Joseph Almeida, Lower School Principal

  Joseph earned a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Development and Learning with teacher licensure from Maryville College and both a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership and an Educational Leadership Certificate from Buffalo State SUNY. He is nearing completion of his EdS Doctorate in Educational Leadership through Gordon College. Mr. Almeida has experience as a teacher, coach, and administrator in Tennessee, Brazil, Georgia, and South Carolina. He has worked in public schools, international schools, and private Christian schools over his seventeen-year career in education.

He, his wife, Kathleen, and their five children reside in Bluffton. They are members of Lowcountry Community Church and they both coach at CrossFit843.  Mr. Almeida loves to be outside playing with his kids, throwing a frisbee on the beach, or doing CrossFit. 

John 15:12 is a verse he tries to live by every day: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

Contact Mr. Almeida at j.almeida@crossschools.org  


Stacie Greene, Principal

Ms. Greene previously taught Honors English 2 and the AP/Dual-Enrollment Teacher Cadet class at May River High School in Bluffton. She also served as a Teacher Mentor and Evaluator. Ms. Greene is in her sixteenth year of education in which she has served grades 6-12 as a teacher, Literacy Instructional Coach, English Department Chair and Team Leader. Ms. Greene is highly-qualified in Secondary English Education with a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Georgia (‘01) and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Piedmont College (‘04).

Previously, she taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English in her hometown of Gainesville, Georgia, as well as Charlotte, North Carolina and at Bluffton’s H.E. McCracken Middle School. In her ten years at H.E. McCracken Middle School, she also served as Literacy Instructional Coach, English Department Chair, Team Leader, Teacher Mentor, ADEPT/SAFE-T Evaluator, and the School Literary & Art Magazine Advisor/Editor.  In addition, Ms. Greene has served as an editor for NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) and has presented at district, state, and national educational conferences.

Aside from her professional accomplishments, Ms. Greene feels “Being an educator has been one of the greatest honors in my life. As an educator, my hope has always been to empower students with finding his or her authentic voice so they can affect change in the broken systems they see around them.” Ms. Greene is excited for her new journey with Cross Schools. “I am looking forward to utilizing all of my experiences as an educator, teacher, and most importantly, a Christian as we build onto the existing K-8 program and develop a plan to continue a purpose-filled education for all students that ultimately serves our Lord and Savior.”

Ms. Greene is excited about her role as Principal and the opportunities that Cross Schools offers students and the Bluffton community in regards to academics, emotional and social support and growth, and authentic mission opportunities. She is a member of Lowcountry Community Church. In addition, her son, Logan Greene, is also a 4th grader at Cross Schools this year.   Contact Ms. Greene at s.greene@crossschools.org.  


DeLeon Johnson, Athletic Director

DeLeon has an extensive background as both an Athletic Director and Coach having worked for the Parks and Recreations department in both Orangeburg and Beaufort Counties along with serving as a coach for the last 10 years at the collegiate, high school, and middle school levels.  Coach Johnson makes the move to Cross from just up the road at H.E. McCracken Middle School where he has served as a Behavior Management Specialist in addition to his coaching duties at several levels with several sports programs here locally.

DeLeon and his wife, Tremelia, have three kids including a son, DeLeon Jr., a daughter, Ayana Denver, and their youngest son, Dakota. In describing his philosophy as a coach he states, “I understand athletic success goes hand in hand with academic success. As such, I encourage all my athletes to apply determination and hard work to their lives, both on and off the court/field.” He’s excited about the opportunity to build an elite athletics program not only in the Lowcountry but in the state of South Carolina. Contact Coach Johnson at d.johnson@crossschools.org


Linda D. Lane, Secondary School Assistant Principal

Linda D. Lane has spent much of her career in and around the field of education working with nonprofit organizations and school districts in several states.  She has a wealth of administrative experience serving in executive-level positions for more than 30 years. Some of her endeavors include program development for agencies that served children and adults with disabilities, grant writing, budget oversight, quality assurance and program and income growth. She spent the last fifteen years working for Shelby County Schools in Memphis, TN where she served as a professional school counselor and a mentor for new teachers and counselors.  She also coordinated and developed programs to promote and ensure academic excellence, coordinated family support programs, served as the community liaison, was a member of the crisis team and various other leadership roles. During this time, she was bi-vocational and was a lead pastor in the Methodist church. She served as a Turnaround Specialist for agencies and churches.

 

She is married to Cleo Lane and together they have four children and eight grandchildren.  She earned a Bachelor of Science from Southeastern LA University, a Master of Education and Counseling from Providence College and a Doctorate of Christian Education from Jacksonville Theological Seminary. She looks forward to being a part of Cross Schools and working with students as they prepare to become dynamic community leaders.  

To Contact Rev. Dr. Lane email l.lane@crossschools.org.