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).
Please read this fantastic feature on Dr. Schultz in CH2 magazine by clicking here.
Susan Hackett – Preschool 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.
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 email@example.com.
Kris Calhoun, Office Manager, Preschool
Kris Calhoun joined Cross Schools in 2013. She has nine years of experience working in a school setting, and has held many different rolls including Media and Technology Assistant and Receptionist. She loves working in a Christian school environment where Christ's love can be openly shared with the children.
Mrs. Calhoun and her husband of twenty-five years, Todd, have three children and a new son-in-law. They have lived in Bluffton for ten years and love exploring all that this area has to offer.
Alison Howard, Director of Admissions, Preschool
Alison Howard's first role with Cross Schools was as a parent to her daughters in the Preschool Division. She began her career with Cross Schools as the Director of Admissions for the Preschool Division in 2006.
Mrs. Howard studied at Georgia Southern University and holds a Degree in Medical Assisting from Fortis College in Atlanta. Prior to her association with Cross Schools, Mrs. Howard was a lead Medical Assistant for a large Pediatric and Cardiology practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, Mrs. Howard is a Certified Trainer in Early Childhood Education and has written numerous training courses for staff and leadership.
Mrs. Howard and her husband, Will, have two daughters, Bayleigh and Molly.
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.