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 email@example.com.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 career in healthcare sales before choosing to take time to be 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 in a short time 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 email@example.com.
Alison Ross holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle Childhood Education and Masters of Education in School Counseling from Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio).
For the past 11 years, Mrs. Ross has served as a Lead Middle and High School Counselor in Savannah, Georgia. During her tenure in Savannah, Mrs. Ross held several leadership and advisory positions within the school and district-all with the purpose to prepare students to be college and career ready. In 2018, she was named the Teacher Advisor of Excellence by Gulfstream’s Student Leadership Program, offering an opportunity to attend the National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Mrs. Ross has served as a mentor with YoungLives Bluffton/Hilton Head Island, sharing the love of Christ with amazing teen moms.
Having attended a small Christian private Pre-K thru 12th-grade school, Mrs. Ross is honored to return to a faith-based learning community. In this new role, she is conscientious and dedicated to develop programs that are aligned with the Cross School’s Mission Statement and the students’ individual post-secondary goals. Mrs. Ross believes that students’ spiritual, emotional, and social well-being are what drives academic success.
Mrs. Ross and her husband Jordan are active members of the Church of the Cross and have three children: Jackson, Charlotte, and Miles. Contact Mrs. Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paula Tilley, originally from New Jersey, has lived in Beaufort County since 2007. She is firmly rooted in the area after raising her three children here. After a seven-year position as the Director of Finance and Administration with the Regional Transportation Authority, she heard God call her to work for a church and school in Savannah. This gave her the needed experience to answer another call from Him to work at Cross Schools. She feels so blessed to be here. She says her biggest accomplishments are her children. With three children in very different stages of life, she doesn’t have much time for hobbies but she and her family are huge Disney fans! She also enjoys going to the beach and cooking for friends. She is active at her Church, Saint Francis by the Sea on Hilton Head. She and her husband live in Bluffton and their son attends Cross Schools. Her favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 49:15-16: "I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me."
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Mrs. Winders and her husband have three children. Her daughter and son are thrilled to be a part of Cross Schools, and her youngest will join the Stingray family next year. It is her goal to combine her range of experience with the other teachers at Cross Schools and to 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 has years of experience coaching both basketball and softball. As Athletic Director, she is passionate, devoted and excited about the Cross Schools Athletic Program.
Mrs. Winders taught in North Carolina and Virginia before moving to South Carolina in 2013. She has enjoyed working at Cross since 2014. Mrs. Winders is very excited to be a part of Cross Schools faculty. Contact Mrs. Winders at email@example.com.