About

Leadership Team

List of 20 items.

  • Dr. Leonard Kupersmith

    Dr. Leonard Kupersmith is the Head of School of Christ Church Episcopal School (CCES). He has a B.A. in English from Brooklyn College (1968), a doctorate in English from Kansas State University (1979), and over 46 years experience in the field of education as a teacher and an administrator.  He has served independent schools since 1974. Prior to joining CCES in 2006 as Associate Head of School, Dr. Kupersmith served as headmaster of Wichita Collegiate School from 1986-1991 and founding headmaster of Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, where he served for 13 years. He embarks on his twenty-eighth year as a school head this year. He is an avid runner and also enjoys music, reading, and films. Dr. Kupersmith serves on the boards of the Children’s Museum, Artisphere and YMCA-Metro. He and his wife, Nancy, have seven grown children between them and reside in Greenville. 
  • Wallace Adams-Riley

    Wallace Adams-Riley was appointed Senior Chaplain at CCES in 2018.  He has experience as a parish priest, a lay chaplain, and a member of an upper school faculty.  A South Carolina native, Wallace grew up in Columbia and graduated from Hammond School.  He earned a degree in English from Sewanee, proceeded to study at St. John’s College in Oxford and later completed divinity training at Virginia Theological Seminary, in 2001.  Wallace provides pastoral care to the entire CCES community.  A dual priest family, Wallace met his wife Gena at seminary.  They have two sons, Fin and Nelson, both current students at CCES.
  • Dr. Angela Allen

    Dr. Angela Allen joined the CCES Community in 2019 as the Assistant Head for Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Allen’s resume includes an impressive stint in Richmond Virginia as a teacher, an assistant principal and then a principal in elementary education. Dr. Allen has also served as the Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Diocese of Richmond. Angela holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Masters in Teaching from the University of Richmond, and a Doctorate in Education from the College of William and Mary.
  • Amanda Beckrich

    Upper School Assistant Director and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Coordinator Amanda Beckrich arrived at CCES in 2011 after ten years at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA. She holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from Williams College in Massachusetts and a M.S. in Marine Environmental Science from Stony Brook University in New York. She began her educational career teaching environmental science and chemistry, coaching soccer and softball, and coordinating environmental sustainability efforts. In addition to her duties as Upper School Assistant Director and IB Coordinator at CCES, Amanda also teaches environmental science. She and her husband Brian have one daughter, Isabel, a current CCES student.
  • Sarah Bell

    Sarah Bell, Director of Afternoon and Summer Encounters and otherwise known as the Director of Fun, joined CCES in 2010. Prior to this she served as the Regional Marketing Director of Sylvan Learning Center as well as Center Director for this national learning center with a focus on Tutoring, STEM, and College Prep. She earned her BS in Biology and BA in History from Eastern Washington Univeristy. Sarah is an avid reader and a lover of both sports and cats. She is married to Hugo and has two children, Mia and Aiden, who attend CCES and two step-children Jonah and Nzuhri.
  • Jamie Bryant

    Jamie Bryant, Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications, came to CCES in 2014. Previously, she provided a broad range of marketing and communication services to private golf and resort clubs across the Carolinas. She is a native of Rochester, NY and earned her degree in International Business from Clemson University in 2002. She is married to Garry and they have two children Alex and Francesca, both current students at CCES.
  • Wes Clarke

    Upper School Director, Wes Clarke arrived at CCES in 2007 after seven years at Holy Innocents' School in Atlanta, GA where he taught Mathematics, Spanish and also coached a variety of high school sports. Wes served initially as Dean of Students at CCES and as Assistant Director and Director of Studies from 2013-2017. He holds undergraduate degrees from the University of North Carolina in Mathematical Sciences and Spanish and a masters’ in Education Leadership. He and his wife Christy have two young sons, Holden and Bennett, both students at CCES.
  • Kate Fagan

    Kate Fagan serves as the Middle School Director. Prior to her Middle School role, Kate spent a year as the Director of the Achievement Center. Kate holds two degrees from Indiana University, a BS in elementary education and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership; and has taught at the elementary level and served as both an assistant principal and principal. She is an avid supporter and advocate for the differentiated needs of all students, and has amassed accolades at every stage of her academic career. She and her husband Andy have two children, Julia and Jack, both current students at CCES.
  • Robin Garner

    Dr. Robin Garner came to us in 2017 as our Upper School vocal music director from Charleston and Ashley Hall.  One year later, Robin assumed the position of Director of the Arts.  She holds a Doctor of Education from Columbia University, a Master of Arts in Ritual Chant and Song from the University of Limerick, Ireland, a Master of Music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and a Bachelor of Music from Mars Hill University.  In her free time, she enjoys yoga and traveling to Ireland.
     
