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The time to define yourself.

At Heathwood, adolescents get consistent, individualized attention from teachers who care. Our academic program has four key elements that distinguish it from other programs:

  • A challenging and supportive educational experience that provides an excellent foundation for college.
  • Occasions for deep analysis and scholarship—for not simply absorbing knowledge but also contributing to it.
  • Opportunities for exploring new interests and passions within an academic structure.
  • An environment that emphasizes citizenship and your child’s role in the larger community.

What will you get out of your Heathwood experience?

So how do we foster a love of learning, turning bright young students into thoughtful, successful adults? Through a careful sequencing of core classes, a rich selection of electives and AP courses, the most honored independent school faculty in the state, and a number of signature programs that bring out the best in our students.

Curriculum

At the core of the Upper School experience is a robust, challenging, and student-centered academic curriculum. Implemented by our committed, nurturing faculty, this curriculum makes for an academic program that prepares our students for success in college and throughout their future. Students will be challenged in the traditional disciplines while being offered opportunities to explore newer fields of study and innovative courses.

View Full Upper School Curriculum [Google Doc]

Concentrations

Students with a strong interest in the sciences or the arts can choose one of the following concentrations for additional opportunities.

Honors Science Research Program

The Honors Science and Research program is designed to challenge students academically and provide authentic laboratory experiences that prepare them for future success in the sciences.

Visual Art Concentration

VAC students fulfill all of Heathwood Hall’s normal graduation requirements, but with increased Visual Art requirements and dedicated art-making time outside of class.

Opportunities

Students spend a week pursuing experiences that broaden their educational experience. Students may choose to participate in activities that are staged locally, or they may choose to become involved in a program that travels regionally, domestically, or even internationally. Recent Winterim trips have taken our students to more than 20 countries on five continents.
Supported by a joint committee of adults and peers, each senior pursues a yearlong scholarly research project on a topic of their choosing. In addition to thinking deeply and writing thoroughly about their topic, seniors must also take part in the Senior Symposium, in which they demonstrate mastery of their topic through a public presentation.

Technology

Each student in the Upper School gets their own laptop. Heathwood Hall has been a leader in instructional technology for many years, with an approach that has always been rooted in the goal of finding meaningful ways to integrate technology into the academic experience. This allows us to foster the development of key 21st-century skills: collaboration, creativity, information and media literacy, to name a few.
In the Upper School the school-wide community service program becomes a more formal and individualized experience. Each student is required to complete 20 hours of community service each year. Students are free to pursue service opportunities that are of interest to them and make an impact on the community. 

Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship involves positive behaviors that make for healthy interactions online and offline in addition to an awareness of how online experiences are different from offline experiences. We help adolescents develop behaviors that make their online experiences authentic and respectful, while also protecting them from the always-connected, unforgetting, and often anonymous world of the Internet.

Heathwood graduates are college-ready.

Our students are prepared for the next phase of their academic careers.

We take care to introduce our students and families to a broad range of options—there are over 4000 college options across the country, in Canada, and in the UK.

It is our priority to know each young person as a unique individual and guide them in making informed choices in light their aspirations, ability, style, and strengths.

College Planning Process

We recognize that the range of college choices available to each student is directly related to their own effort and individual habits of mind. Therefore, we guide students in taking ownership over their high school education and college planning process, knowing that doing so will maximize the college options that will later become available to them.

The college planning process formally begins in the junior year. A combination of meetings, events and online resources enables students and families to engage thoughtfully in the process:

  • Students meet with college counselors one-on one to discuss academic strengths, aspirations, and viable college options.
  • Students use Naviance – an online college planning platform – to manage their search and their applications.
  • Day and evening programs throughout the year are designed to inform juniors and their families of various aspects of the college process and create excitement for the journey that lies ahead.
  • Teachers and advisors communicate regularly with the college counseling staff as they prepare student recommendations.

On a less formal basis, the college counseling office engages freshman and sophomores in developmentally appropriate ways so that they, too, may be inspired to position themselves optimally for a broad range of college options.

Need a transcript?

