Brice has been a part time employee with the PEAK Outdoor program since 2009, earning multiple certifications in Outdoor Education and Leadership, which builds from his time as a boy scout, where he became an Eagle Scout. Brice became a full time faculty member in 2015.

 “What I love most about Heathwood is the unique wealth of opportunities for our students to explore and succeed.”
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Sue Swick

MS English Teacher
B.A. Mount Saint Joseph University
M.A.T. University of South Carolina
swicks@heathwood.org
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Sue Swick

MS English Teacher
B.A. Mount Saint Joseph University
M.A.T. University of South Carolina
swicks@heathwood.org
Sue Swick began teaching 7th Grade English at Heathwood in 1989.  She helped develop the 7th grade humanities program with the focus on Europe and the Middle East, incorporating the “hero’s quest “ through literature. After taking a few years off to be with her grandchildren, she returned to the Middle School 2013 school year.

She continues to love the 7th graders and their energy, enthusiasm, and sense of wonder. 

“When my daughter began her freshman year here in 1985, I saw the atmosphere of caring and dedication to learning that Heathwood nurtured.  I was envious of her experiences and so happy to join this environment when she graduated!”

Upper School

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John Adams

US History Teacher
B.A. Furman University
M.A. Furman University
adamsj@heathwood.org
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John Adams

US History Teacher
B.A. Furman University
M.A. Furman University
adamsj@heathwood.org
John Adams joined the Heathwood Hall faculty in the 2010, after fifteen years in public education.  A native of Atlanta, Georgia, John currently teaches World History II, AP World History, and the American South.  He is also Chair of the Upper School History Department.  In 2005, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute named John South Carolina History Teacher of the Year, as well as finalist for National History Teacher of the Year.  John received South Carolina’s first teaching fellowship from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in 2006.  Since coming to Heathwood Hall, John was named one of the first recipients of the James H. Gasque (“Q”) Fellowship in 2014.  John has been chaperone or co-chaperone on Winterim trips to Williamsburg/Washington, D.C; Rome, Italy; and Munich, Germany.  Since 2003, John has been certified, by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, in Adolescent/Young Adult History and Social Studies. His research interests include the American South, Victorian and Edwardian Britain, and Wesleyan Theology.

“One of our unique resources at Heathwood Hall is the sizable acreage upon which the school is built.  It allows teachers to take learning beyond the classroom walls, and the campus is one vast ‘learning lab’ that is only limited by the creativity of the faculty and students.”
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Rip Blackstone

US Math Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
J.D. University of South Carolina
rblackstone@heathwood.org
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Rip Blackstone

US Math Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
J.D. University of South Carolina
rblackstone@heathwood.org
Rip Blackstone earned his law degree in 1983 and practiced law for nine years prior to joining the Heathwood faculty in 1992.  He is chairman of the math department and Dean of Students for the Upper School, coach of the math team and assistant Varsity and JV football coach.  Rip was selected SCISA Upper School Teacher of the Year in 2016. 

“I feel very fortunate to work at Heathwood Hall.  We have an excellent faculty who work together to provide the optimal learning opportunities for our students.  We have a vibrant and diverse student body that challenges me to give them my best every day.”
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Lori Byrd

US Spanish Teacher
B.A. Clemson University
lbyrd@heathwood.org
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Lori Byrd

US Spanish Teacher
B.A. Clemson University
lbyrd@heathwood.org
Spanish Instructor Lori Byrd began her language career at Clemson University, where she studied global topics related to commerce in the Spanish-speaking world.  As a member of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Lori was involved in service learning projects, tutoring, and outside educational conferences.  She earned teaching experience from classes in the Foreign Language in Elementary Schools program.  After college, Lori worked for eight years in international customer service before joining the Heathwood Hall Upper School in 1998.  Two years later, she attended a summer session at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain.  During her eighteen years at Heathwood Hall, Lori has been a Spirit Club sponsor, a Freshman Team Leader, a Homecoming and Pep Rally Events director and a New Teacher mentor.  Throughout that time, she has been heavily involved in cross-divisional projects and International Week activities.  Currently, Lori is the sponsor for the Spanish Club and the Spirit Angels.  

“Here at Heathwood, we see our students as an important part of the community.  As teachers we offer experiential learning opportunities in order to allow them to practice life skills, while we challenge them with probing, thoughtful questions in the class room.   We help them to grow in spirit, and nurture their ability to show kindness and concern for others.”         
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Gwen Bunch

US Math Teacher
B.A. Columbia College
gbunch@heathwood.org
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Gwen Bunch

US Math Teacher
B.A. Columbia College
gbunch@heathwood.org
Gwen is an Upper School Mathematics teacher and a Learning Specialist in the Academic Achievement Center. She enjoys the classroom setting, but also likes to work individually with students to help them find success. During her twenty years at Heathwood she has taught in the Middle School and the Upper School, coached the Math Team and also coached the Swim team. Before coming to Heathwood she taught public school for 15 years in Virginia and Richland and Lexington school districts.  Gwen enjoys spending time with her family (2 children are HHES alumni), cooking, reading and playing tennis.  
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Sarah Burrows

US History Teacher
B.A. Western Carolina University
M.A. Virginia Tech
Ph.D. University of South Carolina
sburrows@heathwood.org
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Sarah Burrows

US History Teacher
B.A. Western Carolina University
M.A. Virginia Tech
Ph.D. University of South Carolina
sburrows@heathwood.org
Dr. Sara Burrows has spent the past 13 years teaching History at the University of South Carolina. She has been honored with teaching awards from the USC Center for Teaching Excellence, Student Disabilities Services, and the USC Chapter of the Mortar Board National Honor Society. Additionally, she worked as a freshmen advisor for the USC College of Arts and Sciences. Sara and her husband Matt have two boys, Jack (’24) and Ryan (’28), who joined Heathwood in 2014.

“As a Heathwood parent, I have witnessed firsthand the incredible impact of the school on my own children.  I value the sense of community created with Heathwood faculty, staff, parents and students, and appreciate that Heathwood embraces the differences in each child while challenging and supporting them academically. It is this attention to the student that drew me to Heathwood, and I am honored to be a part of its exceptional faculty.”
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Frances Choe

US Registrar
MS French Teacher
B.A. Wofford College
M.A. University of South Carolina
fchoe@heathwood.org
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Frances Choe

US Registrar
MS French Teacher
B.A. Wofford College
M.A. University of South Carolina
fchoe@heathwood.org
Frances Choe currently serves as Heathwood Hall’s Upper School Registrar, AP Test Coordinator, Assistant to the College Counseling Office, and Middle School French Instructor. At Wofford College, she earned the academic achievement awards and departmental scholarships for both of her major fields of study, and worked as a French tutor for both fellow undergraduate and local high school students. Her passion for the French language also heavily influenced the development of her Masters Thesis, which focused on the dynamics of race and gender in post-WWII France and Germany. During her first year at Heathwood, she co-taught Heathwood Hall’s English Enrichment course, an immersive language and culture course required of all first-year international students.