  • Melanie Gordon

    Melanie Gordon joined CCES in 2018 as the Upper School Christian Education teacher. At the start of 2019-20 school year, Melanie took a leadership role as as the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator. Melanie’s time is split between classroom instruction and leadership efforts. Prior to her role with CCES, Melanie worked for the global United Methodist Church for ten years. Melanie has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Clemson University as well as a Master’s degree from Duke University in Church Ministry.
  • Melissa Hughes

    A 1997 Furman University graduate, Melissa Hughes began her teaching career in technology. She came to CCES in 2000 where she developed the technology curriculum for grades 5-8. In her role as Director of Instructional Technology, she has been instrumental in the implementation of the iPad program in the Middle School. Melissa is married to Ross and they have two children: Hampton and Holden, both current students at CCES.
  • Jamie Inman

    Jamie Inman joined CCES in the spring of 2018 as the Assistant Head for Advancement, a position which consolidates leadership of all external affairs except the Office of Admission.  Jamie brings with her over twenty years of experience in a multitude of development efforts. Prior to joining CCES, Jamie served the Greenville Metro YMCA for seventeen years in leadership roles, principally in development and most recently as Chief Mission Advancement Officer.  Jamie and her husband Sam reside in Greenville and have two children.
  • Elizabeth Jarrett

    A 1982 CCES graduate, Elizabeth Jarrett earned her elementary education degree from USC.  Following her first teaching stint in Kingstree, SC, she returned to CCES in 1999 as a 2nd grade teacher.  Six years later, Elizabeth took on the role of Director of Service Learning serving all three divisions.  2014 marked her first year as Director of Service and Experiential Learning.  Elizabeth has three children who are all CCES alumni, Blakely, Sterling, and Elliott in the classes of 2008, 2010, and 2013 respectively.  
  • David Johnstone

    David Johnstone became the Lower School Director with the 2017-18 school year. He has served as a school principal for the past nineteen years. He began his principalships at Fork Shoals Elementary School, where he served from 1997-2005, and moved subsequently into his most recent position as principal of Sterling School-Charles Townes Center, a community of 850 students in K-4 through 8th grade. David developed the Charles Townes Center, an innovative, accelerated program for 450 gifted students in 3rd grade through 8th grade. Collaterally, he instituted the Sterling Program, a project/inquiry based instructional program of choice for 420 students from the Nicholtown community and Greenville County. David took his undergraduate education at the College of Charleston and completed a Master’s of Education in Administration and Supervision at Clemson University. David is married to Mary Beth and they have two children, Cary and Mason.
  • Leigh Johnstone

    Leigh Johnstone assumed the position of Director of Admission in 2017 after 20 years of classroom instruction at the elementary level, fourteen of which were spent in the Lower School. Leigh’s experience as a teacher and parent of two graduates lends huge credibility to her advocacy of CCES. She holds an undergraduate degree from Presbyterian College, a Master’s from Georgia State University, and an Ed. Specialist from Converse College in Administration and Supervision.
  • Leon Katsaros

    Leon Katsaros joined the faculty at CCES in 2005, serving in a variety of roles including Technology Support Specialist and Network Administrator, prior to becoming the Director of IT and Networking in 2016. Leon leads and implements IT initiatives that support all students, faculty and staff. He has a Computer Engineering Degree from Clemson University and a minor in Mathematics. Leon and his wife Amanda have two children, Thomas and Alexia, CCES Class of 2030.
  • Molly Miller

    Molly Miller, Director of Athletics, came to CCES in 2011 as the girls varsity lacrosse coach and began her full time career here in 2013 teaching 6th grade math. In 2015, she transitioned to Upper School Dean of Students. She has been an educator since 1999. Molly earned South Carolina Coach of the Year in 2009, 2012, and 2013. Molly is a native of Canandaigua, New York, and earned her B.S. in Education from Plymouth State College in New Hampshire. Molly and her husband Butch have two children, both students at CCES.
  • Hamilton Parks

    Hamilton Parks, Assistant Director of the Middle School arrived at CCES in 2019 after fourteen years in The Greenville County School system. Hamilton served as a teacher, math coach, instructional coach, and administrator. Hamilton has also served as Vice President of the South Carolina Conference of Teachers of Mathematics, and has been nominated for Teacher of the Year on two different occasions. Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Clemson University, a Masters of Education from Southern Wesleyan University, and a second Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from Southern Wesleyan University.
  • Doug Qualls

    Doug Qualls is the Assistant Head for Finance and Operations. Prior to this role, Doug served as the CFO of Christ Church Episcopal School for 9 years. He earned a degree in Economics from University of Georgia, Athens and an MBA in Finance and Management from Rockhurst University. Prior to joining CCES, Doug served as CFO for three other companies both in Upstate SC and in Georgia. Doug enjoys traveling and snow skiing. He and his wife, Donna, also on faculty at CCES, have two children, both CCES graduates. 
  • Valerie Riddle

    Valerie Riddle, Lower School Chaplain and Assistant Director, has served at Christ Church Episcopal School for 16 years. She is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family counselor. Valerie has served in multiple teaching and therapy roles both in the Episcopal Church and in a community setting. She has also been a small business owner and worked as a photographer. Valerie is married to Paul, a founding member of the Marshall Tucker Band. In her free time she enjoys yoga, reading, music, movies, and her two cats, Mango and Sister.
Christ Church Episcopal School (“CCES”) admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileged, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at CCES. CCES does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, scholarship or other programs, or athletic or other school-administered programs and activities.