Education

Back to school 2015: A closer look at your school

Click or tap on school names for detailed information, including grade levels, address (click for map), phone numbers, websites, choice programs, enrollment, class times, administration information, principal biographies and booster club information.

BATTERY CREEK HIGH SCHOOL

Grades: ninth through 12th

Address: 1 Blue Dolphin Drive, Beaufort, SC

Phone: 843-322-5500

Website: bch.beaufort.k12.sc.us

School choice programs: College and Career Cluster Communities with a special emphasis on Aviation and Aeronautical Engineering

Enrollment: 874

Class times: 7:39 a.m. to2:30 p.m.

Principal: Edmond Burnes, 843-322-5545

Burnes has been an educator for 35 years. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from the Baptist College at Charleston. He also has a master's degree in mathematics, as well as educational administration and leadership. Burnes has been an administrator for 18 years, five years as an assistant principal at Beaufort High School, three years as principal at Jasper County High School and 10 years as principal at Battery Creek High School, the position that he currently holds.

Administrators:

Gilbert Sanchez, assistant principal of the Freshman Academy, 843-322-5544

Elandee Thompson, assistant principal for Instruction, 843-322-5543

Head of guidance: Janice Ulmer, 843-322-5591

Teacher of the year: Willie Ortiz, 11th grade (U.S. history)

Ortiz is a social studies teacher. He received his bachelor of science degree from Connecticut and is currently working on his master's degree in educational administration. After his two-year career as a teacher and head football coach in Milford, Conn., Ortiz moved to South Carolina in 2010, where he was offered a TAP Mentor Teaching Position, Social Studies department chair, and Defensive Secondary Coordinator for the varsity football team at BCHS.

School Improvement Council contact: Christine Beeler, SIC chair, 843-379-5668

Athletics Booster Club contact: Heather Bailey, president, 843-263-5865

BEAUFORT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Grades: pre-kindergarten through fifth

Address: 1800 Prince St., Beaufort, SC

Phone: 843-322-2600

Website: bes.beaufort.k12.sc.us/

School choice programs: Montessori, AMES

Enrollment: 540

Class times: 8:30 a.m. to3:30 p.m.

Principal: Melissa Holland, 843-322-2600 or 843-441-5288

An educator in Beaufort County Schools for the past 17 years, Holland has taught grades kindergarten through second, worked in literacy intervention and also has served as a literacy coach. She was an assistant principal at Bluffton Elementary Early Childhood Center, Lady's Island Elementary and Beaufort Elementary School before becoming principal of Beaufort Elementary School in 2015.

Administrator: Vicki Goude, assistant principal, 843-322-2600

Head of guidance: Whitney Custer, 843-322-2600

Teacher of the year: Aracely Johnson, fifth-grade math and science.

Johnson is a master naturalist who is nationally board certified and the school's science fair coordinator.

School Improvement Council contact: Todd Keyserling, SIC chair

BEAUFORT MIDDLE SCHOOL

Grades: sixth through eighth

Address: 2501 Mossy Oaks Road, Beaufort, SC

Phone: 843-322-5700

Website: bms.beaufort.k12.sc.us/pages/Beaufort_Middle_School

School choice programs: arts integrated, classical studies

Enrollment: 567

Class times: 7:30 a.m. to2:30 p.m.

Principal: Carole Ingram, carole.ingram@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-322-5665, 843-812-6043

Ingram has been the principal of Beaufort Middle School since 2005. She received a bachelor of arts degree in English and teacher certification from Valdosta State University and received her administrative degree in secondary administration and supervision from the University of South Carolina. Ingram was named the S.C. Middle Level Principal of the Year in 2009, and BMS was named a Palmetto's Finest Middle School in 2012. She is a member of Sea Island Rotary Club and a member of the board of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.

Administrator: Carrie Grilli, assistant principal, carrie.grilli@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-322-5672

Head of guidance: Kayla Neumann, kayla.neumann@beaufort.k12.sc.us; 843-322-5675

Teacher of the year: Bryanna Dennewitz, 8th-grade science teacher

School Improvement Council contact: Faye Alston, SIC Past President, fpalston@embarqmail.com

BEAUFORT HIGH SCHOOL

Grades: ninth through 12th

Address: 84 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort, SC

Phone: 843-322-2000

Website: bhs.beaufort.k12.sc.us/pages/Beaufort_High

School choice programs: High School Academies (Small Schools)

Enrollment: about 1,500

Class times: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Principal: Corey Murphy, corey.murphy@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Administrators:

Thomas Barr, head of School-Freshman Academy, thomas.barri@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Jennifer Woods, head of School-Arts, Communication & Technology, jennifer.woods@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Daniel Tooman, head of School-Medical & Consumer Sciences, daniel.tooman@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Herbert Glaze, dean of students, herbert.glaze@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Head of guidance: Aquanette Treacy

BEAUFORT-JASPER ACADEMY FOR CAREER EXCELLENCE

Grades: ninth through 12th

Address: 80 Lowcountry Drive, Ridgeland, SC

Phone: 843-987-8107

Website: bjace.org

Class times: 8 a.m. to 2:03 p.m.