“Heathwood creates an environment which both nurtures its students’ passions and gives them the tools they need to pursue and realize their goals. Whether it is running for student office, managing submissions for the annual arts and literary magazine, or initiating research projects and student-teacher mentorships with faculty on campus or at local universities, Heathwood students learn how to be their own best advocates for success.”
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Janis Corley

MS & US Choral Director
B.A.
jcorley@heathwood.org
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Janis Corley

MS & US Choral Director
B.A.
jcorley@heathwood.org
Middle School and Upper School choral director Janis Corley has 30 years of teaching experience in both North Carolina and South Carolina. She has taught PreK-12th grades. She has also taught private piano lessons, directed church choirs, been the musical director for several community theatres, and has been a performing musician.

“Music is not what I do, it is who I am.”
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GiGi Dawson

US Social Studies Teacher
B.A. Converse College
M.Ed. University of South Carolina
gdawson@heathwood.org
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GiGi Dawson

US Social Studies Teacher
B.A. Converse College
M.Ed. University of South Carolina
gdawson@heathwood.org
Gigi Dawson joined the Heathwood Hall faculty in 2006. Prior to coming to Heathwood, Gigi taught social studies (primarily history and psychology) in Lexington School District Two, at Airport High School, for ten years. She left the classroom for several years to work with schools within the “Corridor of Shame,” developing partnerships between schools and the business community, and identifying and training teachers along the “Corridor” for the State Department of Education and a program called SC Healthy Schools. Her most cherished time outside of the classroom involved working with a non-profit to write and implement a Duke Endowment Grant that funded Smiles for a Lifetime, a school based dental program, and creating and planning a statewide Diversity Summer Training Conference for over 300 students. After her time away from her students and the classroom, she realized that she missed the day-to-day interaction with students and began to look for the right fit again. She found it at Heathwood.

“When people ask me what I love about teaching at Heathwood, I have two answers. My first
is ...a community that prays together is a unique place that is united by love and compassion. Heathwood is a special place! It is a community that is focused on the “we,” not the “me”. My second is that I love that we are a school that honestly “walks the talk” of individualized learning. Our high academic standards apply to everyone, and I love that our faculty will work with each and every student individually to realize their potential. There is no greater moment as an educator than when that student who has been struggling has finally, after many different strategies, experienced that ‘lightbulb moment’. Heathwood’s mission and gifted faculty allow this to happen on a daily basis, and because of that ... I love what I do and where I teach.”
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John Duhan

MS & US Band Director
B.M. University of South Carolina
jduhan@heathwood.org
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John Duhan

MS & US Band Director
B.M. University of South Carolina
jduhan@heathwood.org
John Duhan began directing the Highlander Band program in the fall of 2003. He also teaches AP Music Theory, provides piano accompaniment for chapel services PEAK Outdoor program. During his tenure, the bands have adopted the principle of “serving our community through music” by performing at sporting events, chapel services, school concerts, and other events. Individual band members have consistently earned chairs in the SCBDA Region III Honor Bands. John is also active in the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Chorister program. His passion for outdoor adventure, particularly with backpacking and whitewater kayaking, developed from the opportunities made available to him through the PEAK program at Heathwood Hall.

“It is a joyful experience for me to witness the deep connections our community of students, faculty, parents, and alums form in so many ways and in so many places. From the band room to a mountain summit, in the chapel and serving in the homes of those in need, I have witnessed strangers becoming friends, and children becoming adults. My life has been changed and formed from the experience of being part of the Heathwood Community.”
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Julie Firetag

US Government and Economics Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
M.A. University of South Carolina
jfiretag@heathwood.org
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Julie Firetag

US Government and Economics Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
M.A. University of South Carolina
jfiretag@heathwood.org
Julie Firetag recently joined Heathwood as a faculty member to teach courses in government for the Upper School.   She is a native of New Jersey but relocated to Greenville, SC for high school, where she first developed a passion for government and politics.  Julie served as co-captain of the Mauldin High School debate team, winning district and state-wide awards in congressional debate.  She went on to earn her undergraduate degree in Political Science and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration, both from the University of South Carolina.  As an undergraduate, she served as a student senator representing the College of Arts and Sciences and as president of Hillel.  Julie was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Capstone Project Award for her graduate work, and is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honors Society for Public Affairs and Administration.   A former congressional intern, Julie has taught primarily at the university level – teaching both in the classroom and via distance learning.  Currently, she is an adjunct professor of political science at Florence-Darlington Technical College.  

“My position as a Heathwood faculty member is only enhanced by my role as a Heathwood parent.  My husband and I chose Heathwood Hall because it offered the highest level of education for our daughter.  I am incredibly honored to now be a part of this exceptional academic community.”
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Mary Beth Fry

Director of College Counseling
B.A. Manhattanville College
M.A. Middlebury College
mfry@heathwood.org
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Mary Beth Fry

Director of College Counseling
B.A. Manhattanville College
M.A. Middlebury College
mfry@heathwood.org
Mary Beth Fry has over twenty years of experience in independent school college counseling, including twelve years at Savannah Country Day School and eleven years at Shady Side Academy, in Pittsburgh.  She is particularly noted for her writing, and has been frequently asked to lead workshops on writing the Counselor Recommendation at regional SACAC conferences.  Mary Beth earned her undergraduate degree from Manhattanville College and her M.A. from the prestigious Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.
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Cate Guimaraes

US Math Teacher
B.A. Boston College
MS.Ed. CCNY
cguimaraes@heathwood.org
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Cate Guimaraes

US Math Teacher
B.A. Boston College
MS.Ed. CCNY
cguimaraes@heathwood.org
Cate Guimaraes began teaching at Heathwood Hall in 2015 after moving to South Carolina from Hawaii. Originally from New York City, Cate studied Communications at Boston College while minoring in French. Upon graduation, Cate taught, English, Math and Latin to underprivileged boys in a small private school in southeastern Massachusetts. She then moved to France to be an assistant to the English department at a college and lycee in Ambert, France. When her teacher’s assistantship was complete in France, Cate applied and was accepted into the New York City Teaching Fellows Program. For six years she worked at a small, innovative middle school in the southeast Bronx teaching seventh and eighth grade math, concurrently earning a Masters of Science in Education from The City University of New York, City College. Her specialization was Intermediate Math Education with a certification to teach Grades 5-9.

After six years at CIS 303, Cate wanted to try a new challenge and moved to Hawaii. She spent her first year as a tutor/mentor to the football and basketball players at University of Hawaii-Manoa while working for an educational software company assisting in the implementation and training of teachers on the use of various educational software programs throughout Hawaii. After being away from the classroom setting for a year, Cate realized how much she missed it and accepted a position as a middle school math teacher at Saint Andrew’s Priory in downtown Honolulu.

As a teacher in NYC, Cate was recognized as being in the top 10% of teachers throughout the city. In her final year at CIS 303, all but one of her students passed the state exam required in order to continue onto high school. In Hawaii, Cate caught the attention of local newspapers when she conducted a field trip to a UH-Men’s Basketball game. Her Pre-Algebra and Algebra I students were responsible for calculating the statistics of various players on the team allowing them to see the real world application of the lessons taught in the classroom.

