Leadership Team

 

Dr. Leonard Kupersmith is the Headmaster 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 Headmaster, 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 Childrenís Museum, Artisphere and YMCA-Metro. He and his wife, Nancy, have seven grown children between them and reside in Greenville. 

 

Director of Infrastructure Technology, Juliane Acuff, came to CCES in 1988. She began her career in education in Macon, GA teaching Math after receiving her degree in Management from Georgia Tech. She has taught Middle and Upper School Math and continues to teach 8th Grade Geometry. Wearing numerous hats over the years serving as MS Assistant Director, and the school's first Director of Technology. With the expansion of Technology on campus, Juliane now oversees Infrastructure Technology and special projects. Juliane also holds an MBA from Clemson University. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and restoring and building furniture.

 

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.

 

Tommy Bobo serves as Director of Athletics. Coach Bobo began his career at an independent school in Orangeburg prior to 1983.  Since then, he has been a head varsity coach for football, basketball, and baseball teams in Upstate high schools. While serving as head varsity football coach at Wren, Coach Bobo was recognized as 2003 Region 1-AAA Athletic Director of the Year. At Union High School in 2005, he was recognized as Region 2-AAA football coach of the year as well as the Spartanburg Herald Coach of the Year. At Dorman, Coach Bobo was the Assistant Athletic Director from 2011-13 and served as Athletic Director at Wren High School from 2000-2004.

 

Jamie Bryant, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, came to CCES in 2014.  Previously, she provided a broad range of marketing and communication services to private golf and resort clubs.  She earned her degree in International Business from Clemson University.  Jamie also serves as the JV Girls' Lacrosse Coach at CCES.  She is married to Garry and they have two children Alex and Francesca, both current students at CCES.

 

Betsy Burton serves as Middle School Assistant Director and Lay Chaplain.  She is a lifelong Episcopalian, who brings with her an understanding and appreciation of Episcopal traditions and services. She worked previously at Aiken Prep School as Middle School Director, Director of Boarding, and as a teacher and coach. She has also served as Assistant Director of Flintlock Camps. Betsy and her husband Rick have two children, Sutton and Sadie, in the CCES class of 2016 and 2017 respectively. She enjoys reading, antiquing, camping, and hiking. 

 

Upper School Assistant Director and Director of Studies Wes Clarke arrived at CCES in 2007 after seven years at Holy Innocents' School in Atlanta, GA. He holds undergraduate degrees in Mathematical Sciences and Spanish and a mastersí in Education Leadership. He began his educational career teaching mathematics and Spanish at Holy Innocents' and also coached a variety of high school sports. In addition to his duties as Upper School Assistant Director at CCES, Wes also teaches mathematics and serves as a Senior Thesis and Sophomore Project mentor. He and his wife Christy have two young sons, Holden and Bennett.

 

James Greco has been working for independent schools since 2005. He currently serves as the Middle School Dean of Students, a newly created position where he will be responsible for managing student behavioral expectations.  He has taught a plethora of courses including World History, American Government, Economics, Geography, and Bible to name a few.  He has also coached a variety of Middle School, JV and Varsity sports.  He and his wife Lauren have four children, Andrew, Kate (both current students at CCES), Sophie, and Charlotte.

 

Dr. Bruce Halverson, Director of the Arts, is a prominent figure in the world of arts administration in academic institutions. After retiring from the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) as its President, where he lead the country's only state supported totally residential high school providing pre-professional training for young artists, he joined our leadership team in 2015 to oversee the care and use of the Performing Arts Center. Prior to his position at the SCGSAH, he served as the Dean of the School of Theatre at Florida State University and Chair of the Theatre Departments at the University of Illinois, Ithaca College, and several other universities. Halverson earned a Ph.D. in theatre history from the University of Washington (Seattle) and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors at Augustana College (SD). He and his wife Nancy have three sons, the youngest of whom, Cole, is a freshman at CCES.

 

Nick Hinrichsen joined the faculty at CCES in 2012, bringing more than 16 years of middle and upper school educational experience. Prior to his current position as Director of the Middle School, Nick held the titles of Head of Upper School, Middle School Principal, and Upper School Assistant Principal in addition to teaching science at The Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach, FL. He has a B.S. in General Science Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University, a M.Ed in Education from Widener University, and an Ed.S in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Nick and his wife, Kathy have seven children, six of whom are twins.

 

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.

 

The Kahu (Reverend) David Jackson, Senior Chaplain at CCES, arrived on campus in July of 2015 after spending 5 years at Seabury Hall in Maui.  He also worked as a Priest Associate at St. Johnís Church in Maui. Reverend Jackson serves the school community through pastoral care, performance of the liturgy, teaching, and institutional leadership. He brings considerable breadth as a servant of the Church, and serves on a committee that will select the new Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States. Reverend Jackson radiates warmth, honesty, humility, wit, intelligence, and empathy to all who meet him. He resides in Greenville with his wife Muriel.


 

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.  

 

A 1993 CCES graduate, Kathy Jones began her career teaching French and Spanish after graduating from Clemson University. She taught first at The Episcopal School of Knoxville and then at Palmetto Prep before becoming Assistant Director. She joined the staff at CCES first as Director of Summer and Afternoon Encounters, then Director of Student Recruitment, and now serves as Director of Admission. Kathy is a second generation graduate of Christ Church Episcopal School. She and her husband Kevin have one son, Will, CCES class of 2022, who is the first third-generation child to enroll at CCES.

 

Denise Pearsall, Lower School Director, came to CCES in 1988. She taught fourth, fifth, and sixth grade before serving as the Director of Admission and then the Lower School Assistant Director before becoming director in 1998. Denise holds a mastersí degree in Reading Education. Her recreational activities include reading and gardening and she is an avid scuba diver.


 

Doug Qualls became CFO of Christ Church Episcopal School in 2009. 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, 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.

 

After serving as a teacher, coach, and administrator at independent schools in the northeast and the southeast, Pete Sanders joined CCES as Upper School Director in 2007. He holds a B.A. in history from St. Lawrence University, an M.A. in history from Queen's University, Canada, and an M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia. A son of a college professor, he grew up in Claremont, California where he graduated from the Webb School.  In addition to his duties as the director, Pete teaches a history class, and mentors sophomore project and senior thesis students.  He and his wife Tracey have one daughter, Hope, a member of the CCES class of 2014.

 

Dr. Mary Ann Scott is the Achievement Center Director at CCES. Prior to joining CCES in 2015, Dr. Scott served as the Director of Student Support Services and the Learning Project, as well as a school psychologist, at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis. A native of Connecticut, Dr. Scott completed her undergraduate education at California State University, Fresno, and concluded Masters and Doctoral programs at the University of Texas at Austin. She worked as a K-12 school psychologist in Anderson (IN) Community Schools from 1998-2004 prior to her arrival at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis in 2004. Her passion is helping students along the path to becoming successful learners, scholars, and citizens of good character. Dr. Scott resides in Greenville with her husband Pete.

 

A Greenville native, Bibby Sierra assumed the role of Director of Development at Christ Church Episcopal School in 2010 after four years in the Admission Office. Before her time at the school, Bibby worked in events and medical sales. She attended CCES from Primer through graduation in 1983 where she served as Student Body President. She is married to Mike, also a CCES alum, and they have two children currently attending CCES.