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Read more about Kristin Austin

Kristin Austin

EC3 Associate Teacher
Assistant Girls Lacrosse Coach
kaustin@heathwood.org

Kristin Austin

EC3 Associate Teacher
Assistant Girls Lacrosse Coach

kaustin@heathwood.org

Kristin is a graduate of Newberry College and has a BA degree in Leisure Services/Recreation. She has taught courses in physical education at the college level and has coached women’s lacrosse at both the college and high school levels, including this spring season here at Heathwood. Kristin also served as the Assistant Athletic Director at Columbia College for three years.

Read more about Tom Balish

Tom Balish

Head Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach
tom.balish@wolfpacklacrosseclub.com

Tom Balish

Head Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach

tom.balish@wolfpacklacrosseclub.com

Tom joined the Heathwood coaching staff in 2021 as the Head Girls lacrosse coach. Previously, he was the head coach at Forest Park High School in Woodbridge VA. In his fourteen years at Forest Park his teams qualified every year for the regional playoffs. He was selected 6A Coach of the Year in 2015. He is a frequent presenter at the US Lacrosse Conference and was a selector for the Virginia national team and in 2021 for South Carolina. Tom has a BA in History from Ohio Wesleyan, master’s from Ohio University in Athletic Administration, Masters in International Policy from the National War College and a masters from Webster University in Management.

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 Brian Buscher

Brian Buscher

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

Brian Buscher

EC/LS PE Teacher & Head Baseball Coach

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 Janie Campbell

Janie Campbell

Head JV Girls Tennis Coach
jcampbell@heathwood.org

Janie Campbell

Head JV Girls Tennis Coach

jcampbell@heathwood.org

A Virginia native, Janie played tennis throughout high school, earning local and regional accolades, before playing collegiately at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She moved to Columbia to earn a master's degree in Public History from the University of South Carolina and now works as a preservation consultant, aiding real estate developers in securing historic tax credits for rehabilitation projects statewide. She has coached one season of Junior Varsity Girls' Tennis at Heathwood but looks forward to many more!

Read more about Brianna Davie

Brianna Davie

Head JV Girls Basketball Coach
briball11@icloud.com

Brianna Davie

Head JV Girls Basketball Coach

briball11@icloud.com

Born and raised in Goose Creek, SC, Brianna Davie has been passionate about basketball since she was six years old. She played on the women's team at the College of Charleston, from which she graduated in  2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She currently works in real estate with a focus on real estate investing.

Read more about Nick Gaffos

Nick Gaffos

Head Tennis Coach
ngaffos@gmail.com

Nick Gaffos

Head Tennis Coach

ngaffos@gmail.com

Nick is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte, where he was a four year scholarship tennis player and earned a degree in Spanish. He has worked as a tennis pro for twenty years, teaching at numerous clubs/resorts such as Wild Dunes, Kiawah Island, Rockbridge, and Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington. He still enjoys playing Pro Ams and exhibitions. Nick has coached the boys and girls varsity tennis teams at Heathwood since 2017, as well as directed the afterschool tennis program for kids.

Read more about Jason Giovannone

Jason Giovannone

MS & US Science Teacher
Sporting Clays Coach
jgiovannone@heathwood.org

Jason Giovannone

MS & US Science Teacher
Sporting Clays Coach

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.”

Read more about Lynn Humphrey

Lynn Humphrey

EC/LS PE Teacher Head Girls Golf Coach
lhumphrey@heathwood.org

Lynn Humphrey

EC/LS PE Teacher Head Girls Golf Coach

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 Danny Lewis

Danny Lewis

Head Varsity Football Coach
dlewis@heathwood.org

Danny Lewis

Head Varsity Football Coach

dlewis@heathwood.org

Danny Lewis joined Heathwood Hall in the Spring of 2018. During his time as our varsity head football coach, the team has earned a bid to the SCISA 3A playoffs four straight years and made an appearance in the semifinals in 2019. Also during that time, we have had 13 players earn opportunities to play football on the collegiate level. Prior to coming to Heathwood, Coach Lewis had over 20 years of college coaching experience, including stints at Newberry, USC, The Citadel, Middle Tennessee State, and South Carolina State University. Coach Lewis' son Alex is a Heathwood Class of 2021 graduate and was a two-sport standout for the Highlanders. He is currently a student-athlete at Presbyterian College.