 “Being from New York City and moving to Columbia from Hawaii, the south was a whole different world for me. It wasn’t until I visited Heathwood Hall and met the staff and students there that I was happy to be in South Carolina and I felt comfortable in my new home. I think that truly says something about the people and the community that exists here and for which I am grateful to be a part.”    
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Elise Hagstette

US English Teacher
US Dean of Students
B.A. University of Georgia
M.A. College of Charleston/The Citadel
ehagstette@heathwood.org
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Elise Hagstette

US English Teacher
US Dean of Students
B.A. University of Georgia
M.A. College of Charleston/The Citadel
ehagstette@heathwood.org
Elise Hagstette joined the Heathwood Hall faculty as an Upper School English teacher in 2005.  In 2014, in addition to teaching senior English, she joined Rip Blackstone as the Upper School Dean of Students.  She also serves as the National Honor Society faculty sponsor.  Before coming to Heathwood, Elise worked in higher education, working in the Citadel’s Writing Center and teaching at Trident Technical College and the Art Institute of Atlanta. 

“The best days of teaching and mentoring happen when you deviate from the plan and allow a young person to think for himself, to come up with the solution herself, to struggle and possibly to fail.  These are the days that promote the most growth.”
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James Hane

Upper School English Teacher
B.A. Sewanee
M.A. University of South Carolina
hanej@heathwood.org
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James Hane

Upper School English Teacher
B.A. Sewanee
M.A. University of South Carolina
hanej@heathwood.org
James Hane taught English at W.J. Keenan High School and Ridge View High School before relocating to Bogotá, Colombia, where he taught English at the Colegio Los Nogales with the help of his dog Bo, who slept in a corner of the classroom or solicited food and companionship from students.  After seven years in Bogotá, Mr. Hane moved to Pereira, Colombia, where he served as middle and high school principal of the Liceo Inglés until 2014, when he returned to South Carolina to teach at Irmo High School and later Spring Hill High School in Chapin.

“I believe that we can learn important life lessons from travel, for example, that the Amazon rainforest is not nearly as hot as Columbia, South Carolina, in July.  Most importantly, I love helping young people discover and grow into their own intelligence.”
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Treece Hylton

US Math Teacher
B.Ed. University of the West Indies - Mona
M.Ed. The Citadel
thylton@heathwood.org
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Treece Hylton

US Math Teacher
B.Ed. University of the West Indies - Mona
M.Ed. The Citadel
thylton@heathwood.org
Originally from Jamaica, Treece Hylton has been an Upper School Mathematics Teacher at Heathwood since 2007. Treece studied Mathematics Education at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and she earned a master’s degree at the Citadel in 2005. As a math teacher at Dreher High School, she earned 98% passes for two consecutive years in the End of Year Exams (EOC Math) 2005-2007. She completed the Schools Attuned Program: A mind at a Time in 2009 at Heathwood and is an active member of the NCTM, where she attended the 2014 fall training sessions. She has been an active member of her church choir since 2005 and enjoys singing solo. She is the Advisor/Co-founder of the Culinary Club at Heathwood. 

“I particularly enjoy teaching at Heathwood because of the students. They have provided me with an opportunity to be the best teacher I can be, at the same time they enthusiastically embrace the challenges and rigors affiliated with learning mathematics.”
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Nadege Keller

MS & US French Teacher
B.A. Universite de Haute
M.A. Universite de Haute
M.A. University of South Carolina
nkeller@heathwood.org
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Nadege Keller

MS & US French Teacher
B.A. Universite de Haute
M.A. Universite de Haute
M.A. University of South Carolina
nkeller@heathwood.org
Nadège Keller has been working at Heathwood Hall since 1999. She has held various positions, including ECLC and Lower School French teacher and Yearbook advisor, and she is currently the World Language Department Chair.  Originally from France, Nadège studied English and Psychology at the Université de Haute-Alsace, in Mulhouse, France where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She also taught English in France.

Mrs. Keller has earned multiple accolades for excellence in teaching, including the Award for Excellence in Teaching by a master’s student from the University South Carolina in 1999 and the SCISA Upper School Teacher of the Year award in 2011. She is also a reader for the AP French exam, the secretary for the Alliance française of Columbia, and an active member of their theater group.  

“Heathwood is a school with a new sense of purpose.  As a world language teacher, it is my duty to help shape future ambassadors, to give them a better understanding and appreciation of our cultural differences and similarities, to make them responsible citizens of the world, to provide them with a clearer view of who they are and where they stand.  Only then will they be able to move forward and be truly prepared for tomorrow’s challenges.”
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Timothy McKnight

US Physics and Astronomy Teacher
B.A. Purdue University
M.A.T. University of South Carolina
mcknightt@heathwood.org
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Timothy McKnight

US Physics and Astronomy Teacher
B.A. Purdue University
M.A.T. University of South Carolina
mcknightt@heathwood.org
Tim McKnight began teaching at Heathwood in 1999 after teaching at Lexington High School for 5 years.  Born in Johannesburg South Africa, Tim has lived on three continents and in four states.  Upon completing his undergraduate degree at Purdue University in 1981, Tim worked briefly for an architectural and engineering firm in Charleston SC before changing career paths to management.  After working for 10 years in three different management positions that always seemed to end up with a focus on employee training and development, Tim decided on another career change and began a Master of Arts in Teaching degree program at the University of South Carolina.  Graduating with a Master of Arts in Teaching with certification in the Natural Sciences in 1993, he began his teaching career in 1994.  

Besides his classroom responsibilities Tim sponsors the Heathwood CoffeeHouse club, where members organize 4-6 events each year at which any upper school student may share musical or poetry talents in an open mic atmosphere.  Tim is also an avid volleyball fan who runs the scoreboard at home matches and takes his camera to away matches to help document the team’s performance.

“I feel strongly that in today’s world we need people who are scientifically literate and able to make sound decisions based on the analysis of available data.  Heathwood Hall’s Physics First approach, begun over 18 years ago, before I joined the faculty, strives to help students develop analytical skills through hands-on experiences with concrete examples of physical phenomena.  I see it as my job to help students see and make connections between all of their subjects in their class schedule.  Connections between science and math are important and probably the most obvious to a physics program, but also important are the connections between science and history; science and art; and of course science needs people with the ability to write clear, evidenced based arguments.”
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Pam Meriwether

US Yoga Instructor
B.F.A. Universitiy of Georgia
meriwetherp@heathwood.org
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Pam Meriwether

US Yoga Instructor
B.F.A. Universitiy of Georgia
meriwetherp@heathwood.org
A graduate of the University of Georgia, a former adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina, and a former member of the faculty at The Salzburg International Preparatory School in Austria, Pam has been studying yoga since 1999.  She is certified by the Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, ERYT-500. She is a devoted student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker, and of his teacher, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, of the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.  Through this lineage, she is a certified ParaYoga teacher, the only one in South Carolina, and she leads a certified RYT-200 yoga teacher training school in the Midlands of South Carolina. She brings to her practice and to her teaching, a background in ballet, fitness, and physiology, including choreographing and leading five nationally-released fitness videos for The FIRM.

