Developing Essential 21st-Century Skills

We recognize the importance of developing confident and joyful learners who are well-prepared for the academic journey still ahead of them.

Our primary focus is on getting to know each individual child as both a learner and as a person. That philosophy is essential to helping all students become the best versions of themselves, which is why we have two teachers in each classroom throughout the Lower School supporting the core academic instruction. The presence of the second adult allows the teachers to work intentionally with small groups of students throughout the day, as well as offer extra support when needed, or provide opportunities for stretching learning beyond the lesson, providing a differentiated and challenging learning environment for every student.

Curriculum

In the Lower School, we focus on reaching and responding to each individual child in a manner that cultivates future academic success while also allowing for personal growth in an environment of compassion. We believe in the importance of educating the whole child - emphasizing academic rigor while also nurturing their social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development. Our students gain the skills necessary to be confident, curious, independent, and self-aware young people, who will be good stewards of the broader world around them.

In addition to a traditional curriculum that builds a strong foundation for higher-level work in core disciplines like math, science, English, and social studies, students in each Lower School grade undertake sustained exhibitions of mastery that develop skills that are particularly vital in today’s knowledge economy, such as critical thinking, creativity, and public speaking.

Students also meet regularly with specialty teachers for engaging lessons in art, music, science, library, Spanish, PE, guidance, and chapel.

Programs

Related Arts

In addition to core academic coursework, our robust related arts curriculum includes fine arts, foreign language, physical education, and religious instruction. Both visual arts and music are taught by faculty members who are experts in those fields and who work exclusively with our younger students. All Lower School students take Spanish, and have P.E. each week. Our Godly Play religion curriculum helps students learn the stories of the Hebrew scriptures and New Testament in a hands-on way that is perfect for young faith explorers, while respecting the faith traditions of all peoples.
LEAP Week (Learning, Engagement, Action, Possibilities) is a week when the regular curriculum is suspended for part of the day to give students the opportunity to explore other interests and discover new passions. Each year, for one week, students can select two courses from a menu of 15-20. Recent LEAP Week courses have included Herb Gardening, Colonial and Native American Activities, Tennis, Ballet, Exploring Latin America and Spain, Animal Lovers Book Club, Popular Mechanics – Building Bridges, and Creative Writing.

Technology

Our students in grades 1 – 4 participate in a 1:1 iPad program, our teachers have access to interactive instructional tools and web services, and the classrooms have shared devices that promote hands-on learning with the personalization that technology can offer. We understand that integrating technology into the classroom is a delicate balance, so we try to incorporate technology in age-appropriate ways that serve our students well.

Year-Round, All-Day Care

Through our Afternoon Express program and Summer Camps, Heathwood provides attentive care and enriching opportunities for students outside of regular school hours. Heathwood offers both early morning and after school care for lower school students that includes meaningful games and activities that complement the curricular goals of the school day. On nice days, students enjoy playing outdoors on our 122-acre campus.

Lower School Staff

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Read more about Divya Amin

Divya Amin

1st Grade Associate Teacher
damin@heathwood.org

Divya Amin

1st Grade Associate Teacher

damin@heathwood.org

Divya holds a B.A. from Columbia College and first became a substitute teacher at in 2001 and an associate teacher in 2002. She joined the Heathwood family in 2004 as the parent of Avnika ‘10 and joined Heathwood faculty in 2009.

 

Read more about Kim Bain

Kim Bain

EC & LS Librarian
kbain@heathwood.org

Kim Bain

EC & LS Librarian

kbain@heathwood.org

Kim joined Heathwood in the fall of 2009 as a third grade lead teacher. After 12 years in that position, she transitioned to become the EC/LS librarian. Her career as an educator has included experiences from Pre K - Middle School in both public and independent schools. She holds a B.A. from Converse College and an M.Ed. from Georgia State University, and she and her husband, Donnie, also have 30 + years of running a summer residential camp in Western North Carolina.

Read more about Catherine Barnhill

Catherine Barnhill

Kindergarten Lead Teacher
cbarnhill@heathwood.org

Catherine Barnhill

Kindergarten Lead Teacher

cbarnhill@heathwood.org

Catherine Barnhill has served Heathwood Hall in a variety of roles for many years. She has served as our Lower School Learning Specialist, 2nd Grade Lead Teacher, and is currently a 1st Grade Lead Teacher. Catherine has a Bachelors in Education from University of South Carolina and a Masters in Special Education, with an emphasis on Learning Differences. As a first grade teacher, Catherine values all learning styles and the magic of learning through the eyes of our young students.