Principal: J. Edward Henderson

School Improvement Council contact: Trish Heichel, 843-987-8107, heichelt@bjace.org

BLUFFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Grades: pre-kindergarten through fifth

Address: 160 HE McCracken Circle, Bluffton, SC

Phone number: 843-706-8500 (Elementary), 843-707-0900 (Early Childhood Center)

Website: ble.beaufort.k12.sc.us

School choice program: Animation, creation and design

Enrollment: 650

Class times: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Principal: Christine Brown, 843-706-8500, christine.wright-brown@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Brown has been in education for 18 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and a master's degree in administration as well as one in technology.

Administrators:

Mary Rozek, assistant principal, mary.rozek@beaufort.k12.sc.us

NanciMarie Ranghelli, assistant principal, nancimarie.ranghelli@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Head of guidance: Michaela Yates, 843-706-8500

Teacher of the year: Lori Cribb, fifth grade

Cribb has been a fifth-grade teacher at Bluffton Elementary for three years and has worked in education for 15 years. Her driving philosophy in education is that work ethic and character form the basis of immediate and continuing success.

School Improvement Council contact: Kathy Cuppia, president SIC, kathycuppia2@gmail.com

BLUFFTON HIGH SCHOOL

Grades: 10th through 12th

Address: 12 H.E. McCracken Circle, Bluffton, SC

Phone number: 843-706-8800

Website: blh.beaufort.k12.sc.us

Enrollment: 1,272

Class times: 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Principal: Mark Dievendorf, 843-706-8803, mark.dievendorf@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Dievendorf is beginning his fifth year as principal at the school and his 36th year in education. Prior to coming to the Bobcat Nation, he served as principal at Jenison High School in Jenison, Mich., for 18 years; principal at Holly High School in Holly, Mich., for two years and assistant principal at Rochester Adams High School in Rochester Hills, Mich., for three years. Dievendorf taught band, orchestra and choir for nearly nine years prior to becoming a school administrator.

Administrators:

Chloe Gordon, assistant principal for instruction and student services, 843-706-8087, chloe.gordon@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Joseph Parker, assistant principal for instruction and operations, 843-706-8944, joseph.parker@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Cindy Rini, assistant principal for instruction and curriculum, 843-706-8936, cindy.rini@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Head of guidance: Kelly Homan, 843-706-8906, kelly.homan@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Teacher of the year: Lt. Col. John Carothers

School Improvement Council contact: Robert Collar, robert.collar@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Athletics booster club contact: Dave Adams, athletic director, 843-706-8926, charles.adams@beaufort.k12.sc.us

BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL

Grades: sixth through seventh

Address: 30 New Mustang Drive, Bluffton, SC

Phone number: 843-707-0700

Website: blm.beaufort.k12.sc.us

Enrollment: 1,025 students

Class times: 7:20 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.

Principal: Pat Freda, 843-707-0776, pat.freda@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Freda begins her third year at the school this fall. She has 29 years of experience in education, 20 years of which have been in Beaufort County.

Administrators:

Steven Schidrich, 843-707-0758, steven.schidrich@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Beth Bournias, 843-707-0774, beth.bournias@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Francina Dantzler, 843-707-0988, francina.dantzler@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Head of guidance: Deborah Birkett, 843-707-0768, deborah.birkett@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Teacher of the year: Sharon McMahon

McMahon teaches seventh-grade math and advanced math. She is the school's coordinator for its Positive Behavior Intervention Systems and serves on the Teacher Forum for the school district.

PTA/PTO contact: Jane Harmon, 843-290-174, janecordellharmon@yahoo.com

School Improvement Council contact: Sue Campion, 843-263-6829, brasuk@hargray.com

Athletics booster club contact: John Houpt, 843-707-0786, john.houpt@beaufort.k12.sc.us

BRIDGES PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Grades: kindergarten - eighth

Address: 1100 Boundary St, Beaufort, SC

Phone: 843.982.7737

Website: bridgesprep.org/

School choice program: public charter school, STEM and Paideia

Principal: Robert Bohnstengel, Interim Head of School

Head of Guidance: Kat Walsh Landrum, klandrum@bridgesprep.org

PTO Contact: Charlene Baer, president, pto@bridgesprep.org

BROAD RIVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Grades: pre-kindergarten through fifth

Address: 474 Broad River Blvd., Beaufort, SC

Phone: 843-322-8400

Website: bre.beaufort.k12.sc.us

School choice programs: dual language immersion

Enrollment: 520

Class times: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Principal: Constance Goodwine-Lewis, 843-322-8400, constance.goodwine-lewis@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Goodwine-Lewis has been the principal for the past six years. She is entering her 17th year in education and has served the school district previously as a teacher and assistant principal. Goodwine-Lewis is a native of Beaufort.

Administrator: Jamie Allen, assistant principal, 843-322-8400

Head of guidance: Cathy Johnson 843-322-8400

Teacher of the year: Geneva Young, third-grade Chinese immersion teacher

Young has been in the teaching profession for five years. She is known most for her unique way of engaging learners and forming meaningful relationships with her students. She serves as a teacher leader and co-sponsors the school's annual pageant.

School Improvement Council contact: Jennie Jessup, chairwoman, 843-379-3694

COOSA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Grades: pre-kindergarten through fifth

Address: 45 Middle Road, Beaufort, SC

Phone: 843-322-6100

Website: ces.beaufort.k12.sc.us/pages/Coosa_Elementary_School

School choice programs: Leader in Me

Enrollment: 516

Class times: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Principal: Charles DelForge, 843-322-6100

DelForge is a former elementary teacher and principal. He has been in the field of education for 22 years. He has been a principal for 13 years.

