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.  


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.


Kayla Smoak, Assistant Preschool Director

Kayla Smoak holds a Bachelors Degree in Arts with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She has more than nine years of experience working in the preschool setting, both in the classroom and administrative role. She began her career with Cross Schools in 2012. Ms. Kayla and her husband, Jonathan moved to the Bluffton area in 2012 and plan to start a family in the lowcountry.  

Ms. Kayla enjoys sharing her love, talents, and attention with the teachers, parents, and students at Cross Schools.   Ms. Kayla is thrilled to be a part of such a supportive, Christian environment.  Contact Ms. Kayla at k.smoak@crossschools.org.

 

 


Mollie Baile, Office Manager, Preschool

Mollie Baile holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Auburn University. She began her career on St. Simons Island, Georgia, working as a personal trainer and as an Assistant Tennis Coach for Frederica Academy. She has experience in the banking industry, working for BB&T as a Relationship Banker, as a Mortgage Loan Officer, and as a Personal Lines Account Manager.

Mrs. Baile met her husband, Jason, while living on St. Simons Island, and relocated to Bluffton after they were married. After the birth of her daughter, Blake, Mrs. Baile took a step back from her career to care for her daughter. During this time, she was a Consultant for Rodan and Fields. She began her career with Cross Schools as a part-time Office Assistant, and was recently promoted to Office Manager.  Mrs. Baile is so excited to be a part of Cross Schools! She feels very strongly that this career change is God's plan, and is the perfect opportunity for her and her family. Contact Mrs. Baile at m.baile@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 2012.  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 the fifth grade.  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.


Donna Roberts, Business Manager

Donna Roberts has worked as a teacher in the Preschool program at Cross Schools for over six years, and has been a member of the Cross Schools family for well over ten years.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Corporate Finance from Dowling College in New York and BBA in Accounting.  She has lived in South Carolina for over thirteen years. 

Ms. Roberts has extensive experience in private (corporate) accounting, working for a Fortune 500 company in New York for ten years, as well as for a prominent builder in South Carolina for several years before transitioning to the public arena.  She is excited to use these skills to continue to support Cross Schools and the families we serve.  Contact Ms. Roberts at d.roberts@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.