In 2022, Catherine was named South Carolina Independent Schools Association Lower School Teacher of the Year.

Read more about LeAnna Beck

LeAnna Beck

2nd Grade Associate Teacher
lbeck@heathwood.org

LeAnna Beck

2nd Grade Associate Teacher

lbeck@heathwood.org

LeAnna grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she played on the Wolfpack’s Varsity Tennis team. Before joining the Heathwood faculty, she worked at Kilbourne Park Baptist Preschool for several years as a lead and assistant teacher. She has also served as a tennis coach for elementary, middle, and high school students. Most recently, she coached JV tennis at Dreher High School. LeAnna is a sports fanatic and is a mom to three crazed fans as well: Elaine, a Georgia Bulldog (’19); Anna Jamieson, a UNC Tar Heel (’23); and James, a USC Gamecock (’24).

Read more about Deborah Boston

Deborah Boston

Kindergarten Associate Teacher
dboston@heathwood.org

Deborah Boston

Kindergarten Associate Teacher

dboston@heathwood.org

Mrs. Boston received her Bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University and her Juris Doctorate from Quinnipiac University. She has also spent time as a lead teacher and administrator of her church's Sunday School and Vacation Bible School program. Mrs. Boston and her husband, The Right Reverend Dane Boston of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, also have four children at Heathwood -  Myles '36, Ruthie '37, Thomas '32, and Eleanor '28. 

Read more about Melissa Brookshire

Melissa Brookshire

EC & LS Art Teacher
mbrookshire@heathwood.org

Melissa Brookshire

EC & LS Art Teacher

mbrookshire@heathwood.org

Melissa joined the Heathwood community in 2010 and loves fostering the creative learning of our youngest Highlanders. Melissa studied Studio Art at the College of Charleston, focusing on photography, printmaking, and metalwork sculpting. Later, she earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from Liberty University. Believing art is an integral part of teaching the whole child, Melissa feels creativity and the arts fuel and support a successful academic career. 

Outside of school, Melissa enjoys photography, graphic design, and gouache painting. She loves spending time with her family and her energetic dog, Rocky. 

Read more about Jamison Browder

Jamison Browder

EC/LS Science Resource Teacher
MS Boys Basketball Coach
jbrowder@heathwood.org

Jamison Browder

EC/LS Science Resource Teacher
MS Boys Basketball Coach

jbrowder@heathwood.org

Jamie comes to Heathwood after 17 years of experience as an early childhood and elementary public school teacher. He is a life-long learner with a B.S. in Anthropology; a B.S. in Elementary Education; and both a M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education. As the Greenhouse Manager and EC/LS Science Resource Teacher, Jamie uses the greenhouse and edible forest to enhance his science curriculum. Jamie has a passion for all sports, in particular basketball. He has experience coaching AAU boys basketball, and currently serves as our Middle School boys' basketball coach. 

Read more about Rebecca Craig Busbee

Rebecca Craig Busbee

EC & LS Music Teacher
rbusbee@heathwood.org

Rebecca Craig Busbee

EC & LS Music Teacher

rbusbee@heathwood.org

Rebecca completed her undergraduate degree in Music Education with an emphasis in vocal and choral music from Winthrop University. While at Winthrop, Rebecca participated in various vocal ensembles including the Winthrop Chorale, the Madrigal Feast Singers, and the Opera Workshop ensemble. Following graduation, Rebecca became a member of the Columba Chorale Society and enjoyed many years singing under the direction of Dr. Larry Wyatt and SC Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Nicholas Smith. Rebecca began her teaching career with middle school chorus in 1993 and then transitioned into the general music elementary classroom. Outside the classroom, Rebecca has directed the Northeast Presbyterian Church Kids' Choir for 15 years, as well as served in the music ministry for the past 20 years as a vocalist and choir member. She previously served has the women's minister music coordinator for 10 years and the Sunday Kids' worship leader for 3 years. In addition, Rebecca has served at NEPC as the VBS music coordinator for the preschool and the elementary school-age children for 15 years. Rebecca came to Heathwood in 2019 along with her son Josh '28. Rebecca is the mother of 3 boys and loves teaching the amazingly bright children at Heathwood!