Administrator: Lynn Patterson, assistant principal, 843-322-6100

Head of guidance: Nicole Bossak

Teacher of the year: Rolanda Gilliard

Gilliard taught second grade at Coosa before her retirement at the end of last year. Her students achieved at a high level. Her love for students came across in all she did.

School Improvement Council contact: Audra Powell

CROSS SCHOOLS

Grades: 2-year-old preschool through eighth

Address: 495 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton, SC

Phone number: 843-706-2000

Website: crossschools.org

Enrollment: 400

Class times: Full-time preschool is 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; school-day preschool is 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; kindergarten through eighth grade is 8:20 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Principals:

Susan Hackett, preschool director, 843-706-2000, s.hackett@crossschools.org

Shawn Young, headmistress, 843-706-2000, s.young@crossschools.org

Administrator: Vicki Burris, director of development, 843-706-2000, v.burris@crossschools.org

Athletics booster club contact: Katherine Rosenblum, 843-706-2000, k.rosenblum@crossschools.org

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Grades: pre-kindergarten through fifth

Address: 22 Old Haig Point Road, Daufuskie Island, SC

Phone number: 843-686-1580

Website: sca.beaufort.k12.sc.us/pages/Hilton_Head_IslandCA/Daufuskie_Island_School

School choice program: Multi-Age

Enrollment: 16

Class times: 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Principal: Gretchen Keefner, 843-342-4101

Daufuskie Island Elementary is a satellite campus to Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts. Principal Gretchen Keefner oversees and administers the program and supervises the two teachers at Daufuskie Island Elementary.

Born and raised in Erie, Pa., Keefner received a bachelor of arts degree in education from the University of Akron and an master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction and administration from Cleveland State University. She moved here with her husband, Rich, from Canton, Ohio, in 1998. This will be her 27th year as a principal and 18th year in the Beaufort County School District.

Administrator: Lead teacher housed at Daufuskie Island Elementary is Kym Castillo, 843-686-1580.

Head of guidance: Holly Sears, 843-342-4143

School Improvement Council contact: Gretchen Keefner, 843-342-4101

H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Grades: eighth through ninth

Address: 250 H.E. McCracken Circle, Bluffton, SC

Phone number: 843-706-8700

Website: hem.beaufort.k12.sc.us

School choice program: Arts Integrated, Project Lead the Way

Enrollment: 1,150

Class times: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Principal: J. Todd Bornscheuer, joseph.bornscheuer@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Todd Bornscheuer enters his third year as principal at H.E. McCracken and his 20th year in education, with a background as a high school mathematics teacher. He has an master of arts degree in secondary education in administration and a second master's degree in mathematics education from the University of South Carolina.

Administrators:

Pamela Maddox, assistant principal for special programs, pamela.maddox@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Lorene Pryor, assistant principal for eighth grade, lorene.pryor@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Lindsey Skirtich, assistant principal for ninth grade, lindsey.skirtich@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Head of guidance: Annette Ballard, annette.ballard@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Teacher of the year: Stacie Greene, ninth grade English teacher

Greene is a respected teacher leader in Beaufort County. She has a diverse background with success at multiple levels. Her classroom is a model for teachers. She co-led a school-wide writing initiative that resulted in great gains with writing.

School Improvement Council contact: Emily Bierman, emabiergal@aol.com

Athletics Booster Club contact: Christie Welsch-Copeland, cwelschcopeland@gmail.com

HERITAGE ACADEMY

Grades: fifth through 12th

Address: 11 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island, SC

Phone number: 843-842-8600

Website: heritagehhi.com

Class times: 7:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. or 12:40 to 5:30 p.m.

Principal: Head of School Gloria Shoemaker, 843-842-8600, gloria.shoemaker@juniorsports.com

Shoemaker earned her master of science degree in secondary education from Indiana University and also has certification in English education, gifted/talented education and English-as-a-second-language instruction. She spent 30 years in international education on four continents.

Administrator: Dean Costakis, assistant head of school, 843-842-8600, dean.costakis@juniorsports.com

Head of guidance: Betsey Castellano, director of student services, betsey.castellano@juniorsports.com, 843-842-8600

HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

Grades: kindergarten through 12th

Address: 55 Gardner Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC

Phone number: 843-681-2878

Website: hhca.org

Class times: Lower School, 8 a.m. to 2:45 pm; Middle/Upper School 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Principals:

Melanie Hilton, principal for grades kindergarten through eighth, 843-342-9500, mhilton@hhca.org

Hilton is beginning her fourth year as principal. She previously worked as a second-grade teacher at the school for 13 years and has 20 years experience in elementary education. Hilton holds a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Texas Tech University, an early childhood degree from Columbus State University and an master of science degree in arts integration from Lesley University.

Larry Green, principal for grades nine through 12th, 843-681-2878, lgreen@hhca.org

Green graduated from West Chester University with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. He also has a master's degree in educational administration from Cheyney University and a master's of biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Green came to the school after working at Plumstead Christian School in Pennsylvania for 18 years. He will be entering his 16th year at the school.

