Michelle Bueso, Fourth Grade
Michelle Bueso earned a Masters' Degree in Elementary Education from Dowling College in Oakdale, New York and began her teaching career at Central Islip Early Childhood Center in New York in 1999. She has been at Cross Schools since moving to Bluffton in 2005. She is strong in her Christian faith; therefore spiritual, as well as academic and social growth of children is important to her. She believes that each child is a gift and their individual learning styles should be taken into consideration. Ms. Bueso runs a structured classroom where differentiated teaching styles are utilized daily.
Kathryn Gilmour, Assistant Teacher in Third Grade
Kathryn Gilmour is originally from Alexandria, Virginia and moved to Bluffton in 2013. After graduating from Wake Forest University, Mrs. Gilmour taught second and fifth grade in the Charlotte Mecklenburg school system and also at Christ Church Preschool and Kindergarten in Charlotte.
Mrs. Gilmour believes that learning should be a positive experience for all children and that each child is truly special. She realizes that there is nothing more important than a faith-based education. As a graduate and "lifer" of a prominent Episcopal school, Mrs. Gilmour realizes the benefits, strengths and demands of a great education. The school spirit, academics, sports and faith make a child well-rounded. It is her privilege to help each child realize their potential and be a part of a great school community.
Leslie Hunter, Second Grade
Leslie Hunter has been teaching at Cross Schools for the past eleven years. Prior to teaching second grade, she taught fourth, sixth, and seventh grades in South Carolina public schools. With a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Lander University, she has been able to do what she loves most, working with children to help them become confident learners. She believes each child should have a quality education that strengthens and edifies who they are as individuals. Mrs. Hunter has a structured classroom filled with routines that allow children to work toward self-direction to meet their individual academic needs.
Carolyn Marquez, Kindergarten
Carolyn Marquez feels extremely blessed to be part of our faculty. Mrs. Marquez graduated from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Counseling. Her post-graduate work was completed at the College of Saint Elizabeth in New Jersey where she received her Early Childhood and Elementary certifications. She holds these two certifications in South Carolina as well.
Mrs. Marquez has taught in public and private schools and has been an educator for over ten years. As an educator, she encourages her students to embrace learning and always strive to do their best. She believes in creating a classroom environment where students feel safe, are comfortable to express their ideas, and where mutual respect and acceptance of each other is encouraged.
Kristin Thompson, Fourth Grade
Kristin Thompson has been an educator for the past fifteen years in both independent and public schools. Mrs. Thompson has a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from New Hampshire College and completed her graduate studies in Elementary Education at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1999. She has a passion for the arts and is the Middle School Drama Coach. Mrs. Thompson also holds a Drama & Art Camp each summer.
Mrs. Thompson believes that happy children learn best and teaches to all learning styles. Her love of drama and the arts positively affects her classroom. Throughout the school day you will see her students enjoying many hands-on learning experiences. She believes God instills each child with gifts, and nurtures each student to share this gift with others.
Christine Weathersbee, Third Grade
Christine Weathersbee has been teaching at Cross Schools for four years. Previously, she taught for seven years at Hilton Head Elementary School. She has a Bachelor's Degree in early childhood education plus an additional twenty-one graduate level credits.
Mrs. Weathersbee's philosophy of teaching embodies the belief that through a quality education, students will receive the necessary tools to succeed in life. Her classroom demonstrates her goal to educate, motivate, and inspire all students to become lifelong learners. She realizes that students need to be nurtured socially, emotionally, and cognitively. She is cognizant in her belief that an effective classroom must consist of a safe and well-managed environment. She makes a conscious effort to provide her students with the structure and organization they desire, in a creative and engaging atmosphere.
Shelley White, Assistant Teacher in Kindergarten
Shelley White has four years teaching experience in both kindergarten and first grade. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech. This degree brought her to South Carolina in 1995 to work for the Department of Natural Resources at the Waddell Mariculture Center in Bluffton. She began her career with Cross Schools in 2009 as an assistant teacher.
Ms. White looks forward to each and every school year at Cross Schools. She takes pride in being available spiritually and administratively for each of the teachers she assists. Her goal is to have a fun and educational year, with each day bringing a new and exciting experience.
Ms. White loves getting to know each student and watching them grow spiritually and academically. She is always proud of their growth over the school year, but the greatest reward is to watch them become proud of themselves.
Sherry White, Kindergarten
Sherry White has over twenty-three years experience teaching kindergarten, first, second and third grades. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and two Masters' Degrees in Educational Leadership, Guidance and Counseling and Reading. Ms. White worked as a reading and ESOL (English as a second language) specialist for the Dearborn Public Schools in Michigan. After moving to Hilton Head Island five years ago, she taught second grade at Hilton Head Elementary School for the Creative Arts and third grade at Hilton Head Christian Academy before coming to Cross Schools two years ago. She is certified in Early Childhood, ESOL and Reading. Although she has taught in many different areas throughout her career, her heart belongs in kindergarten.
Ms. White believes children learn best through active, hands-on learning. She also teaches using many different teaching styles in order to accommodate the differences in students. She has a balanced classroom incorporating centers, whole group, small group, technology, cooperative learning and one-on-one interaction to meet the many different needs and levels of students in all academic areas.
Carrie Wilder, Assistant Teacher in Second Grade
Carrie Wilder graduated from Elon College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She has many years teaching experience both in homeschooling her four children, and as an assistant teacher in Lower School.
Mrs. Wilder believes strongly in seeing each student as a child of God. She feels it is necessary to approach each student as a whole person; intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. Her desire is to be of great support to her lead teachers while inspiring and guiding each student through individual attention and patience.
Jenny Williamson, First Grade
Jenny Williamson is entering her eighth year at Cross Schools. Ms. Williamson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from the University of South Florida. She has acquired over sixteen years of experience in the classroom.
Ms. Williamson's goal is for every student to feel encouraged, capable, and enthusiastic about learning. She strives to recognize each child's individual strengths and areas of weakness. This allows them to develop and improve upon skills they have when entering the first grade. Students have an excellent balance of fun, laughter and academics. They are encouraged to support and help one another which develops an excellent team atmosphere. She encourages students to develop their own sense of self-discipline that fosters a favorable environment for education. Ms. Williamson's desire is to show Christ's love to each child and treasure the time she has with every student.