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 Curtis Player

Curtis Player

Middle School P.E. Teacher
Head Girls Soccer Coach
cplayer@heathwood.org

Curtis Player

Middle School P.E. Teacher
Head Girls Soccer Coach

cplayer@heathwood.org

Curtis joined the faculty at Heathwood in 2001. While at Heathwood, he has taught Middle School Math and Lower and Middle School PE. He also served as the Assistant Athletic Director for 10 years and earned the SCISA Charles Smith Volunteer of the Year, in 2009. Outside of the classroom, Curtis has coached numerous teams on campus, including Boys and Girls Middle School Basketball, Junior Varsity Girls Basketball, and Girls Varsity Soccer. In 2013, the Girls Soccer team won their first and only State Championship. Curtis earned All-American Honors in soccer while at Hampden-Sydney. He was inducted into the HSC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. Curtis and his wife, Cheryl have two children, Callie (’27) and Charlie (’29)

Read more about Andrew Richardson

Andrew Richardson

Associate Director of Athletics
Sports Information Director
Head Boys Soccer Coach
arichardson@heathwood.org

Andrew Richardson

Associate Director of Athletics
Sports Information Director
Head Boys Soccer Coach

arichardson@heathwood.org

Andrew joined the Heathwood Hall Athletic Department in the summer of 2011 as the Head Boys Varsity Soccer Coach. Since that time, he has also served as Head Girls Varsity Soccer Coach, Head MS Boys Basketball Coach, Head JV Football Coach, and Assistant Varsity Football Coach. In 2013, he was hired as the Sports Information Director, and in 2015 he became an Assistant Athletics Director. Prior to the 2021-21 school year, he was named the Associate Director of Athletics. In addition to his roles in the Athletic Department, he serves on Heathwood's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and as an Ex-Officio member of the Highlander Club Board.

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 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 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 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 Jeff Whalen

Jeff Whalen

Head Boys Varsity Basketball Coach
jwhalen@heathwood.org

Jeff Whalen

Head Boys Varsity Basketball Coach

jwhalen@heathwood.org

Jeff Whalen is in his 24th year as the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Heathwood Hall after serving as the Athletic Director for 23 years. In his first 23 seasons at Heathwood Hall, Whalen has accumulated a record of 339-241 including a SCISA State Championship in 2011 and a State Runner Up in 2010 and 2012. Whalen has been married to his wife Karen for 36 years. His five sons, JD 05, Tyler 07, Brett 08, MacKenzie 10, and Morgan 10, are all proud Heathwood alums.

Read more about Brionna Dickerson Zimmerman

Brionna Dickerson Zimmerman

Alumni Relations Coordinator
Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach
bzimmerman@heathwood.org

Brionna Dickerson Zimmerman

Alumni Relations Coordinator
Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach

bzimmerman@heathwood.org

Brionna Dickerson Zimmerman '05 joined Heathwood Hall in August of 2018. As Alumni Relations Coordinator, Brionna works closely with the Development and Advancement teams to increase alumni engagement with the school through events like Homecoming, Mingle & Jingle, the Alumni Giving Challenge, and the Alumni Spring Reunion. Prior to her role in Alumni Relations, Brionna spent three years as the Special Events Coordinator, overseeing large-scale events like the Annual Auction, Grandparents and Special Friends Day, and Homecoming.

Brionna is also the Head Coach for the Varsity Girls Basketball team at Heathwood and a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI). Brionna ended her basketball career at Heathwood as the all-time leading scorer and third all-time scorer in the state with just under 3400 career points. She later became a Division I student-athlete at the University of South Carolina under Coach Dawn Staley. She graduated with a Masters in International Business with an emphasis in Marketing and Spanish. Brionna enjoys watching Gamecock basketball and spending weekends staying active playing kickball with her family. She and her husband, Tymere, have 3 children – Jordyn, Kobe ('33) and Skylar ('37).