Read more about Brian Buscher

Brian Buscher

Head Baseball Coach
EC & LS PE Teacher
bbuscher@heathwood.org

Brian Buscher

Head Baseball Coach
EC & LS PE Teacher

bbuscher@heathwood.org

Brian Buscher is a Lower School Physical Education teacher and heads Heathwood’s baseball program. Coach Buscher is a graduate of the University of South Carolina , where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology. Before his teaching career started, he was a professional baseball player for nine years and Division 1 college baseball assistant coach for six years.

Read more about Jennifer Carson

Jennifer Carson

4th Grade Lead Teacher
jcarson@heathwood.org

Jennifer Carson

4th Grade Lead Teacher

jcarson@heathwood.org

Jennifer Carson has more than 25 years of teaching experience, a majority of it in independent schools in South Carolina. Most of her teaching career has been as a 4th and 5th-grade teacher of math and science. At her previous school in Pawleys Island, where she was named Lower School Teacher of the Year in 2015, she taught 4th and 5th-graders math and science. She was also instrumental in creating and implementing STEM education for the school and became the Lower School STEM teacher, teaching grades first through fifth. Jennifer is dedicated to instilling a love for math and science in her students, in addition to making learning fun and relevant. She earned her degree in Elementary Education from USC. During her early years of teaching, she also continued her education by earning her Master’s degree in education.

Read more about Susannah Cook

Susannah Cook

2nd Grade Associate Teacher
scook@heathwood.org

Susannah Cook

2nd Grade Associate Teacher

scook@heathwood.org

Susannah Cook joined the Heathwood community in 2015 as Parent Liaison. In 2017, she moved into the classroom, where she's been ever since. She is the mother of two Highlanders, Jack '21 and Addie-Grace '22. She holds a B.A. from Westminster College and an M.Div. from Columbia Seminary.

Read more about Allison Cox

Allison Cox

4th Grade Associate Teacher
acox@heathwood.org

Allison Cox

4th Grade Associate Teacher

acox@heathwood.org

Allison Cox is a Columbia native who received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Masters in Teaching from the University of South Carolina. She taught Language Arts and Reading for 15 years in Richland Districts One and Two. Allison has a daughter who will graduate in the class of 2023.

Read more about Allyson Crawford

Allyson Crawford

4th Grade Lead Teacher
acrawford@heathwood.org

Allyson Crawford

4th Grade Lead Teacher

acrawford@heathwood.org

Allyson holds a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as a Masters of Art in Teaching degree. Allyson began her teaching journey after graduating from college by volunteering in a 1st - 3rd grade Montessori classroom. After discovering a deep passion for teaching, she continued to expand her experience in the role of a literature teacher in Colorado Springs. She joined the Heathwood community in January of 2020 as a Fourth Grade Lead teacher.

Read more about Mary Kay Deese

Mary Kay Deese

Assistant Head of Early Childhood & Lower School
mdeese@heathwood.org

Mary Kay Deese

Assistant Head of Early Childhood & Lower School

mdeese@heathwood.org

Mary Kay joined Heathwood in 2017 as the Assistant Head of Early Childhood and Lower School. Since then, she has become a dedicated Highlander and shows her school spirit at Lower School Town Hall and cheering for The Hall at many sporting events. Prior to arriving at Heathwood, Mary Kay served as a site visitor, workshop leader, and consultant for the Primary Years Programme for International Baccalaureate for fifteen years. She and her family also spent a stint in Michigan where Mary Kay worked with Teach for America and the University of Michigan. For the first fourteen years of her career, Mary Kay worked at Spartanburg Day School as a third and fourth-grade teacher and IB Coordinator. Mary Kay graduated from Furman University with a BA in Elementary Education, and has an MEd from Converse College in Gifted and Talented Education and an EdS in Curriculum Development.

