Leslie Albert, Faith Formation

Leslie Albert's children began attending Cross Schools in 2006.  In 2009, as a volunteer, she spearheaded the building of the Cross Schools Library then served as librarian for two years.  She joined Cross Schools as a part of the Faith Formation program in 2016 as an assistant.  Today, she is a teacher of children from Preschool through Middle School, and the coordinator of ministry and outreach events.  

Mrs. Albert holds a Bachelors of Science in Finance Degree from the University of Florida.  She held positions in event planning for the Savannah Economic Development Authority, recruiting and corporate development for the Career Management Center at Vanderbilt University MBA School, and Membership Services Director at Belfair Plantation.  These roles, combined with her desire to inspire others to grow in the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord, have prepared her for this new position.  

Mrs. Albert and her husband, Gerrit, have three children who attend Cross Schools.  Contact Mrs. Albert at l.albert@crossschools.org.  


Carely Beaz, Preschool Spanish 

Carely Beaz has over six years experience in Early Childhood Education, and has been a part of Cross Schools for four years.  She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is fluent in both English and Spanish.  She and her husband have three beautiful children.  

Ms. Carely looks forward to a class filled with fun, friends, and faith.  She works to provide a loving, structured environment.  She wants each child to thrive in her classroom, and works towards personal, social, and physical development during the school year. Contact Ms. Carely at c.beaz@crossschools.org

Taylor Drake, Media Specialist 

Taylor Drake was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina.  She has over five years experience in Early Childhood Education, and is currently completing her degree in Early Childhood Elementary Education at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.  

Ms. Drake believes in providing students with a positive and enthusiastic learning environment.  She hopes to encourage compassion and to instill a strong love of learning.  She is excited to be a part of the Cross Schools family!  Contact Ms. Drake at t.drake@crossschools.org.

Elisabeth Markle, Faith Formation

Elisabeth Markle has been a part of the Cross Schools community since moving to Bluffton in 2006. She has served in several different positions, beginning as a Church Office Coordinator and Liaison between the Church and school. From there, she transitioned to a Lead Preschool Teacher in 2008 before moving into her current role in 2011 with the Faith Formation program, teaching Bible and leading chapels and special events for Preschool through 8th grade.

Ms. Markle has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Eastern University. After college, she worked for a substance abuse prevention agency, served in college ministry at Northern Arizona University, and managed a teacher supply store. These different work experiences, combined with many years of Christian education, have prepared her to teach the Bible and help minister to the spiritual needs of the different age groups at Cross Schools.

The Faith Formation program is first and foremost relational, meaning that it is through relationships with the Lord and with one another that we see, learn and experience the Christian life.  These relationships with the Lord and with one another that we see, learn and experience the Christian life.  

These relationships are built and solidified by training students in God's word, modeling a strong foundation of faith and discipleship, providing opportunities for missional service and helping them to apply a Biblical worldview to all aspects of life.  The Bible says that the children were passionately welcomed by Jesus (Matthew 19:14), and Ms. Markle strongly believes that children of all ages can be full-fledged members of the family of God through faith in Christ.  Her greatest hope for Cross students is that they will grow up to boldly declare, "You are the King and the Lord.  You have always been my hope.  I have trusted in you ever since I was young."  Psalm 71:5  Contact Ms. Markle at e.markle@crossschools.org


Jeff McGuire, Physical Education

Jeff McGuire comes to Cross Schools from Lebanon, New Hampshire where he taught Physical Education and Health at all levels for thirty-five years. Coach McGuire also coached High School and Middle School sports for thirty-five years including High School varsity baseball, basketball, and softball.  He graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, and graduated from Plymouth State University with a Masters Degree in Health Education.

Coach McGuire believes that physical education and health in our schools are the building blocks to a healthy adulthood.  He is passionate about teaching fitness and being active, and the quality of life it offers through a students lifetime.

Coach McGuire and his wife have three daughters and one granddaughter.  He moved to Bluffton last year after vacationing here for several years and falling in love with the area. Coach McGuire loves golf, basketball, baseball, fitness, the beach, and especially spending time with his family. Contact Coach McGuire at j.mcguire@crossschools.org.   

Christine Richard, Environmental Learning

Christine Richard grew up in the Hilton Head/Bluffton area since the age of five.  She went through the Hilton Head schools, graduating from Hilton Head High School in 2000.  After living abroad in Argentina and Spain, she completed her undergraduate studies at Winthrop University.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and a minor in Spanish. 

Mrs. Richard started her teaching career in Beaufort County in 2006 and had the opportunity to teach for two years at a Christian school in Florence, South Carolina.   Providing a safe and encouraging learning environment for her students is a priority for her.  She strives to make sure that each student feels appreciated and loved.  

Mrs. Richard and her husband have three children who attend Cross Schools.  She enjoys being outside as much as possible, and loves exploring God's creations with her family.  She is thrilled that through the Environmental Learning class she is able to share her outdoor enthusiasm and foster the inquisitive spirit of her students.   Contact Mrs. Richard at c.richard@crossschools.org.