Meet the new staff!

We are so pleased to welcome the following new members to our staff this year!

Elementary Administrative Assistant JoAnn Anderson
JoAnn Anderson has been an elementary educator for almost a decade; over three years in the Bluffton area after moving here from New Jersey. She received her Masters of Teaching from The College of William & Mary. It was there that she discovered the Montessori method when her advisor enlisted his graduate students to help open the first Montessori School in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Prior to her career in education, JoAnn earned her undergraduate degree in Marketing from Fairfield University. She worked as a marketing manager for art and fashion firms in the New York Area.

JoAnn, her husband, and two boys have enjoyed living in and exploring the low country with all it has to offer.

Oak Room Teacher Michele Quigley
The oldest of three children, I was born and raised in Hilton Head, South Carolina where my mother has been a Montessori teacher for over 30 years. Early on, under her tutelage, I experienced the deep satisfaction that comes with helping another person learn. After completing my undergraduate studies (B.A. in Spanish/Pre-Med) at the University of South Carolina, I began work on my Masters of Teaching in Elementary Education. Upon completion, I accepted a position at Hilton Head Island IB Elementary school, where I have taught the past six years. During my time at Hilton Head Island IB Elementary I continued my post-graduate studies to obtain my Gifted and Talented Endorsement. Other notable experiences include co-piloting a technology integration program, receiving a grant from the Foundation of Excellence in Education, and becoming a certified Mast Naturalist. Furthermore, I was honored to represent the school as the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year and also to receive the Sue West Educator of the Year Award in 2015. 

I believe learning occurs best in a supportive and positive community environment. In our classroom we will collaborate, take learning risks, foster passion, show respect, reflect on and grow from our mistakes and celebrate learning of all shapes and sizes. I maintain high, achievable expectations for all learners, including myself. I believe that lifelong learning is essential and I continue to learn from my students on a daily basis. I value the support system our community offers and am looking forward to utilizing it to ensure our students have every opportunity to pursue their learning and be successful. I am privileged to be a part of a profession that is much bigger than a classroom. I am part of a community that nurtures future generations and that... is a beautiful responsibility.