“I feel blessed to be teaching yoga at Heathwood Hall — a school that not only encourages transformation, it demands it. At the heart of this school are core values that align with the teachings of yoga based on compassion, love, acceptance, self-mastery, self-inquiry and community."
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Jim Morris

US Science Teacher
B.A. West Virginia University
M.S. West Virginia University
morrisj@heathwood.org
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Jim Morris

US Science Teacher
B.A. West Virginia University
M.S. West Virginia University
morrisj@heathwood.org
Upper School Science Dept. Head, Science Instructor, Robert Clark Greenhouse Manager, and SEED co-director, Jim Morris is a 36 year veteran independent school teacher-administrator who joined Heathwood Hall in 1996-1997 after 20 years of service at four other NAIS schools. Trained as a research biophysicist, Jim worked in medical device design and testing at ECRI, Inc. in Philadelphia, PA and spent his summers as a Senior Instructor for the North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS). In 1980, Jim became the IT Director and a Math Faculty member at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, MD. Jim then spend four years at St. Mary’s Academy in Medford, OR as the Assistant Head of School and Science Dept. Head while helping to guide this institution as it transformed from a 125-year-old Jesuit Catholic school to a NAIS school. Jim served for 3 years as Assistant Head of School, Science Dept. Head, and Outdoor Program Director at the Morgan School, an Episcopal Boarding School near Lenoir, NC. Just prior to coming to Heathwood, Jim served as the Upper School Head and Outdoor Program Director at Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, NC. 

Jim strives to both challenge his students and to demystify science and math for them. He is a proponent of learning science by doing science. Jim was honored as the 2007 SC Independent School Association (SCISA) Upper School Teacher of the year. He has also been recognized by the both the American Junior Academy of Science and the SC Junior Academy of Science for his support and development of superior pre-college scientific talent.  Jim has received recognition from the United States Army, Navy & Air Force for his pursuit of excellence in the sciences, engineering and mathematics research at the high school level through his students participation in the SC Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS).
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Lisa Norman

US Assistant Head and Academic Dean
US Science Teacher
B.S. Augusta State University
M.S. Medical University of South Carolina
normanl@heathwood.org
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Lisa Norman

US Assistant Head and Academic Dean
US Science Teacher
B.S. Augusta State University
M.S. Medical University of South Carolina
normanl@heathwood.org
Lisa Norman joined the Heathwood Hall faculty in 2006.  She has 15 years of experience in the education field and has taught a wide variety of biological science courses in three independent schools.  She taught and served as department chair at Ashley Hall in Charleston, SC and Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, NJ, before moving to Columbia.  Since coming to Heathwood, Lisa has taught Biology, Honors Biology, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology, and Environmental Science. She has also been actively involved in guiding Honors Science students through conducting independent scientific research projects and presenting their research at state and national conferences. Lisa holds a B.S in Biology from Augusta State University and a M.S. in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology and Pathobiology from the Medical University of South Carolina.  She participated as the lead teacher on the educational outreach component of two National Science Foundation grants.  These include the Young Genomics Scientist Program, where her AP Biology students learned biotechnology techniques in an environmental microbial ecology lab at USC and the Marine Ecology of San Salvador Program where Winterim students spent time with scientists learning about field sampling techniques and island biological processes in the Bahamas.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time on outdoor adventures with her family, cooking, gardening, and reading.  

“Heathwood Hall is a community where students and faculty members work together to build an environment that encourages and supports academic and personal growth.  During my time at Heathwood, I have learned as much from my students about politics, literature, technology, parenting, and basic carpentry skills as they have learned from me about biology, anatomy, and environmental science.  The ability to create learning partnerships extends beyond our classroom walls and allows the student-teacher relationship to develop as we experience academic and personal adventures together through Honors Science Research projects, Winterim, Senior Exhibition, and Johns Island Mission trips.  The Heathwood faculty help the students navigate these adventures and growth with the students.  What a powerful way to support life-long learning."
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Scotty Peek

US Visual Art Teacher
A.S. Lurleen B. Wallace State Junior College
B.F.A. Austin Peay State University
M.F.A. University of South Carolina
peeks@heathwood.org
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Scotty Peek

US Visual Art Teacher
A.S. Lurleen B. Wallace State Junior College
B.F.A. Austin Peay State University
M.F.A. University of South Carolina
peeks@heathwood.org
Scotty Peek joined the Heathwood Hall faculty in the Spring of 2012.  Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Art at South Carolina State University, held positions from Preparator to Assistant Director at several Museums and Galleries, and taught art courses part-time at the University of South Carolina and Midlands Technical College. He received his Master’s in Fine Arts from USC in 2000 and his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Austin Peay State University in 1995. Scotty was included in the 2004 Triennial at the South Carolina State Museum and was one of four artists selected for 701 Center for Contemporary Art’s inaugural 2008 exhibit. www.scottypeek.net

“Students in our art classes are asked to consider all aspects of their art, particularly how their art is connected to their own experiences and interests. Rather than teach high school art students how to complete standard high school art projects, Heathwood helps young artists make their art better.”
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Barb Petit

Mock Trial Teacher
bpetit@heathwood.org
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Sally Plowden

US English Teacher
B.A. Columbia College
M.A. University of South Carolina
Ph.D. University of South Carolina
splowden@heathwood.org
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Sally Plowden

US English Teacher
B.A. Columbia College
M.A. University of South Carolina
Ph.D. University of South Carolina
splowden@heathwood.org
Before coming to Heathwood in the fall of 2000, Dr. Sally Harman Plowden taught as a graduate student at the University of South Carolina, where she received the Elliot award for excellence in teaching; Furman University; Wofford College; Columbia College; and the Intensive English program at the University of Miami. Her children’s book, Turtle Tracks, earned the Harry Hampton Woods and Waters Conservation Memorial Journalism Award in 2002. Dr. Plowden also designed and taught a Sunday School class at Eastminster Presbyterian Church on Christianity in Harry Potter. 

Passionate about the personal and intellectual development of teenagers, Dr. Plowden and the English department believe that reading literature, studying language, and learning to write make us better, more thoughtful, more intelligent, and more caring human beings. Their work is guided by the conviction that within every student there is a story to be written, a journey to be taken, a good life to be discovered, and a rhythm of language yet to be expressed.
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Jim Robinson

College Counseling Associate
B.A. Southern Methodist University
M.Ed. University of Texas - Austin
jrobinson@heathwood.org
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Jim Robinson

College Counseling Associate
B.A. Southern Methodist University
M.Ed. University of Texas - Austin
jrobinson@heathwood.org
Currently serving as one of the Upper School college counselors, Jim joined the Heathwood faculty and administration in the fall of 1988, when he and his family moved to Columbia from Austin, TX.  Jim has served as a teacher in both the Middle and Upper schools, and an assistant principal in both the Middle and Upper schools, as well as a coach, college counselor, and interim Upper School head.  His children Annie  (’99) and Joey (’01) had wonderful experiences both in and out of the Heathwood classrooms, and Jim believes that their strong confidence, intellect, and compassion are all direct results of their Heathwood foundation. Now in semi-retirement, Jim enjoys lending support and staying connected to the Heathwood community through his current role as part-time counselor.
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Cindy Scannella

US Administrative Assistant
US Yearbook Teacher
B.A. University of California - Berkeley
scannellac@heathwood.org
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Cindy Scannella

