Luis Barrero, Facilities Manager

Luis Barrero has been the Facilities Manager at Cross Schools for more than ten years.  He is originally from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and moved to the United States in 1997.  Mr. Luis has a degree in Electronics, and he has worked in the maintenance field for many years.  Prior to working for Cross Schools, he worked for Sun City and Seaside Village in the Maintenance Department. For eighteen years, Mr. Luis shared his love for children with his students at Island Gymnastics, which he co-owned.  He and his wife, Claudia, have two children and three grandchildren.   


Robyn Beckwith, Administrative Assistant

Robyn Beckwith is originally from California but has been living in the Low Country since 2015 with her husband and two children. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from San Francisco State University and has over five years of experience working in the field of education. After taking some time off to be home with her small children, Mrs. Beckwith was eager to get back to work and is now thrilled to be a part of the Cross Schools family. Mrs. Beckwith feels blessed to be able to work where her children attend school and is excited to watch them grow spiritually and academically while being guided by their faith.  Contact Mrs. Beckwith at r.beckwith@crossschools.org.  


Wendy Cummings R.N, B.S.N, Nurse

Wendy Cummings graduated from Radford University’s School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Mrs. Cummings comes to Cross Schools after working at a private Christian K-12 school since 2007. Prior to working as a school nurse, she worked as an Emergency/Trauma nurse in a Level One Trauma Center in Virginia. As a mom of five, she was able to enjoy spending a few years being a stay-at-home mom as well as volunteering at her children’s school, church, and in her community. Emergency Nursing was her first love but she quickly fell in love with school nursing after her children were in school. Mrs. Cumming shares, “I love working with all ages of children, especially in a Christian school environment where I not only nurture their physical and emotional needs but can also contribute to their spiritual growth as well. It is such a privilege to partner with families.”

Mrs. Cummings and her husband, Scott, who is a physician in the community, moved to Hilton Head Island from Virginia in 2004 after vacationing there for years. They made the move over the bridges to Bluffton two years ago and fulfilled their dream of living on the May River. They love boating, paddle boarding, fishing, and all things family! Mrs. Cummings coached Cross Country at her previous school, building and leading her team to Second in the Region. She is looking forward to continuing coaching Cross Country within Stingray Nation! Mrs. Cummings is grateful to be a new member of the Cross Family and feels blessed that God orchestrated the path that brought her here!  Contact Mrs. Cummings at w.cummings@CrossSchools.org.  


Shawn Esworthy, Facilities Assistant  

Shawn Esworthy graduated from Mars Hill College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation and Sports Management.  He joined Cross Schools in October 2018 as an Afterschool/Summer Camp Coordinator and Facilities Assistant.  He had previously held the position of Sports/Member Services Coordinator for more than four years at the Boys and Girls Club.  Coach Shawn is excited to embark on his next role at Cross Schools as he teaches Preschool PE.  

Coach Shawn believes that recreation and sports activities are a key part of any successful school program, and are a great way for children to release pent up energy during the school day and after school.  He is passionate about the role he has here at Cross Schools and looks forward to building a successful Preschool PE program for our students.  

Coach Shawn and his wife have a daughter, Addison, and a son, Isaiah, who both attend Cross Schools.  He grew up in Ridgeland, South Carolina, but relocated to Bluffton after graduating college.  Coach Shawn enjoys family time, watching sports, staying active, and spending time at the beach.  Contact Coach Shawn at s.esworthy@crossschools.org.  

 


Rodney Gentry, Security Officer

Rodney Gentry graduated from the North Carolina Police Law Institute and was a CPCC Criminal Justice Major.  He is a veteran USN Team Operator and in the Special Operations Group.  He was a Mecklenburg County Charlotte Police Officer for 20 years, where he was an SRO and a Tactical Officer for 16 years.  He served on the Domestic Violence Task Force, as a Fugitive Warrant Officer, as a Traffic Officer, as a Shift Supervisor, and on the Joint Terrorism Task Force.  He retired from the US Marshalls Office in 2017, and was a business owner, running SOS Property Management, LLC which managed commercial and educational facilities in North and South Carolina.  Coach Gentry and his wife, Lisa, relocated to Bluffton in 2018, and have two children, Levi and Lexi who attend Cross Schools.  


Ellen Martin, Tuition and Activities Coordinator


Ellen Martin relocated to Bluffton with her family in 2018 and is thrilled to be back in her home state of South Carolina. She has two children who attend Cross Schools and was an active parent volunteer prior to joining the school as a staff member in 2019.

Mrs. Martin has a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University in Marketing, with a Minor in Spanish. She had a successful business career before choosing to stay home with her kids and volunteer in their school. This led to her discovery of a passion for working in the educational environment and watching young minds develop. Mrs. Martin has seen the positive impact Cross Schools has had on her own children and is committed to supporting the school in the mission of inspiring future leaders to grow spiritually and academically. Mrs. Martin is an avid reader and loves Clemson football! She can be reached at e.martin@crossschools.org.

 


Kristi Wheat, Kindergarten - High School Office Manager/Executive Assistant to the Head of School 

Originally from Plano, Texas, Mrs. Wheat moved to Bluffton in 2005. She married her husband, Aaron, in 2006 in Bluffton and have two children.

Past experiences for Mrs. Wheat include years of working in marketing/advertising for Fortune 500 homebuilders and various executive administrative roles for local government.

Values in the Christian faith run deep throughout her family. These values were modeled for her as a young child and are why she chose not only to send her children to Cross Schools in preschool, but also to accept the position of Office Manager when it became vacant. Her favorite Bible verse is "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." -Proverbs 3:5-6. Contact Mrs. Wheat at k.wheat@crossschools.org.