Please phone your request to our Registrar, Mr. Donnie Bain, at 803-231-7745, or email at dbain@heathwood.org; please include your full name, graduation date, and the address to which your transcript should be sent in your request.

 

Information for College Representatives

Heathwood Hall is welcoming all college-admission representatives back to our campus! 

Access Our School Visit Calendar

If you have any questions about on-campus visits to Heathwood, please contact Mrs. Kenetta Dash: kdash@heathwood.org.

Upper School Faculty

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Read more about John Adams

John Adams

US History Teacher
jadams@heathwood.org

John Adams

US History Teacher

jadams@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. He holds both a B.A. and an M.A. from Furman University.

Read more about Donnie Bain

Donnie Bain

US Registrar
dbain@heathwood.org

Donnie Bain

US Registrar

dbain@heathwood.org

Donnie Bain has been an educator for more than 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 eight years at Heathwood Hall.  Donnie has a B.A. from Davidson College and Master of Education from Ga. State University.

Read more about Bryce Bancroft

Bryce Bancroft

US Latin Teacher
bbancroft@heathwood.org

Bryce Bancroft

US Latin Teacher

bbancroft@heathwood.org

Bryce joined Heathwood Hall’s Upper School faculty in 2017, after moving from Boston, Massachusetts. He is originally from Atlanta, GA, and earned a B.A. from Davidson College with a major in Classics with Departmental Honors and a minor in Religion. After spending two years teaching Latin at a small independent school in St. Simon’s Island, GA and one year covering a sabbatical at Georgetown Preparatory School just outside of Washington, D.C., he moved to Boston, MA in 2014 and earned an M.A. in Classics from Tufts University and an M.Ed. from Harvard University in Technology, Innovation, and Education. 

Read more about Rip Blackstone

Rip Blackstone

US Math Teacher
rblackstone@heathwood.org

Rip Blackstone

US Math Teacher

rblackstone@heathwood.org

Rip Blackstone earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1983 and practiced law for nine years prior to joining the Heathwood faculty in 1992.  He is chairman of the math department for the Upper School, coach of the math team and assistant Varsity and JV football coach.  Rip was named SCISA Upper School Teacher of the Year in 2016. 

Read more about Sara Burrows

Sara Burrows

US History Teacher
sburrows@heathwood.org

Sara Burrows

US History Teacher

sburrows@heathwood.org

Dr. Sara Burrows spent 13 years teaching History at the University of South Carolina before joining the Heathwood faculty in 2016. 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.

Sara holds a B.A. from Western Carolina University, an M.A. from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.

Read more about Lori Byrd

Lori Byrd

US Spanish Teacher
lbyrd@heathwood.org

Lori Byrd

US Spanish Teacher

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.  

Read more about Kenetta Dash

Kenetta Dash

Associate Director of College Counseling
kdash@heathwood.org

Kenetta Dash

Associate Director of College Counseling

kdash@heathwood.org

Kenetta Dash joined the College Counseling team in March 2021. Before Heathwood, she served as a college counselor at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, where she provided attentive guidance to students and their families throughout all stages of the college search and admission process.  

Bringing 18 years of college admission and career preparatory experience from a variety of collegiate settings, Kenetta earned a B.S. in mass communications from West Virginia State University and a M.A. in communication studies from West Virginia University. She holds the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) credential and is an Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW). Her professional memberships include the Southern Association for College Admissions Counseling (SACAC) and the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS). Currently, she serves on the 2021-22 Counselor Advisory Board for Washington University in St. Louis.

Prior to working in education, Kenetta enjoyed a career in broadcasting, working for FOX and CBS affiliates, and hosting a weekly DJ slot at WMUL-FM. A proud West Virginia native, she has also called South Carolina home for the last 17 years. In her free time, she enjoys making memories with her family and friends, browsing estate sales, and traveling. She is very close to visiting 100 college campuses across the United States.

Read more about Gigi Dawson

Gigi Dawson

US History Teacher
gdawson@heathwood.org

Gigi Dawson

US History Teacher

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.

Gigi holds a B.A. from Converse College and an M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina.