Administrators: Daniel Wesche, headmaster, 843-681-2878 or dwesche@hhca.org

Head of guidance: Karen Qualls, 843-681-2878 or kqualls@hhca.org

Parent Teacher Fellowship contact: Lorrie Taylor, president, 843-837-6455, lltaylor@hargray.com

Athletics booster club contact: Mike Weaver, weaverfam@me.com

HILTON HEAD ISLAND EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

Grades: pre-K and kindergarten

Address: 165 Pembroke Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC

Phone number: 843-689-0414 or 843-689-0424 (Spanish/espanol)

Website: hec.beaufort.k12.sc.us

Enrollment: 450

Class times: 8:20 a.m to 3:20 p.m.

Principal: Kim Bratt, 843-689-0422, kim.bratt@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Bratt has been in education for more than two decades. She has an early childhood and elementary degree and a master's degree in supervision and Instruction. She is starting her sixth year as the principal of HHIECC.

Administrator: Sarah Owen, assistant principal, 843-689-0414, sarah.owen@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Head of guidance: Ginette Evans, 843-689-0415, ginette.evans@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Teacher of the year: Marianne Carroll, kindergarten teacher

Carroll is an exemplary teacher. Her classroom is warm and welcoming and she always has a smile and warm greeting for each child. Her philosophy of promoting and teaching positive behavior empowers her students to take ownership of their learning while helping others. Each year her students grow and learn past expectations.

School Improvement Council contact: Breanna Yenkana, president

HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Grades: first through fifth

Address: 30 School Road, Hilton Head Island, SC

Phone number: 843-342-4100

Website: hhe.beaufort.k12.sc.us

Enrollment: 971

Class times: 8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Principal: Jill McAden, 843-342-4206, jill.mcaden@beaufort.k12.sc.us

McAden is from Atlanta and has been at Hilton Head Island Elementary since 1999. She earned her undergraduate degree at Converse College and her master's degree from Cambridge College.

Administrators:

Michelle Brockway, 843-342-4222, michelle.brockway@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Donald "Cy" Clendaniel, 843-342-4202, donald.clendaniel@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Head of guidance: Mary "Melissa" Hady, 843-342-4353, mary.hady@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Teacher of the year: Donna Rombauer, fourth grade

Donna Rombauer relocated to Hilton Head from Boston. Changing career direction after almost 30 years in accounting, she returned to school to fulfill a lifelong dream to become a teacher, earning a master of arts in teaching degree from the University of South Carolina. She has been a fourth grade teacher at HHIES since 2010.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS

Grades: first through fifth

Address: 10 Bus Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC

Phone Number: 843-342-4101

Website: sca.beaufort.k12.sc.us

School choice program: Arts Integrated

Enrollment: 807

Class times: 8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Principal: Gretchen Keefner, 843-342-4101

Born and raised in Erie, Pa., Keefner received a bachelor of arts in education from the University of Akron and a master of arts in curriculum and Instruction and administration from Cleveland State University. She moved here with her husband, Rich, from Canton, Ohio, in 1998. This will be her 27th year as a principal and 18th year in the Beaufort County School District.

Administrators:

Matthew Hunt, assistant principal, 843-342-4105

Nikki Lucas, assistant principal, 843-342-4376

Head of guidance: Holly Sears, 843-342-4143

Teacher of the year: Kelly Soule

Soule teaches fourth grade at Creative Arts. She was selected by her peers for her commitment to her students and their success. She is a Master Teacher with 26-plus years in elementary education. She holds a master's in education from Winthrop University in Arts Integration. She has provided workshops for colleagues at school, other teachers at district professional development days and at state conferences on Integrating the Arts in the elementary classroom.

School Improvement Council contact: Gretchen Keefner, 843-342-4101

HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL

Grades: ninth through 12th

Address: 70 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island, SC

Phone number: 843-689-4800

Website: hhh.beaufort.k12.sc.us

School choice program: International Baccalaureate

Enrollment: 1,338

Class times: 8:35 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

School mascot: Seahawk

Principal: Amanda O'Nan, 843-689-4805, elizabeth.o'nan@beaufort.k12.sc.us

O'Nan graduated with a bachelor's of science from the University of Kentucky and later earned a master's in education administration. She taught Family and Consumer Sciences in Kentucky, Florida and then taught at Battery Creek High School and Hilton Head High before becoming assistant principal. This is her ninth year as principal.

Administrators:

Sandra Jensen, assistant principal, 843-689-4802, sandra.jensen@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Joe Skirtich, assistant principal, 843-689-4801, joseph.skirtich@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Alvilda Graham, assistant principal, 843-689-4804, Alvilda.Graham@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Joe Monmonier, athletic director, 843-689-4806, joseph.monmonier@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Head of guidance: Sandra Jensen, 843-689-4802, sandra.jensen@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Teacher of the year: Michelle Hartman, ninth grade English

Hartman is an alumna of Hilton Head High and a teacher in the ninth grade academy. She is the former IB coordinator and curriculum writer.

School Improvement Council contact: Todd Rhine, Todd@toddrhine.com

Athletics booster club contact: Cathy Duane, cathy.duane@jbanksdesign.com

HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL

Grades: sixth through eighth

Address: 55 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island, SC

Phone number: 843-689-4500

Website: hhm.beaufort.k12.sc.us

School choice program: Middle Years International Baccalaureate

Enrollment: 986

Class times: 7:20 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.