US Administrative Assistant
US Yearbook Teacher
B.A. University of California - Berkeley
scannellac@heathwood.org
Cindy Scannella joined Heathwood Hall in the summer of 2014. Previously, she was the College Counselor at Trinity Collegiate School in Darlington SC. Her previous coaching experience includes beginning the Titans Track program, which garnered six state titles for boys and girls in just five years and coaching the Titans boys cross country team to five straight state cross country titles. Cindy also coached at University of New Mexico for three years, leading the program out of obscurity to national prominence. While a collegiate athlete at UC Berkeley, Cindy earned All-American honors in track, qualified for the Olympic Trials, and won PAC-10 titles in both track and cross country.  She has been selected for two Hall of Fame inductions, Santa Barbara Roundtable and SBHS.
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George Scouten

Upper School Head
B.A. Salisbury University
M.A. Bowling Green State University
Ph.D. University of South Carolina
scouteng@heathwood.org
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George Scouten

Upper School Head
B.A. Salisbury University
M.A. Bowling Green State University
Ph.D. University of South Carolina
scouteng@heathwood.org
Upper School Head George Scouten returned to Heathwood Hall in 2013 after three years at Linden Hall (PA), the country’s oldest all-girls boarding school.  In his previous tenure at Heathwood (1998-2010), George held various positions, including Dean of Students, Director of International Studies, and English department chair.  Originally from Baltimore, MD, George studied English and History at Salisbury, earned his master’s degree from Bowling Green, and completed his Ph.D. in English and Rhetoric from the University of South Carolina.  Since then, George has earned multiple accolades for excellence in teaching, including an Elliott Award from the University South Carolina and the SCISA Upper School Teacher of the Year award.  He earned a Fulbright Award in 2003, a Turkish Cultural Foundation Award in 2008, and a National Endowment for the Humanities teacher grant to study the poetry of Dante in Siena, Italy in 2009.  Most recently, George completed the National Association of Independent Schools Aspiring Heads Fellowship. He also plays competitive lacrosse and coaches the Heathwood Hall middle school lacrosse team.

“Heathwood is a school with a soul.  It’s a place where teachers care about their students and where students extend themselves for their teachers.  It’s also a place that fosters the development of each student’s full potential—not just for the sake of that individual student, but so that individual students can make a difference in the world.”
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Pence Scurry

US Art History Teacher
BA University of Virginia
MAFDA Sotheby's Institute and Manchester University
scurryp@heathwood.org
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Pence Scurry

US Art History Teacher
BA University of Virginia
MAFDA Sotheby's Institute and Manchester University
scurryp@heathwood.org
Pence Scurry joined the faculty of Heathwood Hall in the spring of 2003. After teaching for three years in the Middle and Upper Schools, she left to pursue a career in the arts, and then returned to Heathwood in the spring of 2011 in the Admission Office. Drawn to an opportunity to share her passion for art and travel and to expose Heathwood's Upper School students to real world connections, she went back into the classroom to teach art history in 2015. Prior to working for Heathwood, Pence lived and studied abroad in Spain, London, and Belgium. She worked at Charlton Hall Galleries in Columbia as a Fine and Decorative Arts specialist. In addition, she also worked at Through the Looking Glass in Charlotte, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, the British Paintings Department at Sotheby’s in London, the Maier Museum of Art in Lynchburg, VA, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Outside of work, she and her husband J.P., HHES class of ’95, enjoy spending time with their two children, Thomas, ’26, and Mary Henley, ’28, traveling, and involvement in the Columbia Museum of Art and Trinity Cathedral.
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Elisha Sircy

US English Teacher
B.A. Centre College
M.A. University of South Carolina
sircye@heathwood.org
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Elisha Sircy

US English Teacher
B.A. Centre College
M.A. University of South Carolina
sircye@heathwood.org
Elisha Sircy joined the Upper School Faculty in 2014 after teaching English courses at the University of South Carolina where he earned his Masters in English Literature and where he is currently finishing up his dissertation focusing on Renaissance poetry and drama. He majored in English and philosophy at Centre, and he continues to teach creative writing and literary studies for the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program in the summer. He was a Bruccoli Fellowship recipient at USC and also spent time researching at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Elisha is saved from an ascetic life of esoteric reading by his wife, daughter, church family, as well as the students and staff of Heathwood Hall.

“Heathwood is a place where academic rigor and personal interaction are held up not as opponents but as complementary forces. I am blessed to be in a place where the safety of structure and support exist alongside the possibility for and encouragement of free intellectual exploration. I don’t believe that human beings are merely biological machines with fixed destinies and programmable brains; we are living souls whose minds can grow and perceive and interrogate beyond the quantifiable. Heathwood is a community that embraces all aspects of our humanity, and I am proud to be a part of it.”
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Tom Simpson

US Computer Science Teacher
B.S. University of South Carolina
M.A.T. University of South Carolina
tsimpson@heathwood.org
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Tom Simpson

US Computer Science Teacher
B.S. University of South Carolina
M.A.T. University of South Carolina
tsimpson@heathwood.org
Tom Simpson has been on the Heathwood faculty for over twenty years. He has held several different positions: Middle School Science Teacher (1996-97), Lower School 4th Grade Teacher (1997-99), Lower School Technology Teacher (2000-2010), and Upper School Computer Science Teacher (2011-). Tom is also a full-time member of the Technology Department, which means he has daily responsibilities providing IT support as well as summer work updating computers on campus. Tom is the resident Mac expert and UNIX coder on the tech team. He is also interested in 3D design and printing, which he integrates into his computer science classes.

“There’s a saying I really like: ‘Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.’  I am interested in helping students learn to think logically, to see that they can break down complex tasks into manageable pieces that are then within their power to solve. This applies far beyond the realm of computer coding."
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Laura Slocum

US Chemistry Teacher
B.A. Western Connecticut State University
M.S. Ball State University
lslocum@heathwood.org
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Laura Slocum

US Chemistry Teacher
B.A. Western Connecticut State University
M.S. Ball State University
lslocum@heathwood.org
Laura Slocum has taught for 27 years, and joined the Heathwood faculty in 2012.  She came to Heathwood from National Cathedral School in Washington DC where she went to share about Modeling Instruction with their science faculty.  Prior to that, she taught for 11 years at University High School of Indiana where she built the chemistry program of that start-up private school when she joined the faculty in year two of the school.  Her first teaching experience in a college-prep day school was at Greens Farms Academy in Greens Farms, CT.

Laura has been actively involved with the American Chemical Society (ACS) at the local, regional and national level since 1990.  She has held a variety of leadership roles within the ACS and the Division of Chemical Education (DivCHED) within the ACS in a variety of ways since 1995.  From 2007 through 2011, she served as the Secondary School Associate Editor for the Journal of Chemical Education (JCE).  In 2012, Laura was recognized with the ACS Division of Chemical Education Central Regional Award for Excellence in High School Teaching and in 2014 she was inducted as an ACS Fellow (one of only 8 high schools teachers). She is the 2017 recipient of the ACS’s James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching.