Read more about Jenny Holder

Jenny Holder

EC & LS School Counselor
jholder@heathwood.org

Jenny Holder

EC & LS School Counselor

jholder@heathwood.org

Jenny Cathcart Holder is a local product, having lived in Columbia all of her life.  She is a graduate of Heathwood Hall, Class of 2000, where she was involved in several programs, participated in various sports, and earned the Headmaster's Award.  As a Heathwood student, Jenny was always fond of the school counselor, enjoyed being a peer counselor, and made it her goal to one day hold a similar post.  After earning a double major in Psychology and Spanish from Auburn University, she came back to Heathwood and began working as a teacher in the Afternoon Express program.  She has served in several other roles at the school, including Spanish/Study Skills teacher in the Middle School and Associate teacher and Spanish teacher in the Lower School.  While working in those various roles, she completed her Education Specialist degree in Counselor Education, School Counseling from the University of South Carolina in 2010.  As the Early Childhood and Lower School Counselor, Jenny is doing what she has desired since her Heathwood student days: helping to foster and support the community that she loves.  Her current professional affiliations include the American Counseling Association, American School Counseling Association, and the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Read more about Rachel Hoover

Rachel Hoover

Kindergarten Associate Teacher
rhoover@heathwood.org

Rachel Hoover

Kindergarten Associate Teacher

rhoover@heathwood.org

Ms Hoover holds a B.A. from the University of Georgia and has been at Heathwood for since 2019. As a mother of a Highlander, she understands how special this place is! Ms Hoover loves getting to know each student in the class on a personal level to help each one achieve success. She also loves interacting with students’ families.

Read more about Stefanie Hughes

Stefanie Hughes

Kindergarten Associate Teacher
shughes@heathwood.org

Stefanie Hughes

Kindergarten Associate Teacher

shughes@heathwood.org

Stefanie received her BA in Communication from North Carolina State University and her MA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked as an instructor at the community college level, a bookseller at an independent children’s bookstore, and a children’s outreach coordinator at PBS-NC. She started at Heathwood as a substitute teacher and is now an associate teacher in the first grade. Stefanie can often be found organizing the classroom library, prepping supplies for an art project, or taking photos of the children! Stefanie is the parent of three Highlanders: Charlotte ‘21, Sophie ‘24 and Julian ‘26.

Read more about Lynn Humphrey

Lynn Humphrey

EC & LS PE Teacher
lhumphrey@heathwood.org

Lynn Humphrey

EC & LS PE Teacher

lhumphrey@heathwood.org

Lynn has been a teacher and coach since 1984. She has coached Varsity Softball, MS Girls Basketball, Varsity Volleyball. She currently coaches with both girls and boys golf programs. Coach Humphrey competes in the LPGA Amateur Assoc. and volunteers with the organization's tournament operations staff. With a Bachelors and Masters in the Physical Education field, Coach Humphrey focuses on helping students find joy and success in movement and being physically fit.

Read more about Michelle Kunz

Michelle Kunz

Academic Interventionist, Transition Program
mkunz@heathwood.org

Michelle Kunz

Academic Interventionist, Transition Program

mkunz@heathwood.org

After 23 years in public education, Michelle and her family moved to Columbia to become a part of the Heathwood community. Before arriving at Heathwood she served as a special education teacher, classroom teacher, dean of students, instructional coach, and an International Baccalaureate (IB) coordinator. She also serves as a consultant and workshop leader for IB throughout the USA and Canada. Michelle holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa. She and her husband, Lee, have two children. Parker, 24, lives in New Hampshire, and Madeline is a member of the Heathwood Class of 2023.

Read more about Nikki Merritt

Nikki Merritt

EC & LS Administrative Assistant
nmerritt@heathwood.org

Nikki Merritt

EC & LS Administrative Assistant

nmerritt@heathwood.org

Nikki Merritt holds a B.A. from Sewanee. She worked in Heathwood's Development Office 1998-2001, then moved to Greenville where both of her children were born.  After four years in Greenville and four years in Houston, her family moved back to Columbia in 2009 and joined the Heathwood community.  Nikki worked as EC3 Associate Teacher for one year and then began volunteering with Heathwood's Auction and Parent Association and serving as substitute teacher until April 2018 when she joined EC/LS as Administrative Assistant.  

