Administration

Brad Schultz, Head of School

Over the past seventeen years, Dr. Schultz has served in various teaching and administrative roles at Greater Atlanta Christian. He most recently served in a dual role as Principal and Chief Innovation Officer. While in these roles, Dr. Schultz created learning environments like the environmental learning center and floating classrooms. Both have led to deep engaged learning by the students and intellectual curiosity from across the country. Dr. Schultz has also partnered with Apple and Microsoft to help shape the role of technology in the classroom. Most recently, he collaborated with developers to design software for mixed reality devices and worked with renowned researchers to create blended and online models that provide ideal teaching and learning opportunities.

As Head of School, Dr. Schultz looks forward to merging new innovations with Cross Schools’ history of excellence.  As John Dewey once said, “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of their tomorrows.” At Cross Schools, Dr. Schultz sees the ability to set children on a path where they see brightness in tomorrows as well as for eternity – “For in Your light we see light” (Psalms 36:9).  Contact Dr. Schultz at b.schultz@crossschools.org.  

Read this fantastic feature on Dr. Schultz in CH2 magazine by clicking here.  

Shawn Young, Headmistress, K - 8

Shawn Young has been the Headmistress at Cross Schools for the past seven years. Mrs. Young graduated from Georgia State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in Middle Grades Math and Science from Oglethorpe University and obtained her Specialist Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. Mrs. Young has over twenty years of education experience, and she has served as a 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teacher, Director of Technology, Director of Admissions, Academic Dean, and Headmistress.  Mrs.Young has two incredible children, Savannah and Colin, who both graduated from Cross Schools. Both children currently attend Bluffton High School.   

Mrs.Young firmly believes that the Lord used a series of people to lead her to Cross Schools. She believes strongly in a Christian education with high academic standards. She feels all students learn differently and at their own pace. She also believes that it is the teacher's and school's job to teach the student at their level to help them reach their full potential. Cross Schools has thrived under the leadership of Mrs. Young! The school's test scores have increased 10%, there is an increasing number of Duke TIP and Junior Scholars, and enrollment has continued to soar. Contact Mrs. Young at s.young@crossschools.org

Vicki Burris, Director of Development

Vicki Burris is originally from Bishopville, South Carolina, where she attended Robert E. Lee Academy from Kindergarten through graduation. Her strong appreciation for private school education originates from having such a wonderful educational foundation. Her passion for volunteerism comes naturally, seeing her father, Josey Hearon, the "Voice of the Cavaliers," donate his time and talent announcing football games and serving as a volunteer coach for more than four decades. Mrs. Burris is a graduate of Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina, where she was active in Zeta Tau Alpha.

Mrs. Burris and her husband Tony live in Beaufort, and their three children, Amelia, Hannah, and Hampton, are proud Stingrays. She is particularly thankful that her children are challenged academically while growing in Christ. Prior to joining Cross in her role as Director of Development, Mrs. Burris served on the Pearls to Pluff Mud Committee and the Parent Advisory Committee. She feels truly blessed to be part of the Cross Schools Administration team and looks forward to working with all of our dedicated parent volunteers!  Contact Vicki at v.burris@crossschools.org.

 

Jen Kronimus, Director of Admissions, K - 8

Jen Kronimus graduated from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Mathematics.  She also holds her Teaching Certification in Elementary Education (Pre-K through 6th grade).  While assisting and student teaching, she was able to better understand student needs and frustrations. As a result, she learned to implement student reading groups and student lead discussions.  Mrs. Kronimus feels it extremely important to provide a positive learning environment by establishing student driven guidelines for the classroom, as well as an open door policy.

After receiving her Master's Degree in Human Services Administration from Rider University, Mrs. Kronimus pursued a career in college programming at Rider University and Wake Forest University.  At both universities, she led educational and training seminars for Residence Life and Housing/ Summer Conference student held positions. She was also responsible in helping to guide new parents and students through open houses as well as successfully mediate parent/ student/ staff conflicts.

After moving to the Low Country over ten years ago, she took on the position of stay at home mom for her two girls.  Over the years, she has spent time volunteering in the classrooms and with fundraisers.  Mrs. Kronimus is very excited to be a part of Cross Schools, and is looking forward to working with the students and parents in a nurturing and fun environment.  Contact Mrs. Kronimus at j.kronimus@crossschools.org.

Kristi Wheat, Office Manager, K-8

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

Values in the Christian faith run deep throughout her family.  They were taught to her as a young child and is why she loves her job here at Cross Schools.  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.  

Cayla Wilson, Business Manager

Cayla Wilson is the Business Manager for Cross Schools.  She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Saint Leo University of Saint Leo, Florida and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. Mrs. Wilson joined Cross Schools in 2016 after thirteen years in the private fire and emergency services sector.

Mrs. Wilson and her husband Marc have three children and are active in their community and church where she is on the praise team and Marc is a deacon.  Mrs. Wilson is honored that God lead her to Cross Schools and looks forward to an enriching time among the children, teachers, and staff. Contact Mrs. Wilson at c.wilson@crossschools.org.  

Kira Winders, Athletic Director

Kira Winders holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Appalachian State University and a Masters of Elementary Education from Liberty University. She loves being active and healthy and is extremely passionate in providing her students with the knowledge to live a healthy and active lifestyle. It is her goal to combine her range of experience with the other teachers at Cross Schools and to and present Health and Physical Education as an important, fun, and life changing class.

Mrs. Winders has been involved in sports since she was young. She is passionate, devoted and excited about the Cross Schools Athletic Program. Although this is Mrs. Winders first year as the Athletic Director, she has years of experience coaching both basketball and softball.  

Mrs. Winders taught in North Carolina and Virginia before moving to South Carolina.  She started at Cross Schools in 2014 in the after school program and as a substitute teacher.  Mrs. Winders is very excited to be a part of Cross Schools faculty.  Contact Mrs. Winders at k.winders@crossschools.org.