Jennifer Drury, Media Specialist
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 strives to inspire in each student a lifelong love of reading. She also strives to create an exciting learning environment where each student is comfortable yet challenged. There is nothing typical or quiet about the Cross Schools library! Through use of various types of media and immersive themes, Mrs. Drury challenges the Cross Schools students to do more, learn more, and most of all, READ more!
Elisabeth Markle, Bible and Chapel Program
Elisabeth Markle has been a part of the Cross 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 before moving into her current role in 2011 as Chapel Leader and Catechesis/Bible Teacher. She has the unique privilege of meeting weekly with every single student, from 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.
Catechesis, which means the "re-echoing down to another," is about introducing students to the Lord and helping them to establish their own personal relationship with Him and His Church. The Bible says that the children were passionately welcomed by Jesus (Matthew 19:14), and Ms. Markle strongly believes children of all ages can be full-fledged members of the family of God through faith in Jesus 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).
Kira Winders, Physical Education
Kira Winders holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Appalachian State University and a Masters of Elementary Education from Liberty University. Mrs. Winders loves being active and healthy and is extremely passionate in providing her students with the knowledge to live a healthy and active lifestyle. It is her goal to combine her range of experience with the other teachers at Cross Schools and to and present Health and Physical Education as an important, fun, and life changing class.
Mrs. Winders taught in North Carolina and Virginia before moving to South Carolina. Mrs. Winders started at Cross Schools in 2014 in the after school program and as a substitute teacher. Mrs. Winders is very excited to be a part of Cross Schools faculty.