Read more about Katie Novak

Katie Novak

1st Grade Lead Teacher
knovak@heathwood.org

Katie Novak

1st Grade Lead Teacher

knovak@heathwood.org

Katie first joined the Heathwood family in the mid 2000s as an Afternoon Express teacher. After earning her degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina, she enjoyed a year with the four-year-olds at Heathwood before she accepted a position as a second grade teacher in the Lexington-Richland 5 school district, where she taught for three years. She stepped away from the classroom to be home with her two beautiful daughters for their earliest years, but she returned to teaching at Heathwood in 2019 to join our first grade team. Katie loves the Heathwood campus, and her heart feels at home when she is with the Heathwood community. While away from Heathwood, she also earned her Masters in Language and Literacy from the University of South Carolina and a certification in Teaching Reading (K-12th grade), a major benefit to the young readers and writers in her classroom. Her passion is building a love for reading in young children. Katie is married to Ryan Novak, our academic technology specialist, and is the mother to two happy Highlanders, class of ‘32 and ‘35.

Read more about Jill Parham

Jill Parham

Kindergarten Associate Teacher
jparham@heathwood.org

Jill Parham

Kindergarten Associate Teacher

jparham@heathwood.org

Jill began working at Heathwood as a substitute teacher prior to becoming an Associate Teacher in 2018.   Jill and her family moved to Columbia from Greensboro, N.C. in 2012. She worked at Greensboro Day School in Counseling and Learning Support, as well as in the Athletic Department supporting the winningest high school basketball coach in North Carolina history.  Prior to Greensboro Day, Jill managed physician practices in North Carolina and Atlanta, worked in finance at the headquarters of Labcorp, and managed physician and employer reporting for UnitedHealthcare. She graduated from Elon University with a degree in Psychology.

Jill’s daughter Lilly is a member of the Heathwood Hall Class of 2027.  Her son Carter graduated from Heathwood and is an Aviation Rescue Swimmer in Navy Special Warfare in Virginia Beach.  Her oldest daughter Caroline is an elementary school teacher in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and 2-year-old son.  Jill is married to Steve Parham, a Senior Vice President at Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina.

Read more about Susan Powell

Susan Powell

2nd Grade Associate Teacher
spowell@heathwood.org

Susan Powell

2nd Grade Associate Teacher

spowell@heathwood.org

Susan attended Rhodes College, where she a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education as well as Religious Studies. She has five previous years of experience teaching fifth grade in independent schools and also recently completed coursework in Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory teaching. Susan’s son, Henry '31, and daughter, Gray '28, are also Highlanders. 

Read more about Virginia Puhlasky

Virginia Puhlasky

Kindergarten Associate Teacher
vpuhlasky@heathwood.org

Virginia Puhlasky

Kindergarten Associate Teacher

vpuhlasky@heathwood.org

Virginia is a Furman graduate with a BA degree in English. Virginia’s ties to Heathwood run deep as she and her brother were both “lifers” here, her mother, Sandra Hall, is a teacher at Heathwood, and her father served on Heathwood’s Board of Trustees. Virginia is also the mother of two current Heathwood students, Mary Wallace '32 and Sara Marshall '35. Virginia has worked in the political and non-profit arenas, as well as here at Heathwood as an Afternoon Express teacher, summer camp director, and long-term substitute teacher.

Read more about Kathy Richardson

Kathy Richardson

3rd Grade Associate Teacher
krichardson@heathwood.org

Kathy Richardson

3rd Grade Associate Teacher

krichardson@heathwood.org

Kathy Richardson has been teaching school in South Carolina for over a decade. Kathy grew up in Sumter, South Carolina and received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from Clemson University. She has also taken several graduate classes in special education at USC and has been trained in and taught Orton-Gillingham. Kathy has a true passion for for education and teaching. Helping each child progress in all areas of their development is a challenge that she has been honored to accept at Heathwood Hall. Kathy strives to assist and help create a community of learners that nurtures each student's growth in a positive, fun and challenging environment. 

Read more about Stephanie Scanlon

Stephanie Scanlon

Head of Early Childhood and Lower School
sscanlon@heathwood.org

Stephanie Scanlon

Head of Early Childhood and Lower School

sscanlon@heathwood.org

Stephanie joined Heathwood as Head of the Early Childhood and Lower School divisions after eight years as the founding Head of St, Matthew’s School in Bedford, N.Y. She also worked for 12 years at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT in a variety of positions (Kindergarten teacher, Early Childhood Theology teacher, Coordinator of Early Childhood, & Director of Extended programming).  Stephanie’s career started at the Quaker Ridge School in Scarsdale, NY, where she served for three years as a Second Grade teacher.  Stephanie earned her B.A. from SUNY (State University of New York) Purchase in Psychology and holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching from Fordham University and an MPS in Educational Leadership from Manhattanville College. 

