Leadership Team

List of 20 items.

  • David Padilla

    David Padilla became the ninth Head of School for Christ Church Episcopal School in the summer of 2020. David came to CCES from the Baylor School, where he served as Head of the Upper School for seven years. David began his career in education as a teaching fellow at Phillips-Exeter Academy and served on the English Faculty at St. Alban’s School in Washington, DC. David spent one year on the McCallie School faculty before joining the Baylor English department in 2001, serving as English Department Chair from 2008-2010, and subsequently Dean of Students from 2010-2014. In his early years at Baylor, David ventured back to Exeter over several summers teaching English and writing courses. David has a B.A. in English from Sewanee: The University of the South (1995), an M.A. in English from the University of Virginia (2000) and an Ed.m in Private School Leadership from the Klingenstein Center, at Columbia University, in New York City (2013). David and his wife Karen have two daughters Haley and Kate.
  • Lane Abrams

    Achievement Center Director, Lane Abrams came to CCES in 2004. Lane has had several roles at CCES as a learning specialist, AP coordinator, and Dean of Students in the Upper School. Lane graduated from Erskine College with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Special Education and earned a Master’s of Education with an emphasis in Community and Elementary School Counseling from Clemson University. Additionally, she has completed coursework through Purdue University’s Gifted Education Resource Institute. Lane and her husband Todd have two Cavaliers, Hollis and Jacob.
  • 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 serves as the Associate Head of School and has been with CCES since 2019. She has held several roles during her short time here at CCES from the Director of the Achievement Center to the coordinator of the CCES strategic planning efforts to Assistant Head for Curriculum and Instruction and the Assistant Head for Academics. Dr. Allen’s resume includes an impressive stint in Richmond, Virginia as a teacher, an instructional coach, an assistant principal and a principal. 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. She and her husband Scott have one daughter, Emory, a current CCES student.
  • Amanda Beckrich

    Assistant Head of Upper School 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 Assistant Head of Upper School and IB Coordinator at CCES, Amanda also teaches environmental science. She and her husband Brian have one daughter, Isabel, a current CCES student.
  • 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

    Head of Upper School, 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.
  • Joe Cummings

    Director of Auxiliary Programs, Joe Cummings arrived at CCES in 2016 as the Varsity Boys Lacrosse coach. Soon after, he moved into an admission role, and at the start of the summer of 2020, Joe became the Director of Auxiliary Programs. He oversees our popular Summer Encounters program, after-school activities, and continues to coach Varsity Boys Lacrosse. Joe played collegiate Lacrosse for the University Maryland and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies. Joe also played Major League Lacrosse for three years. He and his wife Sarah have three young daughters, Virginia, Evelyn, and Beverly.
  • Kate Fagan

    Kate Fagan serves as the Head of Middle School. 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.
  • Melissa Hughes

    With a master's degree from Furman University, 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 and maintenance of the one to one Chromebook program and digital learning via Schoology, our learning management system. 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, coordinating all aspects of philanthropy and marketing. Jamie brings over twenty years of experience in philanthropy, team building, marketing, strategic planning, and community partnerships. Prior to joining CCES, Jamie served the YMCA of Greenville for 22 years most recently as Chief Mission Advancement Officer where she led multiple capital campaigns ranging from $1.5M - $8.8M, led annual giving initiatives ranging from $300K - $1.2M, co-launched local Y community programs including TOGETHERHOOD volunteers as well the Global Center of Excellence and Diversity, and coordinated marketing efforts with eight  Y branches. Jamie and her husband Sam reside in Greenville and have two adult 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 Head of Lower School at the start of 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, fifteen 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.
  • Stephanie Morgan

    Since her arrival in 2014, Stephanie Morgan has served our students and families as a substitute teacher, third grade teacher, and now serves as the Assistant Head of Lower School. Stephanie graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and earned a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Georgia College and State University. Stephanie’s career has provided her the opportunity to share her talents both in and out of the classroom. In addition to her work as a classroom teacher, she has served as an instructional coach, a founding partner of an organization to support first year teachers, a contributing writer for several publications, a resident artist, and an accomplished author. Stephanie and her husband, Rob, are the parents of two current Cavaliers, Laura (‘25) and Molly (‘23).
  • Hamilton Parks

    Hamilton Parks, Assistant Head of 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, joined the CCES community in 1997. 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 cat Starbuck.
Christ Church Episcopal School (“CCES”) admits students of any sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, or sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, 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, scholarship and loan programs, financial aid or other programs, or athletic or other school-administered programs and activities.