Pete Laugen, Head of School

Pete Laugen received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, majoring in Business with a strong desire to be a teacher and a coach.  Mr. Laugen has vast experience in private, Christian education.  He has served as the Head of School at Washtenaw Christian Academy in Michigan, as Interim Superintendant at Scottsdale Christian Academy in Arizona, and most recently from The Woodlands Christian Academy in Texas where he served as Middle School Principal.  Mr. Laugen spent many years teaching in the classroom and coaching both High School football and baseball prior to earning his Masters of Education Degree from Grand Canyon University.  Moving from sideline duties to the broadcast booth, Mr. Laugen greatly enjoyed serving as the Public Address Announcer for multiple High School sports, and also supported several local non-profit organizations serving as emcee and auctioneer for annual charity galas.  

Mr. Laugen and his wife Stefanie have three beautiful children who are excited to join us at Cross Schools:    Emilee in Middle School, Allison in Lower School, and Jackson in Preschool.  

In Mr. Laugen's perspective, teaching children the concept of piety is the foundation upon which all Christian education must be built.  Simply put, piety can be defined as "the proper fear and love of God and man."  He finds both direction and assurance in the reminder that Jesus gives all of us in John 15:5 saying, "I am the vine, you are the branches, if you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."  

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Kate Brown, Academic Counselor

Kate Brown received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College in North Carolina, where she studied French and theatre and ran NCAA Division I track and cross country. Following her graduation from Davidson, she taught English in Cambodia with Peace Corps. Kate began her admissions career as an Admission Officer at Princeton University, focusing primarily on applicants from the southeast, the southwest, and New York. She then switched to the other side of the desk as a Senior Admissions Counselor for Expert Admissions in New York City, where she guided students through the college application process. Eager to return to the south, Kate began working as an Admissions Representative for the Savannah College of Art and Design, specializing in group tours and serving as an athletic liaison for admissions. 


Mrs. Brown and her husband Dan both serve in Christian-based educational settings. Kate is thrilled to continue to grow the Cross Schools family and add more Stingrays to the fever! Contact Mrs. Brown at

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 about 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 a Cross Schools Middle School student.   Contact Ms. Greene at  

Susan Hackett – Preschool Division Head

Susan Hackett has been a child advocate for over 30 years, and has been the Director of the Preschool Division of Cross Schools since 2006.  Believing that the preschool years for young children have been proven to be significant in laying the foundation for future learning success, Mrs. Hackett believes in age appropriate curriculum for all students.

Mrs. Hackett feels blessed having had her entire career centered on children, and embraces the opportunity to work in a Christian environment where the impact on children's lives shows both academically and spiritually.

After teaching in the elementary school system for several years, Mrs. Hackett and her husband opened their own school in Atlanta in 1984.  Following the sale of their business in 2004, she joined one of the largest childcare franchises in the country as a quality assurance specialist and continued in this role until moving to Bluffton to assume the responsibilities of Director of the Preschool Division of Cross Schools.

The Preschool Division of Cross Schools has grown from 70 students in 2006 to over 200 students today. Contact Mrs. Hackett at

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

Brenda McPherson, Admissions Director

Brenda McPherson has an extensive history of serving in Christian schools since 1987. Having graduated from a Christian school herself, she deeply understands the power and value of a faith-based college-prep education, which was a transformative experience in her own life. She is confident that when you combine faith and strong academics with a loving and mentoring environment - children thrive! Brenda received her certification from Katharine Gibbs School and attended Washington Bible College.

Having served as an admissions director since 2005, her passion for quality Christian education is infectious. She is thrilled to continue to grow the Cross Schools family!

She and her husband, Josh, have recently returned to the Lowcountry from Massachusetts. Contact Mrs. McPherson at She will be delighted to hear from you and tell you more about our exceptional school!

Christine Richard, Lower School Principal

Christine Richard grew up in the Hilton Head/Bluffton area since the age of five.  She went through the Hilton Head schools, graduating from Hilton Head High School in 2000.  After living abroad in Argentina and Spain, she completed her undergraduate studies at Winthrop University.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and a minor in Spanish. Mrs. Richard has recently completed the Master Naturalist Program offered through the Lowcountry Institute in conjunction with Clemson Extension. 


After being a teacher since 2006, she is excited to join the Administration team. She brings with her a desire to come alongside students, parents, and staff in order to continue making Cross the place to be! Her years of being a classroom teacher have allowed her to obtain a well-rounded understanding of what makes a successful school experience. In her time at Cross, she has displayed dedication and hard work in establishing the Environmental Learning Class program. Mrs. Richard believes that each child is a gift from God and our school has a great responsibility in being part of their academic, spiritual, and emotional journey. Mrs. Richard and her husband have three children who attend Cross Schools.  Contact Mrs. Richard at  


Kelly Williamson, Director of Development

Kelly Williamson holds a Bachelor of Science in Design from Clemson University and a Masters of Science in Interior Design from Florida State University. In addition to architecture and interior design, her background includes event design, graphic design, marketing, and sales, along with education at the college level. She is passionate about being creative and is grateful that she can use this talent on a daily basis at Cross Schools.

Inspiring kids has always been important to her, and she has volunteered in multiple youth ministries including Young Life and  The Church of the Cross. Miss Williamson enjoys spending time with her family along with her four-legged family members which include a horse, a rescue dog, and a cat. Miss Williamson is excited to now be colleagues with her mom, Jenny Williamson, a first-grade teacher at Cross. Contact Miss Williamson at