Read more about Mary Kay Deese

Mary Kay Deese

College Counseling Coordinator
mdeese@heathwood.org

Mary Kay Deese

College Counseling Coordinator

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 Karen Eggebrecht

Karen Eggebrecht

US Math Teacher
keggebrecht@heathwood.org

Karen Eggebrecht

US Math Teacher

keggebrecht@heathwood.org

A native of Rochester, NY, Karen joined the Heathwood faculty in the fall of 2020 teaching mathematics in the Upper School. Karen initially earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Statistics before pursuing her master’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. Prior to moving to Columbia she spent twenty years teaching at Charlotte Catholic High School. While at Charlotte Catholic HS she was recognized as teacher of the year, receiving the Verbesey Award for Excellence in Education in 2010 and again in 2019. In addition to teaching, Karen has taken part in grading the AP Statistics exam for the past ten years through the College Board, serving as both a reader and table leader. In her spare time you will find Karen spending time with family and friends or traveling the country with her husband in their Airstream.

Read more about Julie Firetag

Julie Firetag

US Government Teacher
jfiretag@heathwood.org

Julie Firetag

US Government Teacher

jfiretag@heathwood.org

Julie Firetag joined the Heathwood faculty in 2016 to teach courses in government for the Upper School and currently serves as the History Department Chair.  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, Julie 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 taught at the university level before arriving at Heathwood - teaching both in the classroom and via distance learning at Midlands Technical College and Florence-Darlington Technical College.  Julie and her husband Adam have one daughter, Rebecca (‘27), who is a Heathwood Lifer.

Read more about Mary Beth Fry

Mary Beth Fry

Director of College Counseling
mfry@heathwood.org

Mary Beth Fry

Director of College Counseling

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.

Read more about Elizabeth Grove

Elizabeth Grove

Upper School Counselor
egrove@heathwood.org

Elizabeth Grove

Upper School Counselor

egrove@heathwood.org

A member of Heathwood's class of '95, Elizabeth was excited to join our faculty in 2018 as the Upper School Counselor, PEAK Associate, and Psychology teacher. Elizabeth attributes her love for learning and teaching to the hard work and dedication of her beloved Heathwood teachers from 4k through the 12th grade.  As an upper school student, she was selected to participate in a peer counseling program that first piqued her interest in a counseling profession. The strong sense of community, the relationships between students and faculty, and the creative experiential learning that happens on and off this campus are some of the things Elizabeth loves most about Heathwood. After earning a B.A. in Secondary Education from Clemson University, she then completed her Education Specialist (Ed.S) degree Counseling at the University of South Carolina. Her life has come full circle now as she is also the proud parent of two teenage Highlanders.

Read more about Hannah Guignard

Hannah Guignard

Upper School Science Teacher
hguignard@heathwood.org

Hannah Guignard

Upper School Science Teacher

hguignard@heathwood.org

Hannah is a native of Alexandria, VA. She attended the University of South Carolina, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Prior to joining the Heathwood community in the fall of 2020, Hannah worked as a critical care nurse at Prisma Health Richland. As a nurse, she served as a Clinical Nurse Mentor and a nursing preceptor, which developed within her a passion for teaching. 

Read more about Elise Hagstette

Elise Hagstette

US English Teacher
US Dean of Students
ehagstette@heathwood.org

Elise Hagstette

US English Teacher
US Dean of Students

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. She holds a B.A. from the University of Georgia and an M.A. from College of Charleston/The Citadel.

Read more about James Hane

James Hane

US English Teacher
jhane@heathwood.org

James Hane

US English Teacher

jhane@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.

James holds a B.A. from Sewanee and an M.A. from the University of South Carolina.

Read more about Jessica Hawthorne

Jessica Hawthorne

MS Art Teacher
US Graphic Design and Video Editing Teacher
jhawthorne@heathwood.org

Jessica Hawthorne

MS Art Teacher
US Graphic Design and Video Editing Teacher

jhawthorne@heathwood.org

Jessica holds both a B.A. and an M.A.T. from Lander University and has more than 15 years of teaching experience in the visual arts; ten+ in middle school, and four in high school. Jessica taught with the Lexington One District After School Arts Program for eight years and in July 2012 joined the Tri-District Arts Consortium faculty in Columbia, as well as the Aiken County Gateway Summer Programs.