 “I always wanted to allow students to explore science more fully and the Honors Science Research program, as well as the manner in which 9th grade physics and 10th grade chemistry are taught, has given me the opportunity to be a part of a program that gives students these opportunities.  I am honored to be a part of a faculty that collaborates together and works to allow students to explore their potential to its fullest!  Each student finding their path and making their mark in their community and beyond – Wherever their life path may lead them!”
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Jay Spearman

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
US PE Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
M.P.H. University of South Carolina
M.S. University of South Carolina
jspearman@heathwood.org
Jay Spearman's picture

Jay Spearman

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
US PE Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
M.P.H. University of South Carolina
M.S. University of South Carolina
jspearman@heathwood.org
Strength and conditioning has always been a passion for Jay Spearman. That passion became reality after he was faced with three sequential career-ending surgeries during his collegiate football career at the University of South Carolina. While completing his education, Jay gained hands on experience in the field by learning from professionals, at various levels of coaching. These experiences were the driving factors that allowed him to start his coaching career.  He joined the Athletics Department at heathwood in 2015. 

“Coaching allows me to see the big picture from a personal, athletic and academic prospective. As I grow, there are three topics that I always focus on: Passion and Purpose, Education, Practical Application and Evaluation. My passion for developing individuals goes far beyond sports. My goal is to always support the kids so that they may grow and become a better version of themselves. I am a firm believer that God provides us with our knowledge and wisdom to make the world a better place. By educating myself, every moment of life, I am staying on top of the scientific knowledge that I need to build individuals.  The knowledge that I gain through my education is what I put into practice in order to develop individuals. At the end of the day, my goal is to effectively evaluate myself in order to continuously improve. The Heathwood Hall community has supported me since my arrival on campus and I am grateful to call, everyone involved, my family. A quote that I make sure to live by every day is, ‘Progress is forever; never think that you are perfect, always strive to get batter.’”
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Brice Spires

MS & US History Teacher
Assistant Director of PEAK
B.A. University of South Carolina
spiresb@heathwood.org
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Brice Spires

MS & US History Teacher
Assistant Director of PEAK
B.A. University of South Carolina
spiresb@heathwood.org
Brice Spires has been part of the Heathwood community since he enrolled as a student in 1997. After graduating from Heathwood in 2009, Brice went on to the University of South Carolina, graduating with a degree in History in 2013. Brice has been a part time employee with the PEAK Outdoor program since 2009, earning multiple certifications in Outdoor Education and Leadership, which builds from his time as a boy scout, where he became an Eagle Scout. Brice became a full time faculty member in 2015.

 “What I love most about Heathwood is the unique wealth of opportunities for our students to explore and succeed.”
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Raven Tarpley

School Chaplain
US Religion Teacher
B.A. University of North Carolina
rtarpley@heathwood.org
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Raven Tarpley

School Chaplain
US Religion Teacher
B.A. University of North Carolina
rtarpley@heathwood.org
As a Heathwood alumna and a lifelong member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Raven Tarpley has deep roots in Columbia’s Episcopalian community. She has completed an Education for Ministry (EFM) course at the University of the South at Sewanee and served as an EFM mentor for four years. 

“Always faithful to our Episcopal tradition, we at Heathwood celebrate our differences as well. We strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.”
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Willis Ware

Director of Community Relations
US Multicultural and Global Issues Teacher
B.S. University of Missouri
M.A. University of Missouri
wware@heathwood.org
Willis Ware's picture

Willis Ware

Director of Community Relations
US Multicultural and Global Issues Teacher
B.S. University of Missouri
M.A. University of Missouri
wware@heathwood.org
Willis Ware has served on the faculty and staff at Heathwood for 12 years. His duties include teaching courses in the Upper School, leading an advisory, managing the school's community service efforts, and coordinating multicultural initiatives. Willis, who received All-Conference and All-American honors on the University of Missouri’s cross country and track teams, is also the head girls’ cross country coach and track coach.

Willis has three years experience in academic counseling and personal counseling at the university level and twelve years experience in family counseling. He also has over 25 years experience managing community service projects for high school and college students. He received a Chamber of Commerce Civic Award for community service as an undergraduate student, and served as the president of the United Way of the Midlands Blueprint for Leadership class of 2005. He has also served on the American Red Cross Diversity Leadership Council, the Youth Corps Board of Directors, the Hope Worldwide S.C. Board of Directors, and chaired the PAIS Diversity  Leadership Committee.  He has completed training in the NAIS Summer Diversity Institute and was recognized by Palmetto Association of Independent Schools for his leadership in the development of the first PAIS Inclusivity Conference. He currently serves as a Diplomat for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and has recently completed training in Brown University’s Choices Program’s Engaging Students in Inquiry and Discussion on International Issues.

Willis’ daughter, Lydia, is a Heathwood Alum (09) and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

“My responsibilities at Heathwood have allowed me to work with students, faculty, and parents and see firsthand the sense of community that is sustained here year after year.  Heathwood provides an environment in and out of the classroom where students are challenged to think critically and serve passionately as they develop their God-given gifts.”

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Donnie Bain

Director of Columbia Connections
B.A. Davidson College
M.Ed. Georgia State University
dbain@heathwood.org
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Donnie Bain

Director of Columbia Connections
B.A. Davidson College
M.Ed. Georgia State University
dbain@heathwood.org
Donnie Bain has been an educator for twenty years as a middle school math teacher, Head of S­­­chool, and Middle School Head.  He has taught math at The Lovett School in Atlanta and Rugby Middle School in Hendersonville, NC.  He has been Head of School at Morganton Day School in Morganton, NC, and Head of the Middle School for the last 8 years at Heathwood Hall.  Donnie has a B.A. from Davidson College and Master of Education from Ga. State University.

“As the Director of Columbia Connections, I want to help teachers design and implement projects, units, and courses that enhance the curriculum at Heathwood Hall.  I want to forge partnerships that will transform organizations, institutions, and businesses into co-educators, creating powerful learning opportunities for students.  This work will also provide a way for the school and community to develop stronger relationships, increasing the understanding of and support of the school and the learning experiences it provides.”
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Jane Beach

Director of Enrollment
EC & LS Admissions
jbeach@heathwood.org
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Jane Beach

Director of Enrollment
EC & LS Admissions
jbeach@heathwood.org
Jane returned to the Heathwood Admission Office in early 2014 to serve as Director of Enrollment Management. In addition to providing overall enrollment direction, she oversees Early Childhood and Lower School admission. Jane spent over a decade as both an Admission Associate and later serving as the Director of Admission and Financial Aid. Prior to joining Heathwood’s staff, she worked in sales and marketing for CSC in Columbia and Citibank in San Francisco. 

Jane earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado College and a Master of International Business from the Moore School of Business at USC. She is married to John Beach and is the mother of Heathwood graduates Norrie ( class of 2014) and Katie (class of 2014). In her free time, Jane enjoys hiking and traveling with her family, supporting local theater, and spending time with friends. 
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Ross Beale

School Nurse
bealer@heathwood.org
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Heidi Beckwith

Business Office Manager
hbeckwith@heathwood.org
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Antara Brandner

Bookstore Manager
abrandner@heathwood.org
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John Caballero

Director of Information Services
jcaballero@heathwood.org
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Bill Cherry

Director of Technology
US Graphic Arts and Video Production Teacher
bcherry@heathwood.org
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Susannah Cook

Parent Relations Liaison
scook@heathwood.org
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Rikki Craven

Admission Associate
rcraven@heathwood.org
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Rikki Craven

Admission Associate
rcraven@heathwood.org
The newest member of the Admission Office, Rikki joined as an Admission Associate in 2016. She is a native of Chattanooga, TN and a graduate of the historic Girls Preparatory School. She then went on to receive her BS degree in Education, Health, and Human Sciences from the University of TN.

