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."  Mr. Laugen also finds himself agreeing with noted Christian Apologist Ravi Zacharias who declares, "There is no greater discovery than coming to see God as the author of your destiny!"  

Contact Mr. Laugen at p.laugen@CrossSchools.org.  

 

 


Brandon Clifford, Athletic Director

Brandon Clifford comes to Cross Schools from Freedom Christian in Fayetteville, North Carolina. While at Freedom, he served as the school’s Athletic Director and Varsity Boys Basketball Coach. He recently completed his tenth year working in Christian education and has served as both teacher and administrator during his career. He has spent time at High Point Christian in High Point, North Carolina, and Grace Christian in Knoxville, Tennessee as well. 

Mr. Clifford has an extensive basketball background, coaching several nationally ranked teams, and also winning a State Championship in 2018. In addition to his high school experience, he has also spent time in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks working in Player/Skill Development. As a player, he competed collegiately at UNC-Wilmington and Bellarmine University. 

Mr. Clifford graduated from Page High School in Greensboro, Noth Carolina in 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bellarmine University, and a Masters of Science degree in Athletic Administration from Western Kentucky. He and his wife Christina have three children, all of whom are excited about becoming Stingrays: Elissa, McCarty, and Isabella.

Mr. Clifford is really excited about working with the student-athletes and coaches at Cross Schools and seeing the athletic program reach its potential. Contact Mr. Clifford at b.clifford@crossschools.org.  


Jennifer Drury, Director of Admissions

Jennifer Drury has been a part of Cross Schools since 2005, first as a parent, then as a staff member.  Mrs. Drury was an active volunteer in Cross Schools before she became a staff member in 2011.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Georgia Southern University.  Mrs. Drury has a sales background, having worked as the Catering and Conference Services Sales Manager at the Westin Savannah Harbor.  

Mrs. Drury and her husband, Dow, have three daughters, two of which are Cross Schools graduates, and one who is in Middle School at Cross Schools.  Mrs. Drury is active in the community and at the Church of the Cross.  

Having grown up in a private Christian school, Mrs. Drury is passionate about the value of a Christian-based education.  She is thrilled to be able to share with prospective families why Cross Schools is such an amazing place! Contact Mrs. Drury at j.drury@crossschools.org.


Stacie Greene, Principal, K-8

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.  


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 s.hackett@crossschools.org.


Christine Richard, Assistant 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 c.richard@crossschools.org.  


Scott Slawson, Comptroller

Scott Slawson, originally from Georgia, has lived in Beaufort County since 2004. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Clemson University. Mr. Slawson’s many years of experience include working in both large scale companies such as Turner Broadcasting along with local businesses, such as The Greenery Inc. Mr. Slawson holds certifications both in Public Accounting and as a Professional in Human Resources. He has been married for 26 years to his wife, Pam, and has two daughters, both Clemson graduates, and a dog, Lilly.  He’s both a member and a volunteer at Providence Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island. On the weekends you can find him cheering on his Clemson Tigers, traveling, working outdoors, or playing golf. Mr. Slawson is very excited to be part of the Cross Schools family and to be a part of the continued growth of the school. Contact Mr. Slawson at s.slawson@crossschools.org.  


 

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 youth ministry along with Young Life. Miss Williamson enjoys spending time with her family along with her four-legged family members which include a horse, and a rescue dog and cat. Miss Williamson is excited to now be colleagues with her mom, Jenny Williamson, a first-grade teacher at Cross. Contact Miss Williamson at k.williamson@crossschools.org.