Michelle Bueso, First 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. Contact Ms. Bueso at m.bueso@crossschools.org.

Sarah Epperson, Kindergarten

Sarah Epperson was born and raised on Hilton Head Island. She graduated from the University of South Carolina Beaufort with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Epperson has more than five years teaching experience. 

Her goal as a teacher is to guide young children in their academics, encourage them to try new things, and help them develop a love for learning. Mrs. Epperson loves Cross Schools and feels so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community. Contact Mrs. Epperson at s.epperson@crossschools.org.

Kathryn Gilmour, Assistant Teacher in Second 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. Contact Mrs. Gilmour at k.gilmour@crossschools.org.  

Leslie Hunter, Second Grade

Leslie Hunter has been teaching at Cross Schools for the past sixteen 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.  Contact Mrs. Hunter at l.hunter@crossschools.org

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. Her daughter, Reese, attends Cross Schools.  

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.  Contact Mrs. Marquez at c.marquez@crossschools.org.  

Monica Schultz, Third Grade

Monica Schultz has been teaching elementary students for eighteen years. She attended a Christian university in Tennessee where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. While teaching in a private school in the Atlanta area, she earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction followed by an Ed.S Degree in Leadership and Supervision.

Mrs. Schultz believes children are naturally joyful and uses that joy in her classroom. She also believes learning is enhanced with the power of music and movement. It is not unusual to see her students singing or stretching during one of the “brain breaks” provided throughout the day.

The Schultz family feels blessed to be a part of the Cross Schools community. Contact Mrs. Schultz at m.schultz@crossschools.org.

Kristin Thompson, Fourth Grade

Kristin Thompson has been an educator for over ninteen 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 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.  Contact Mrs. Thompson at k.thompson@crossschools.org.

Christine Weathersbee, Fourth Grade

Christine Weathersbee has been teaching at Cross Schools for eight 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.  Contact Mrs. Weathersbee at c.weathersbee@crossschools.org

Carrie Wilder, Assistant Teacher in Kindergarten

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.  Contact Mrs. Wilder at c.wilder@crossschools.org

Jenny Williamson, First Grade

Jenny Williamson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from the University of South Florida. She has acquired over twenty years experience in the classroom and has been part of the Cross Schools family for over ten years. Ms. Williamson's three grown children also live in the Lowcountry. She is thrilled that her daughter, Kelly Williamson, is now working at Cross in the role of Director of Development. 

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. Contact Mrs. Williamson at j.williamson@crossschools.org