Read more about Ben Holladay

Ben Holladay

US Chemistry Teacher
bholladay@heathwood.org

Ben Holladay

US Chemistry Teacher

bholladay@heathwood.org

Ben Holladay joined the Heathwood faculty in the fall of 2018 as a chemistry teacher.  Prior to joining Heathwood, Ben taught chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, and biology for 12 years in both public and charter schools. After graduating high school in Pelham, Alabama, Ben earned both a bachelor's in Chemistry (2005) and a master's in Science Education (2006) from the University of South Carolina.  

Read more about Nadege Keller

Nadege Keller

US French Teacher
nkeller@heathwood.org

Nadege Keller

US French Teacher

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.  

Read more about Drew Mabry

Drew Mabry

MS & US Band Director and Music Teacher
Head Boys Golf Coach
dmabry@heathwood.org

Drew Mabry

MS & US Band Director and Music Teacher
Head Boys Golf Coach

dmabry@heathwood.org

Drew completed his undergraduate and Master's degree in Music Education at Auburn University.  During his time at Auburn, he performed in various ensembles and venues, such as the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.  He is also an avid golfer and competes in several local amateur golf tournaments.  He taught in Alabama, Virginia, and Georgia, before coming to Heathwood Hall to be the band director for the Middle School and Upper School.  He also serves as the Head Coach for the Boys Golf Team and Assistant Coach for the Girls Golf Team.

Read more about Emily Masters

Emily Masters

Upper School English Teacher
 
emasters@heathwood.org

Emily Masters

Upper School English Teacher
 

emasters@heathwood.org

Emily Masters  has an English degree from Berea College in Kentucky, and she has a host of experiences with editing and curriculum work.  She previously taught at the Pine Mountain Settlement School as part of her work with Americorps.

Read more about Tim McKnight

Tim McKnight

Upper School Science Teacher
tmcknight@heathwood.org

Tim McKnight

Upper School Science Teacher

tmcknight@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.

Read more about Jonathan Monk

Jonathan Monk

MS & US Drama Teacher
jmonk@heathwood.org

Jonathan Monk

MS & US Drama Teacher

jmonk@heathwood.org

Jonathan was raised in Columbia, graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon in 2004, and spent over a decade working as a professional actor based in New York. As an actor, he has been seen Off-Broadway, in regional theaters across the country, and in several national and international commercials. As a singer, Jonathan has performed with Liza Minnelli, Leslie Odom Jr., and others. As a teacher, Jonathan has taught middle school drama in Richland One and high school drama with the Trustus Apprentice Company, and has been at Heathwood since 2017. 

Read more about Nicole Morris

Nicole Morris

Upper School Administrative Assistant
nmorris@heathwood.org

Nicole Morris

Upper School Administrative Assistant

nmorris@heathwood.org

Nicole joined the Heathwood staff in 2018. Prior to coming to Heathwood, she was the Director of Kilbourne Park Baptist Preschool and Eastminster Day School. She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and the parent of two students in the Heathwood Class of 2024.

Read more about Andrea Mundo

Andrea Mundo

Upper School Math Teacher
amundo@heathwood.org

Andrea Mundo

Upper School Math Teacher

amundo@heathwood.org

Andrea Mundo joined the Heathwood family fall of 2019.  She has a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Francis Marion University. With 18 years of experience teaching at the middle and upper school level in public school, Andrea has  served at various times as the math department chair, technology integration specialist, school testing coordinator, curriculum and instructional cohort facilitator, administrative assistant, and team leader. She is Gifted and Talented endorsed and before Heathwood spent 16 years teaching in Lexington School District II at Pine Ridge Middle with a 100% pass rate on the SC End of Course Exam for Algebra I.  Andrea Mundo was a Texas Instruments User Group leader and has presented multiple times at international, national, and regional math conferences including T3 International, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and South Carolina Gifted and Talented. Andrea has also served as a panel member of the middle and high school state textbook adoption committee.  She is a member of Riverland Hills Baptist Church and volunteers in their children’s programs. Andrea’s daughter, Bella, is a second grader at Heathwood.