Principal: Neodria Brown, Neodria.Brown@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-689-4595

Brown, a veteran educator entering her 11th year of education, is a former middle grades science teacher, having taught in Durham Public Schools for several years. Receiving a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's degree in school leadership from Western Carolina University, Brown served as an assistant principal at Hilton Head Island School for 2 1/2 years before transitioning to Hilton Head Island Middle School as principal in January of this year. Brown is excited to begin the 2015-16 school year as the Stingray principal and is looking forward to the growth of the MYP program.

Administrators:

Joseph Almeida, sixth-grade assistant principal, Antonio.Almeida@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Heidi Neeson, eighth-grade assistant principal, Heidi.Neeson@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Joseph Warfield, seventh-grade assistant principal, joseph.warfield@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Head of guidance: Gabi Wheatley, 843-689-4563

Teacher of the year: Matthew Seelman, eighth-grade pre-algebra and geometry

Seelman is a veteran math teacher at HHIMS. He has a 100 percent Algebra 1 EOC passage rate with his 2014-15 seventh-grade Algebra 1 students. He also is a high school baseball coach. A strong educator with a knack for making positive connections with students, Seelman is an integral part of our MYP program as he integrates real life experience with mathematics curriculum.

School Improvement Council contact: Diana Magnan, dvmagnan@hotmail.com

HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Grades: junior kindergarten through 12th

Address: 8 Fox Grape Road, Hilton Head Island, SC

Phone number: 843-671-2286

Website: hhprep.org

Class times: 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Headmaster: Jon Hopman, jhopman@hhprep.org

Hopman has broad experience in private-school education, day and boarding school leadership, communications and development and business operations. Hopman is also a husband and father, experienced educator, strategic planner and avid fisherman.

Administrators:

Darcy Devrnja, lower and middle school, ddevrnja@hhprep.org

Rich Basirico, athletic director, rbasirico@hhprep.org

Guidance Department:

Peg Hamilton, college guidance counselor, phamilton@hhprep.org

Marilyn Calore, all-school counselor, mcalore@hhprep.org

PTA/PTO contact: Dennis Puckey, dennispuckey@aol.com or Suzanne Milbourn, smilbourn@33parkmedia.com

Athletics booster club contact: Eric Wojcikiewicz, eric.wojcikiewicz@gmail.com

JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Grades: seventh to 10th

Address: 4211 N. Okatie Highway, Ridgeland, SC

Phone: 843-645-3838

Website: johnpaul2school.org

Class times: 8:15 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Principal: Walter Dupre, 843-645-3838

Administrators:

Heather Rembold, assistant principal, heather.rembold@johnpaul2school.org

Matt Dakolios, dean of students, matt.dakolios@johnpaul2.org

Head of guidance: Heidi Lazinski

School Advisory Board contact: Nicolle Thaller, thaller@frontiernet.net

School Improvement Council contact: Sandra Leatherwood, sleatherwood@catholic-doc.org

Athletics booster club contact: Jennifer O'Keefe, mauvles@aol.com

JOSEPH S. SHANKLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Grades: pre-K through fifth

Address: 121 Morrall Drive, Beaufort, SC

Phone: 843-466-3400

Website: ses.beaufort.k12.sc.us/

School choice program: Learning Through Leadership

Enrollment: 400

Class times: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Principal: Celestine LaVan, Ed.S-principal, Celestine.LaVan@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-466-3400

Administrators: Elizabeth Rivera, assistant principal, Elizabeth.Rivera@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-466-3400

Head of guidance: Deborah Moore

Teacher of the year: Michelle Krob, kindergarten

School Improvement Council contact: Celestine LaVan, Celestine.LaVan@beaufort.k12.sc.us

LADY'S ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Grades: pre-K through fifth

Address: 73 Chowan, Beaufort, SC

Phone: 843-322-2240

Website: lie.k12.sc.us

School choice program: Arts Integrated

Enrollment: 350

Class times: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Principal: Marvelle Ulmer, 843-322-2240, marvelle.ulmer@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Ulmer is married and the proud mother of four children. She earned a master's degree in educational administration from the University of South Carolina. This is her 23rd year in education and sixth year serving as the principal at Lady's Island Elementary.

Administrator: William Jason Osborne, assistant principal, 843-322-2240, william.osborne@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Head of guidance: Jalissa Newton, 843-322-2270

Teacher of the year: Brianne Christman, resource teacher

Brianne Christman is a graduate of the University of Toledo. This is her fifth year teaching students at Lady's Island Elementary.

School Improvement Council contact: Ervin Sebestyen, Chair, 843-322-2240

LADY'S ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL

Grades: sixth through seventh

Address: 30 Cougar Drive, Beaufort, SC

Phone: 843-322-3100

Website: lim.beaufort.k12.sc.us

School choice program: Arts Integrated, Gateway to Technology

Enrollment: 550

Class times: 7:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Principal: Auman Kates, 843-322-3100, auman.kates@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Kates has served in the Beaufort County School District for 16 years. In addition to teaching, she has been an academic coach, district level teacher evaluator, and assistant principal for the past four years. She looks forward to another successful year at Lady's Island Middle School, focusing on student achievement and building community relationships.