Prior to joining Heathwood, she spent several years in the financial services industry, from financial advising assistance to insurance underwriting. Rikki is very involved in church activities as well as charitable efforts and volunteering. She loves tennis and running in her spare time.

She is married to Brian Craven, and is the mother of two Highlanders, Sloane ('29) and Dallas ('32).
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JD Evans

Technology Specialist
jevans@heathwood.org
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Tripp Garick

AAC Director
tgarick@heathwood.org
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Mary Stuart Hardy

Assistant Director of Heathwood Plus
mhardy@heathwood.org
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Leslie Haynsworth

Director of Communications and Marketing
B.A. Duke University
MFA University of South Carolina
Ph.D. University of Virginia
lhaynsworth@heathwood.org
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Leslie Haynsworth

Director of Communications and Marketing
B.A. Duke University
MFA University of South Carolina
Ph.D. University of Virginia
lhaynsworth@heathwood.org
Leslie Haynsworth, Director of Marketing and Communications, is a Heathwood alumna and parent. She holds a BA in Area Studies from Duke University, a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of South Carolina, and previously served as Associate Director of Marketing at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business, as an English and journalism instructor at USC and Columbia College, and as a copywriter at Chernoff/Silver & Associates.

“Heathwood played such a formative role in my life, and particularly in shaping the person that I aspire to be, that it is an honor to now have the opportunity to share Heathwood’s story with the larger community. It is energizing and inspiring to spend my days surrounded by Heathwood students and faculty, who do so many amazing things, often with very little fanfare—so to all members of the Heathwood community, any time you think a Heathwood student, parent, alum, teacher or staff member deserves a shout-out, please let me know!”
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Chris Hinchey

Head of School
chinchey@heathwood.org
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Chris Hinchey

Head of School
chinchey@heathwood.org
Chris Hinchey was appointed Head of School at Heathwood Hall in April, 2015. Chris arrived at Heathwood as the Upper School Head in the summer of 2013. Chris has been in education, as a biology teacher, basketball and baseball coach, and administrator, for 25 years. He grew up in Norwich, CT and graduated from Trinity College (CT), where he majored in Biology and captained the basketball team his senior year. He started his career at Avon Old Farms (CT) and then worked for 19 years at Salisbury School, where he served as Dean of Students, Dean of Faculty, and Head Basketball Coach. He also earned his MALS from Wesleyan University (CT) and his MS Ed in School Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania (PA).

Chris has three children, (Ryan 7th, Jack, 4th, and Will 2nd), and lives in Columbia with his wife, Heather. He enjoys the beach, working out, and reading and loves returning to the Rhode Island shoreline each summer. While moving away from his home state of Connecticut – and his family  - was difficult, he values the community feel of Heathwood. In fact, it is what attracted him to the campus when he visited. “Most of my career was spent in the boarding environment, and it was important that I find a learning environment in which the student-teacher relationship was valued. Heathwood recognizes the critical role that adult-student relationships play in the growth, development, and education of young people. I have found a school that is perfect for my children.
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Hillary Kilgus

Development Associate and Events Coordinator
B.S. High Point University
hkilgus@heathwood.org
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Hillary Kilgus

Development Associate and Events Coordinator
B.S. High Point University
hkilgus@heathwood.org
Hillary Kilgus is graduate of High Point University with a Bachelor of Science in Home Furnishings Marketing.  After graduation, Hillary pursued her love for furniture and worked at Furnitureland South to learn more about furniture and the industry in High Point, North Carolina. She enjoyed working there, but was given an opportunity to work in sales for a packaging company in Charlotte. She learned a great deal and gained a lot of experience in the working world for almost two years. Hillary then transitioned to an inside sales job working for a marketing company until she moved her life to Columbia in 2012 when she was engaged to her husband, Chris Kilgus. She then began working at The Price Group Therapeutic and Educational Planning Services for almost four years and enjoyed being their Intake Specialist/Marketing Coordinator. She and her husband Chris enjoying spending time on the coast and with their furry, four-legged child Fitz.
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TJ Kimel

School Receptionist
kimelt@heathwood.org
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Marcus Lattimore

Head Football Coach
lattimorem@heathwood.org
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Blair Mason

MS & US Admissions Associate
masonb@heathwood.org
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Blair Mason

MS & US Admissions Associate
masonb@heathwood.org
Blair joined the Admission Office in 2010 and has worked in all areas of admissions, with a primary focus on Middle School and Upper School. She received her BS degree from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, and previously graduated as a “lifer” from Charlotte Country Day School. Prior to joining the staff of Heathwood Hall, Blair worked for several years as a volunteer in the community and on campus. She has been on multiple auction committees, served as a HPA grade level representative as well as co-chair of the Middle School HPA for two years.

Blair began her career as a Corporate Buyer for Belk Department Stores. She is married to Ernie Mason, and they have two children, Madison (class of 2014) and Benton (class of 2017).
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Jill McCain

Director of Heathwood Plus and Summer Programs
jmccain@heathwood.org
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Connellus Morgan

Microsoft Network Specialist
morganc@heathwood.org
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Ryan Novak

Instructional Technology Specialist
B.A. University of Georgia
M.Ed. Pacific Lutheran University
novakr@heathwood.org
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Ryan Novak

Instructional Technology Specialist
B.A. University of Georgia
M.Ed. Pacific Lutheran University
novakr@heathwood.org
Ryan began teaching middle and high school social studies in Washington state before moving to South Carolina and transitioning into academic technology. He now works with teachers, helping them use technology to expand and enhance students’ learning opportunities, focusing primarily on our 1:1 iPad and laptop programs and our use of Haiku. It is his hope that students will grow as learners, citizens, and as young men and women through the experiences they have while at Heathwood, and that the technology they use here can play just a small part in that development.

“There are so many ways available for students to express themselves and learn about the world, and while technology isn’t the only way to do either of these, it gives them the capability to do it in ways that were previously impossible to imagine. Technology can open their minds and give wings to their imagination."
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Shannon Payne

Human Resource Manager
spayne@heathwood.org
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Erin Pope

Director of Development
B.S. Clemson University
epope@heathwood.org
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Erin Pope

Director of Development
B.S. Clemson University
epope@heathwood.org
Erin Pope, Director of Development, joined Heathwood Hall as Director of Annual Giving in January 2013. Prior to Heathwood, Erin worked as the Manager of Annual Giving for Lexington Medical Center Foundation. She graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Marketing. Erin is passionate about educating the Heathwood community about the importance of good stewardship and the impact it has on our school. She and her husband, Will, have three daughters: Bonnie (2nd), Everette (1st), and Sims (EC 2s), all Heathwood Highlanders.