Read more about Jenny Nelson

Jenny Nelson

Upper School Math Teacher
jnelson@heathwood.org

Jenny Nelson

Upper School Math Teacher

jnelson@heathwood.org

Jenny Nelson joined the faculty of Heathwood Hall full-time in 2018 as a Mathematics Teacher in the Upper School. Jenny obtained both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Polymer Chemistry from Georgia Tech. After working for several years in both product development and process engineering for major chemical companies, she changed careers to education.

Jenny taught math and science for ten years at the Cutler Jewish Day School, serving additionally as a private tutor. Drawing from her own engineering experience, she incorporates projects into the curriculum with a hands-on, interactive approach to demonstrate practical application of mathematics. Jenny values the contributions of all students as part of a collaborative and supportive classroom environment, using a variety of approaches and interventions to reach every student.

Read more about Lisa Norman

Lisa Norman

Upper School Assistant Head and Academic Dean
Upper School Science Teacher
lnorman@heathwood.org

Lisa Norman

Upper School Assistant Head and Academic Dean
Upper School Science Teacher

lnorman@heathwood.org

Lisa Norman joined the Heathwood Hall faculty in 2006.  She has over 20 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.  

Read more about Scotty Peek

Scotty Peek

Upper School Art Teacher
speek@heathwood.org

Scotty Peek

Upper School Art Teacher

speek@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. Scotty's recent work can be viewed on his website: www.scottypeek.com.

Read more about Sally Plowden

Sally Plowden

Upper School English Teacher
splowden@heathwood.org

Sally Plowden

Upper School English Teacher

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. 

Dr. Plowden earned a B.A. from Columbia College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. In 2017, she was named South Carolina Independent Schools Association Upper School Teacher of the Year.

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.

Read more about Meghan Redel

Meghan Redel

Upper School Math and Science
mredel@heathwood.org

Meghan Redel

Upper School Math and Science

mredel@heathwood.org

Meghan Redel has nine years of teaching experience in both public and private school settings. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, she is joining Heathwood Hall from Ashley Hall where she was a member of the Upper School Math and Science faculty since 2016. During her time at Ashley Hall, she led a volunteer travel program to Blackfeet Reservation in Montana and co-chaperoned a French Immersion program in Quebec. Focusing much of her teaching on experiential learning, at Ashley Hall she created a tiny-house building class in conjunction with The American College of the Building Arts and participated in Ashley Hall’s Offshore Leadership Program, sailing the Atlantic with students for a week in 2021. Meghan earned her B.S. in Math and English Education from The College of Charleston in 2010. In 2021, she completed her M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning, with and emphasis on STEAM Education, from Clemson University. 

Read more about George Scouten

George Scouten

Upper School Head
Assistant Head of School
 
gscouten@heathwood.org

George Scouten

Upper School Head
Assistant Head of School
 

gscouten@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 varsity boys lacrosse team.

Read more about Tim Sebring

Tim Sebring

Upper School Computer Science  MS/US Makerspace
tsebring@heathwood.org

Tim Sebring

Upper School Computer Science  MS/US Makerspace

tsebring@heathwood.org

Mr. Sebring joined the Upper School faculty at Heathwood in 2020 after finishing up his Masters in Teaching in Portland, Oregon.  Prior to becoming a teacher he worked as an analyst and telecommunications engineer. He holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester and an M.A.T. from the University of Portland.

Read more about Jeri-Katherine Sipes

Jeri-Katherine Sipes

Assistant Chaplain
Religion Teacher
Head Boys Cross Country and Track Coach
jsipes@heathwood.org