Administrators:

Lori Davis, assistant principal, 843-322-3100, lori.davis@beaufort.k12.sc.us

James Taylor, assistant principal, 843-322-3100, james.taylor@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Head of guidance: Lori Howell, 843-322-3100, lori.howell@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Teacher of the year: Portia Johnson, 843-322-3100, portia.johnson@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Johnson is a product of the Beaufort County School District and many members of her family are also school district employees. She is passionate about her teaching and student engagement. Johnson frequently shares her instructional practices with other educators in professional development sessions both in and outside of the school.

School Improvement Council contact: Vivian Watts and April Redd, Co-chairs at 843-322-3100

Athletics Booster Club contact: Dina Graves, President at 843-322-3100

LOWCOUNTRY MONTESSORI SCHOOL

Grades: pre-K through 10th

Address: 749 Broad River Drive, Seabrook, SC

Phone: 843-322-0577

Website: lowcomo.com

School choice program: public charter school, Montessori

Enrollment: 350

Class times: 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Principal: Amy Horn

Horn is a Georgia native who started her career in education as a high school health teacher. She has bachelor's and master's degrees in health promotion and behavior, a certification in educational leadership and her Montessori certification in lower elementary. After having children, she was drawn to the Montessori method for her children and soon started her career as a lower elementary teacher. She, along with more than 10 other individuals, came together to write, submit and implement the charter for Lowcountry Montessori and she began her career as a director in the fall of 2014.

Administrators:

Laura McKeown: assistant director

Brandon Smith: assistant director

Head of guidance: Rebecca Carrington

MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY AND EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

Grades: pre-K through fifth

Address: 200 Burnt Church Road, Bluffton, SC

Phone number: 843-706-8300; 843-707-0800 for the early childhood center

Website: mcr.beaufort.k12.sc.us

School choice program: Learning Through Leadership

Enrollment: 700

Class times: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Principal: Adrienne Sutton, 843-706-8300, adrienne.sutton@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Sutton is a University of South Carolina graduate with both a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's of education in reading. She lives on Hilton Head Island with her husband, Wendell Sutton. Sutton has served Beaufort County School District as an assistant principal and principal for more than 20 years. She has been an adjunct professor for the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Her career started in Lexington as an elementary and reading teacher.

Administrators:

Tracy Grubbs, assistant principal, 843-706-8300, Tracy.grubbs@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Tracy Lanese, assistant principal, 843-706-8300, tracy.lanese@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Guidance counselors: Aquanette Treacy, 843-706-8356, aquanette.treacy@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Teacher of the year: Amy Fleury

School Improvement Council contact: Jennifer Banks

MOSSY OAKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Grades: pre-K through fifth

Address: 2510 Mossy Oaks Road, Beaufort, SC

Phone: 843-322-2900

Website: moe.beaufort.k12.sc.us

School choice program: Arts Integrated

Enrollment: 410

Class times: 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Principal: Donald Gruel, 843-322-2900, donald.gruel@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Gruel is a product of the Beaufort County School System having graduated from Beaufort High School when it was located at the current location of Beaufort Middle School. He attended the University of South Carolina and has spent his entire education career at Mossy Oaks Elementary School. He has taught both second and third grades, served as the assistant principal, and have been principal since 2001.

Administrator: Dr. Tara Mack, assistant principal, 843-322-2900, tara.mack@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Head of guidance: Carol Brediger, 843-322-2900

Teacher of the year: Nancy Altman, Self-Contained Special Education teacher

This is the second time that Altman has been selected as the MOES "Teacher of the Year." She is a graduate of Furman University and dedicated educator.

OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Grades: pre-kindergarten through fifth

Address: 53 Cherry Point Road, Okatie, SC

Phone number: 843-322-7700

Website: oes.k12.sc.us

School choice program: Learning Through Leadership

Enrollment: 620

Class times: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Principal: Jamie Pinckney, 843-322-7700, jamie.pinckney@beaufort.k12.sc.us, or @principalpink on Twitter

Pinckney is starting 33 years as an educator all within Beaufort County and opened Okatie Elementary 13 years ago. She is a graduate of H.E. McCracken High School and a native Blufftonian, married and the mother of two sons.

Administrator: Marva Neal, 843-322-7702, marva.neal@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Head of guidance: Leslie Bauer, 843-322-7700

Teacher of the year: Chrissy Story, fifth-grade ELA/Social Studies teacher

Story is highly organized, creative and compassionate. She consistently seeks ways to challenge and motivate students by developing a thirst for learning. Her classroom is bright, warm, child-centered and homey, students want to spend the day laughing and learning.

School Improvement Council contact: Jennifer St. Clair, jennstclairslp@gmail.com

PORT ROYAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Grades: pre-K through fifth

Address: 1214 Paris Avenue, Port Royal, SC

Phone: 843-322-0820

Website: pre.beaufort.k12.sc.us

School choice program: Project Based Learning

Enrollment: 250

Class times: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Principal: Chavon Coleman Browne, 843-322-0834, Chavon.Browne@Beaufort.K12.SC.US

Browne is a native resident of Beaufort County and a graduate of Battery Creek High School. This is her fourth year as principal at Port Royal Elementary. She has served as an educator in Beaufort County for the past 12 years.