“Recently, while walking the campus with a couple of alumni parents, I realized more than ever the overwhelming impact generous giving and volunteer engagement have made here over the years.  These two parents had invested significant time, talent, and resources in helping to develop our campus in the 1990s—he was instrumental in getting the Robinson Center built, and she helped with landscaping and the addition of many shade trees. Walking around Heathwood in their company, I was struck by the enduring value of their contributions. These encounters with donors coupled with my daily experiences on the Heathwood campus make me excited share the joy of giving with the Heathwood community and grateful for the opportunity to do work that will leave a lasting impact here.”
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Patty Resch

Accountant
presch@heathwood.org
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Andrew Richardson

Director of Sports Information
Assistant Director of Athletics
arichardson@heathwood.org
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Sarah Roth

Athletic Administrative Assistant
sroth@heathwood.org
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JuLayne Shiflett

Head Athletic Trainer
shiflettj@heathwood.org
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Jay Spearman

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
US PE Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
M.P.H. University of South Carolina
M.S. University of South Carolina
jspearman@heathwood.org
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Jay Spearman

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
US PE Teacher
B.A. University of South Carolina
M.P.H. University of South Carolina
M.S. University of South Carolina
jspearman@heathwood.org
Strength and conditioning has always been a passion for Jay Spearman. That passion became reality after he was faced with three sequential career-ending surgeries during his collegiate football career at the University of South Carolina. While completing his education, Jay gained hands on experience in the field by learning from professionals, at various levels of coaching. These experiences were the driving factors that allowed him to start his coaching career.  He joined the Athletics Department at heathwood in 2015. 

“Coaching allows me to see the big picture from a personal, athletic and academic prospective. As I grow, there are three topics that I always focus on: Passion and Purpose, Education, Practical Application and Evaluation. My passion for developing individuals goes far beyond sports. My goal is to always support the kids so that they may grow and become a better version of themselves. I am a firm believer that God provides us with our knowledge and wisdom to make the world a better place. By educating myself, every moment of life, I am staying on top of the scientific knowledge that I need to build individuals.  The knowledge that I gain through my education is what I put into practice in order to develop individuals. At the end of the day, my goal is to effectively evaluate myself in order to continuously improve. The Heathwood Hall community has supported me since my arrival on campus and I am grateful to call, everyone involved, my family. A quote that I make sure to live by every day is, ‘Progress is forever; never think that you are perfect, always strive to get batter.’”
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Walt Spiegel

Director of Plant Management
spiegelw@heathwood.org
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Liz Summers

Director of Finance and Operations
summersl@heathwood.org
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Liz Summers

Director of Finance and Operations
summersl@heathwood.org
Liz Summers, Assistant Head and Director of Finance and Operations, joined the staff at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in 2001. During her employment she has been responsible for overseeing the expansion and renovation of the School’s campus, including building the Athletic Center, Middle School, Chapel and Dining Commons. In addition to managing the school’s annual budget, Liz oversees the school’s Human Resources, Business Office and transportation functions as well as the school’s physical plant. Prior to her employment with Heathwood Hall, Liz spent 16 years as a commercial lender, credit officer, and manager at Bank of America. 

Liz is an alumna of an Episcopal school, graduated from Mary Baldwin College and earned her MBA from the University of South Carolina. She and her husband West are the parents of two Heathwood Hall graduates. She enjoys working in a school because each day brings different and exciting challenges.   
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Raven Tarpley

School Chaplain
US Religion Teacher
B.A. University of North Carolina
rtarpley@heathwood.org
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Raven Tarpley

School Chaplain
US Religion Teacher
B.A. University of North Carolina
rtarpley@heathwood.org
As a Heathwood alumna and a lifelong member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Raven Tarpley has deep roots in Columbia’s Episcopalian community. She has completed an Education for Ministry (EFM) course at the University of the South at Sewanee and served as an EFM mentor for four years. 

“Always faithful to our Episcopal tradition, we at Heathwood celebrate our differences as well. We strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.”
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Willis Ware

Director of Community Relations
US Multicultural and Global Issues Teacher
B.S. University of Missouri
M.A. University of Missouri
wware@heathwood.org
Willis Ware's picture

Willis Ware

Director of Community Relations
US Multicultural and Global Issues Teacher
B.S. University of Missouri
M.A. University of Missouri
wware@heathwood.org
Willis Ware has served on the faculty and staff at Heathwood for 12 years. His duties include teaching courses in the Upper School, leading an advisory, managing the school's community service efforts, and coordinating multicultural initiatives. Willis, who received All-Conference and All-American honors on the University of Missouri’s cross country and track teams, is also the head girls’ cross country coach and track coach.

Willis has three years experience in academic counseling and personal counseling at the university level and twelve years experience in family counseling. He also has over 25 years experience managing community service projects for high school and college students. He received a Chamber of Commerce Civic Award for community service as an undergraduate student, and served as the president of the United Way of the Midlands Blueprint for Leadership class of 2005. He has also served on the American Red Cross Diversity Leadership Council, the Youth Corps Board of Directors, the Hope Worldwide S.C. Board of Directors, and chaired the PAIS Diversity  Leadership Committee.  He has completed training in the NAIS Summer Diversity Institute and was recognized by Palmetto Association of Independent Schools for his leadership in the development of the first PAIS Inclusivity Conference. He currently serves as a Diplomat for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and has recently completed training in Brown University’s Choices Program’s Engaging Students in Inquiry and Discussion on International Issues.

Willis’ daughter, Lydia, is a Heathwood Alum (09) and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

“My responsibilities at Heathwood have allowed me to work with students, faculty, and parents and see firsthand the sense of community that is sustained here year after year.  Heathwood provides an environment in and out of the classroom where students are challenged to think critically and serve passionately as they develop their God-given gifts.”
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Jeff Whalen

Director of Athletics
jwhalen@heathwood.org
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Stan Wood

PEAK Director
B.S. University of South Carolina
swood@heathwood.org
Stan Wood's picture

Stan Wood

PEAK Director
B.S. University of South Carolina
swood@heathwood.org
Stan Wood has been a faculty member at Heathwood since 1983 and has served as Director of the PEAK program since 1997. He previously served as Athletic Director and was head coach of several varsity sports including boys basketball and track. Stan graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1983 with a degree in Physical Education, and is a 1986 and 1998 graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Stan was recognized by the Richland County Conservation District as Conservation Teacher-of-the-Year in 2001 and was awarded the Jim Gasque Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010. He is an experienced kayaker, mountain and road biker, backpacker, mountaineer, and adventure racer. Stan is also a master SCUBA diver and a certified rescue diver.

“I believe students learn best when they actively participate in the learning process. Heathwood has always maintained a commitment to bring learning to life, whether through strong arts and sports programs, special grade-level class projects and trips, or extended internship and international travel opportunities. Being given the opportunity to create the PEAK program has allowed me an avenue to pursue my educational ideals by immersing students in challenging and exciting experiences that move them past levels of comfort, foster self-confidence and generate qualities related to leadership. I am indeed fortunate to work at a place that expects experiential learning to be a critical piece of the education process for every child.”