Read more about Anna Schafer

Anna Schafer

Kindergarten Lead Teacher
aschafer@heathwood.org

Anna Schafer

Kindergarten Lead Teacher

aschafer@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 more than 15 years of teaching experience, most of which have been at the kindergarten level. She is the mother of two Heathwood Highlanders, Harlan '28 and Ramsey '31.

Read more about Denise Smith

Denise Smith

1st Grade Lead Teacher
dsmith@heathwood.org

Denise Smith

1st Grade Lead Teacher

dsmith@heathwood.org

Denise Smith joined the Heathwood community in 2017 as a teacher in the Lower School. She grew up in Illinois and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Illinois University in 2003 with a B.S. in Special Education. She started teaching in the Chicago Public Schools at Jordan Community School where she was a special education classroom teacher. In addition to teaching, she oversaw and implemented the Continuous Improvement Plan set forth for the school. Denise also spent time teaching in the Waterloo (IA) Community Schools and St. George’s Episcopal School in New Orleans. While in New Orleans, Denise was named one of the coordinators for the Ready, Set, Read! summer reading program at St. George’s. There she led a team of teachers each summer from 2013-2017 in a three-week-long specialized intervention program for struggling readers. Denise’s passion as an educator is to help her students wonder about the world around them and to find the joys of childhood in learning. Denise is the proud mother of two Highlanders, Noah ‘25 and Lydia ‘28.

Read more about Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith

4th Grade Associate Teacher
lsmith@heathwood.org

Lauren Smith

4th Grade Associate Teacher

lsmith@heathwood.org

Lauren joined the Heathwood community in 2010 as a parent to Ramsey(‘25). When her son, Henry(‘28) came to Heathwood, Lauren began a new role as an associate teacher in an EC3s class. Lauren has prior experience in elementary education in the South Carolina public school system. In addition to the 3s class, Lauren has taught 1st grade and 4th grade at Heathwood. She holds a B.S. from the University of South Carolina and an M.Ed. from Converse College.

Read more about Stefani Walston

Stefani Walston

EC & LS PE Teacher
Head Volleyball Coach
swalston@heathwood.org

Stefani Walston

EC & LS PE Teacher
Head Volleyball Coach

swalston@heathwood.org

Stefani joined the faculty at Heathwood in 2017. She currently teaches both Lower School and Early Childhood Physical Education. In addition to her work in the classroom, Stefani is the Head Women’s Varsity Volleyball Coach, and has previously served as Head Coach to the Middle School Volleyball program. Outside of Heathwood she has played and coached volleyball at both the colligate and club levels. Before moving to South Carolina, Stefani spent two years serving as the first assistant at Iona College for the Women’s volleyball and a year serving as the Second Assistant at Rider University. She has coached numerous camps and clubs for over 12 years. Stefani comes to us from Long Island, New York, where she graduated from Molloy College with B.A. in Communications with a minor in Psychology.

Read more about Laura Wannamaker

Laura Wannamaker

3rd Grade Associate Teacher
lwannamaker@heathwood.org

Laura Wannamaker

3rd Grade Associate Teacher

lwannamaker@heathwood.org

Laura is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where she earned her (MSW) Master’s degree in Social Work. She also has a BA in Psychology from Agnes Scott College. She has put those degrees to good use in both the medical and education fields. Most recently, she worked at Kilbourne Park Baptist Preschool as an assistant teacher.

Read more about Brooke Whiteman

Brooke Whiteman

3rd Grade Lead Teacher
bwhiteman@heathwood.org

Brooke Whiteman

3rd Grade Lead Teacher

bwhiteman@heathwood.org

Brooke Whiteman became a member of the Heathwood Hall faculty in the Fall of 2001. A graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1999, Brooke taught fifth-grade English and Social Studies for two years in Virginia before moving to Columbia and joining Heathwood Hall as a fifth-grade teacher in the Middle School. She taught Humanities, Math, and Science before joining the Lower School faculty in 2003, where she has continued to serve as a Third Grade Lead Teacher. Brooke and her husband, Scott, have two children, Alex (class of 2023), and Anna.

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