Administrator: Marvin "Clay" Fowler, assistant principal, 843-322-0850, Marvin.Fowler@Beaufort.K12.SC.US

Teacher of the year: Amanda Kata, second/third grades

Kata has been a teacher at Port Royal Elementary School for the past three years, where she has taught students in pre-kindergarten, second, and third grades. She has a master's in literacy, and her strengths include working with struggling students, as well as students identified as gifted and talented.

School Improvement Council contact: Rebecca Polk, rebpolk@hotmail.com

PRITCHARDVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Grades: pre-K through fifth

Address: 9447 Evan Way, Bluffton, SC

Phone: 843-707-0500

Website: pve.beaufort.k12.sc.us

School choice program: AMES

Enrollment: 800

Class times: 8:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Principal: Brenda Blue, 843-707-0500, brenda.blue@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Blue opens her third school year at Pritchardville ES. Pritchardville is a school where every child is special. We have a dedicated team of teachers and staff helping each student achieve his/her potential.

Administrators:

Mildred Glover, 843-707-0500, mildred.glover@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Mary Beth Roulston, 843-707-0500, marybeth.roulston@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Teacher of the year: Catherine May, pre-K teacher

May is a very dedicated teacher who has taught first grade and pre-K at Pritchardville.

School Improvement Council contact: Ruben DeJesus

RED CEDAR ELEMENTARY

Grades: pre-K through fifth

Address: 10 Box Elder St., Bluffton, SC

Phone: 843-707-0600

Website: rce.beaufort.k12.sc.us

School choice program: Project Based Learning

Enrollment: 710

Class times: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Principal: Kathleen Corley, kathleen.corley@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-707-0600

A Chicago-area native, Corley graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in music education and taught music and served as an assistant principal in the Chicago suburb. She later received a master's degree and doctorate in educational administration and became a principal in Lynchburg, Va. She has since opened three new schools: one in Salem, Mass., and two in Beaufort County. She has been the principal of Red Cedar Elementary in Bluffton since it opened in 2009.

Administrator: Melissa Vogt, assistant principal, melissa.vogt@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Head of guidance: Dr. Becky Hannahs

Teacher of the year: Kelly Bausher, fourth-grade

Bausher came to Red Cedar in 2013 from Hilton Head IB. She has taught both fourth and fifth grades. Bausher will be teacher GT this coming school year.

School Improvement Council contact: Michel Claudio, SIC President, 843-707-0600, mclaudio@hargray.com

RIVERVIEW CHARTER SCHOOL

Grades: kindergarten through eighth

Address: 81 Savannah Highway, Beaufort, SC

Phone: 843-379-0123

Website: RiverviewCharterSchool.org

Enrollment: 570

Class times: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Principal: Alison Thomas, 843-379-0123, athomas@riverviewcharterschool.org

Thomas grew up in Augusta, Ga., and attended public schools throughout her childhood. After earning a bachelor of science in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Thomas worked as an architectural project manager for seven years, developing and managing multi-million dollar portfolios for Fortune 500 corporations across the United States. Starting in 2007, Thomas served as the chair of Riverview's Charter Committee and was elected as the chair of the Board of Directors by the parents, faculty and staff of the school in January 2010. She served in that capacity until January 2011 when she was hired to serve as Riverview's director.

Administrators:

AnnMarie Bowden, curriculum leader, ambowden@riverviewcharterschool.org;

Donna Haram-Deines, instructional leader, dharam@riverviewcharterschool.org

AK Harper, assessment leader, akharper@riverviewcharterschool.org

Natalie Wohlwend, operations manager, nwohlwend@riverviewcharterschool.org

Head of guidance: Patience Gordon, pgordon@riverviewcharterschool.org

Athletic Booster Club contact: Jon Strebe, Athletic Director, jstrebe@riverviewcharterschool.org

RIVER RIDGE ACADEMY

Grades: pre-K through eighth

Address: 3050 River Ridge Road, Bluffton, SC

Phone: 843-836-4600

Website: rra.beaufort.k12.sc.us

School Choice Program: Project Lead the Way, Gateway to Technology, Montessori

Enrollment: 900

Class times: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Principal: Gary McCulloch, 843-836-4600

What a great day it will be to open our doors to our PK-8 students. I am excited about our grade level concept, as I have been a middle school principal for five years, and an elementary principal for three years. It has always been a dream of mine to open a school where we can be consistent with our instructional and character development delivery.

Administrators:

Matt Hall, fifth through eighth, 843-836-4600

Scarlett Mooney, pre-kindergarten through fourth, 843-836-4600

Head of guidance: Jillian Powers

School Improvement Council contact: First year of school

Athletics Booster Club contact: First year of school

ROBERT SMALLS INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

Grades: pre-K through eighth

Address: 43 WK Alston Drive, Beaufort, SC

Phone: 843-322-2500

Website: rsia.beaufort.k12.sc.us/pages/RobertSmallsIA

School Choice Program: Project Based Learning

Enrollment: 762

Class times: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Principal: Nicole Holloman, 843-322-2535

Holloman is a 14-year educational veteran with advanced degrees in school counseling and administration. She is fluent in Spanish and has prior experience with global education, which is a key focus at RSIA.

Administrators:

Greg Hall, assistant principal, 843-322-2545

Jeremiah Young, assistant principal, 843-322-2542

Head of guidance: Marrea Givens, 843-322-2523

Teacher of the year: Donna Martin

Donna Martin is a premier educator at RSIA. She teaches students and focuses on eighth-grade English language arts. She devotes her weekends to professional development and has been vital in improving our literacy achievement at RSIA.