Jeri-Katherine Sipes

Assistant Chaplain
Religion Teacher
Head Boys Cross Country and Track Coach

jsipes@heathwood.org

Rev. Jeri-Katherine Sipes joined the Heathwood Track & Field coaching staff in Spring 2020, and she began full-time employment at Heathwood as an assistant chaplain, religion teacher and coach in Fall 2021. Before coming to Heathwood Jeri-Katherine served in United Methodist Churches across the Midlands for eleven years, and she coached cross country and track for ten years at Dreher High School, growing the program from a dozen runners to over sixty runners, taking the program from an unranked team to consistently competing as one of the top 5 teams in the state and coaching many state champions and future collegiate runners from the 400m to the 5k. Jeri-Katherine’s interests include the Hebrew Bible, Ecotheology, Theology & the Body, Wesleyan Theology, and Social Justice/Advocacy. She has a passion for learning and sharing her love of God, learning and running with all ages. She is currently enrolled in a Youth Ministry program at Princeton Theological Seminary, hoping to learn and grow into her new role as a youth religious educator. “Heathwood gives me the opportunity to do everything I have been made to do: learn, teach, pastor, coach, run and enjoy God’s beautiful first incarnation–creation. The community and campus at Heathwood are life-giving.” She and her husband, Hiram, have three boys, Hiram Clyde (‘33), Grady (‘35), and Obie (‘37).

Read more about Elisha Sircy

Elisha Sircy

Upper School English Teacher
esircy@heathwood.org

Elisha Sircy

Upper School English Teacher

esircy@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 his Ph.D. in Renaissance English literature. He majored in English and philosophy at Centre College, 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.
 

Read more about Jay Spearman

Jay Spearman

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
US PE Teacher
jspearman@heathwood.org

Jay Spearman

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
US PE Teacher

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.  After earning a B.A. and M.S. and a Masters in Public Health from the University of South Carolina, Jay joined the Athletics Department at Heathwood in 2015. 

Read more about Eliza Thorne

Eliza Thorne

Upper School Science
Middle School Cheerleading Coach
ethorne@heathwood.org

Eliza Thorne

Upper School Science
Middle School Cheerleading Coach

ethorne@heathwood.org

Eliza joined Heathwood's faculty in 2020. After graduating from Heathwood in 2011, Eliza attended the University of Georgia, where she studied fisheries and wildlife biology. She then completed a dual master's program in Charleston while working for the Department of Natural Resources, working in environmental education. Immediately prior to Heathwood, Eliza worked in watershed management. In addition to teaching 8th grade science, Eliza serves as the chair of the Heathwood Alumni Council and coaches cheerleading.

Read more about Willis Ware

Willis Ware

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
US Multicultural Studies and Global Issues Teacher
Head Girls Cross Country & Track Coach
wware@heathwood.org

Willis Ware

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
US Multicultural Studies and Global Issues Teacher
Head Girls Cross Country & Track Coach

wware@heathwood.org

Willis has served on the faculty and staff at Heathwood for 16 years. His duties include teaching courses in the Upper School (Global Issues, Multicultural Studies, and Public Speaking), 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. Mr. Ware, who received a Chamber of Commerce Civic Award for community service as an undergraduate student, served as the president of the United Way of the Midlands Blueprint for Leadership class of 2005. He 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 served as chair of the Palmetto Association of Independent Schools Diversity Leadership Committee. He has completed training in the National Association of Independent Schools 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 graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill ('13).

Read more about Stan Wood

Stan Wood

PEAK Director
Upper School Geography Teacher
swood@heathwood.org

Stan Wood

PEAK Director
Upper School Geography Teacher

swood@heathwood.org

Stan Wood has been a faculty member at Heathwood since graduating from the University of South Carolina in 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.

Read more about Adrianne Woods

Adrianne Woods

Upper School Spanish Teacher
awoods@heathwood.org

Adrianne Woods

Upper School Spanish Teacher

awoods@heathwood.org

Adrianne Woods is a native of Charleston, SC. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in Biology at Charleston Southern University, during which time she spent five months living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She completed a Master of Arts in Spanish with a focus on Golden Age Peninsular Theatre from the University of South Carolina. Adrianne is currently ABD on her PhD in Spanish, writing a dissertation focused on Baroque theatre and the Catholic Church. She has taught at the college, middle school, and now high school levels. Stricken with wanderlust, Adrianne has traveled to over half the states and extensively throughout Western Europe. In her spare time, she continues to travel, plays on a local women's rugby team, and actively participates in her church. 

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