School Improvement Council contact: Michelle Morgan, SIC Chairperson, 843-322-2500

Athletic Booster Club contact: Blake Raley, Athletic Director, 843-322-2530

ROYAL LIVE OAKS ACADEMY OF THE ARTS & SCIENCES

Grades: kindergarten through 10th

Address: 1398 Church Road, Hardeeville, SC

Phone: 843-784-2630

Website: rloacs.org

Class times: 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays

Principal: Karen Wicks, karen.wicks@rloacs.org

Wicks holds a doctorate from New York University in French language/literature and education. She has taught English, French and music in middle school and high school and French at the college level. She was a college administrator at City University of New York, where she directed the development of international cross-cultural programs. She has served as director for curriculum and instructional development at the College Board. Wicks and her husband, Les, co-founded the school.

SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY

Grades: 15 months through eighth

Address: 9 Fox Grape Road, Hilton Head Island, SC

Phone: 843-785-2534

Website: spma.com

Class times: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for half-day students; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for full-day students

Head of school: Melinda Cotter

Cotter returns for her third year as head of school. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and George Mason University.

PTA/PTO contact: Meredith Hinzman, spmaboosterclub@spma.com

School Improvement Council contact: Bob Gossett, bob@saltydog.com

Athletics booster club contact: John Dogger, johndogger@spma.com

ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Grades: pre-kindergarten through eighth

Address: 45 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island, SC

Phone number: 843-681-6501

Website: sfcshhi.com

Class times: 8:25 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Principal: Brian Pope, bpope@sfcshhi.com

Administrator: Sister Kathleen Kane, school registrar and head of guidance

ST. GREGORY THE GREAT CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Grades: pre-kindergarten through sixth

Address: 323 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, SC

Phone: 843-815-9988

Website: sggcs.org

Class times: 7:50 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Principal: Christopher Trott

Trott is entering his third year at the school. He holds a master's degree in education from Marymount University and represents the South Atlantic States and Caribbean on the National Catholic Educational Association Department of Elementary Schools Executive Committee.

Administrator: Elizabeth Kelley, vice principal

PTA/PTO contact: Maggie Cyr, 843-815-9988

WHALE BRANCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Grades: pre-K through fourth

Address: 15 Stuart Point, Seabrook, SC

Phone: 843-466-1000

Website: wbe.beaufort.k12.sc.us

School choice programs: Arts Integrated

Enrollment: 578

Class times: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Principal: Anita Lynn Singleton, anita.singleton@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-466-1000

Singleton is a product of the Beaufort County School District and has been employed with the district for 23 years. This is her fifth year as the principal of Whale Branch Elementary School and James J. Davis Early Childhood Center.

Administrators:

Michelle Sackman, assistant principal, michelle.sackman@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-466-1000

Molly Kingma, assistant principal, molly.kingma@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-466-1000

Head of guidance: Tracey Ruffin, tracey.ruffin@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Teacher of the year: Renette Oliver, third grade

This is Oliver's fifth year at Whale Branch Elementary School. Oliver has served as the GT coordinator and also works closely with the PTO and SIC.

School Improvement Council contact: Amy Turner, SIC chairperson amy.turner@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-466-1000

WHALE BRANCH MIDDLE SCHOOL

Grades: fifth through eighth

Address: 2009 Trask Parkway, Seabrook, SC

Phone: 843-466-3000

Website: wbm.beaufort.k12.sc.us/

School choice programs: Arts Integrated, Gateway to Technology

Enrollment: 400

Class times: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Principal: Chad Cox, 843-466-3000, Chad.Cox@Beaufort.k12.sc.us.

Cox has been with Beaufort County School District for 13 years. He has taught and coached at Battery Creek High School and was an assistant principal at Battery Creek High School, Whale Branch Early College High School and Robert Smalls International Academy. He has been the principal of Whale Branch Middle School since January.

Administrator: Freddie Lawton, assistant principal, 843-466-3000, Freddie.Lawton@Beafort.k12.sc.us

Head of guidance: Laverne Lawton, Laverne.Lawton@Beaufort.k12.sc.us

Teacher of the year: Felicia English

English has taught in the Whale Branch Cluster the majority of her career. She serves as the sixth-grade team leader and social studies department chair for Whale Branch Middle School.

School Improvement Council contact: New chair to be elected soon

Athletics Booster Club contact: New president to be elected soon

WHALE BRANCH EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

Grades: ninth through 12th

Address: 169 Detour Road, Seabrook, SC

Phone: 843-466-2700

Website: wbh.beaufort.k12.sc.us/

School choice programs: Early college

Enrollment: 520

Class times: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Principal: Mona Lise Dickson, 843-466-2700, monalise.dickson@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Mona Lise Dickson is entering her first year as principal of Whale Branch Early College High. She has been the principal of Whale Branch Middle School and Lady's Island Middle School.

Administrator: Thomas Barr, 843-466-2700, thomas.barr@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Head of guidance: Deidre Miller, deidre.miller@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Teacher of the year: Feronica Hamilton, 9th Grade English

School Improvement Council contact: Faith Brown, 843-466-2700

Athletics Booster Club contact: Ms. Salters, 843-466-2700

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