A Charleston native, Franci Bell graduated from Cornell University in 1998 with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies. She moved to Knoxville, TN to attend graduate school at the University of Tennessee in Child Development. Two years later she began law school, and graduated with a JD from the University of South Carolina in 2004. She joined The Cooper School Community in 2008. Franci taught grades 1-5 at The Cooper School, and spent many years in administration, before becoming Head of School in 2016.
Lauren “Lou” Cherry graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. She grew up in Raleigh, NC and moved to Mt. Pleasant, SC five years ago with her sister. Lou enjoys attending local festivals, running the Ravenel Bridge, and reading on Sullivan’s Island. Lou taught Kindergarten at The Cooper School for several years before moving into our administrative office. This will be Lou’s second year as the Parent and Community Liaison at The Cooper School.
Erin Biddle enters her third year at The Cooper School as the Kindergarten teacher. Erin brings fourteen years of classroom experience in Connecticut, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Erin received her BA in Education at Mercyhurst University. She is a certified early childhood and elementary educator. Erin believes her mission is to instill the love of learning. She is thrilled to be a member of The Cooper School team! Erin enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris and daughter, Abigail exploring Charleston and going to the beach.
Elliott begins her first year at The Cooper School as the First Grade Teacher, but is in her 13th year of teaching. Elliott has spent many years developing curriculum and interesting units of study for early elementary students. Born and raised in Charleston, she received a Masters in the Art of Teaching from the University of South Carolina. Outside of teaching, Elliott enjoys reading, cooking, boating, and spending time with her husband (Clint), and daughter (Ellory).
Marsha enters her fourth year at The Cooper School. Raised in Charleston, Marsha received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from The College of Charleston. Marsha has taught for ten years in both the public and private schools. She delights in fostering a warm classroom environment where children can thrive and express themselves comfortably. Marsha’s daughter, Olive, is a Fourth grade student at The Cooper School. Marsha enjoys hula hooping, crafting, relaxing at the beach, and finding treasures at flea markets.
Davis is starting his first year at The Cooper School as the 2nd grade teacher. He is originally from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and has lived here for most of his life. He received a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Appalachian State University. He received his SC teaching certificate through the PACE program. He was previously a Learning Support teacher and Mindfulness coach at the American School of Bangkok in Thailand for 3 years. He believes that the social and emotional wellbeing learned through mindfulness is the key to success in school and life. He also taught Spanish in Berkeley County for several years. In his free time he enjoys live music, traveling, kayaking, SCUBA diving, spending time with his wife, and photography.
Subhadra has been working at The Cooper School since 2009. She is originally from Florida and received her Bachelors degree in Early Education and Special Education followed by her Masters in Early Childhood Education from the University of Florida. Subhadra has taught Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third Grades at TCS.
Amanda is beginning her first year at The Cooper School as the Office Manager and After-School Coordinator. She is originally from New Braunfels, Texas and recently moved to Charleston this last year. She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University in 2012 and is currently working on her M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Reading. Amanda spent three years teaching Third Grade in Texas before moving to South Carolina and has enjoyed tutoring students of all elementary grade levels in Reading over the last year. She has completely fallen in love with the Charleston area and is so excited to be joining The Cooper School family! During her spare time, Amanda enjoys reading, exploring the city, and spending time at the beach with her husband and dog, Phoebe.
Anne Wil Wingfield has been with The Cooper School since 2009. She taught Kindergarten, First, Second and Fourth Grades prior to moving into her current role as the Director of Admissions and Communications. Originally a native of Virginia, Anne Wil received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from The University of the South in Sewanee, TN and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Piedmont College in Athens, GA. When not at The Cooper School, Anne Wil enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two young daughters.
Lauren is returning to The Cooper School as the 5th grade teacher. She is originally from Spartanburg, SC and has been living in Charleston for 5 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2012 and her M.A.T. in Elementary Education from College of Charleston. Lauren enjoys integrating the arts into all subjects as well as meaningful fun learning experiences for students. She is so excited to be back at The Cooper School this year full-time! During her spare time, Lauren enjoys cooking, going to the beach and walking her dog, Brie.
Kelly returns for her third year at The Cooper School! Kelly was raised in the greater Chicago area. On her first visit to Charleston, she fell in love with the city and decided to attend The College of Charleston. Kelly received her Bachelor or Science in Elementary Education from The College of Charleston. She also has a Masters in Education from The Citadel. Kelly is a Nationally Board Certified Educator. During her free time, Kelly enjoys playing board games and taking long walks with her husband and three young children.
Hazel Ketchum is The Cooper School’s Music Director. She is the co-owner of Hungry Monk Music, and holds degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Southern California. Hazel has taught music in SC public and private schools, at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, and has been Artist-in-Residence at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Center in Ohio, among many other teaching posts. Hazel is a certified Music For Young Children teacher. Hazel is an active performer as a soloist and with her group The Hungry Monks.
Tom Noren, Cooper School’s Music Instructor, was born in Rio de Janeiro where he began his guitar studies at age 12. He moved to Boston in 1988 and attended the New England Conservatory of Music, earning a Masters degree in classical guitar performance in 1994. Tom studied with David Leisner while he was at NEC. Since graduating he has performed and recorded extensively with the New World Guitar Trio and with HourGlass. His recordings can be bought at cdbaby.com.Tom has taught at the Longy School of Music, Tufts University and at Gordon College. Tom is currently the director of the Tom Noren Guitar Program and partner in PLAYtek STEAM educational program. He also performs as a soloist and with Porto Seguro, a Brazilian music ensemble, in a variety of venues and settings.
Sophie Strickland was born and raised in France, where she received a BA in English studies in Lyon. She immigrated to the United States as an Au Pair in 1991. After living in New York for 13 years, she moved to Charleston with her family and began teaching French to young children at the Big Blue School and at Belle Hall Elementary School in Mount Pleasant. She believes that learning a second language increases creativity and cognitive development.
Tania Schettini was born and raised in Colombia, South America, where she completed her undergraduate degree in Social Communication and Journalism. Her media career began in radio as a journalist. Later, Tania successfully performed as a television actress. Soon, Radio-Television Espanola invited Tania to travel to Spain in in order to broaden her media knowledge and experience. After living in Spain and traveling throughout Europe, Tania was determined to strengthen her ability to communicate in the English language and enhance her career, so she moved to the United States. Tania attended Wake Forest University, earning a Spanish K-12 teaching License. Tania has extensive experience as a Spanish Teacher in both North and South Carolina. After raising her three children as bilingual in English and Spanish, she decided to share her passion for the Spanish language and culture by establishing Lowcountry Language Academy in Mt. Pleasant. Tania now enthusiastically looks forward to exploring and sharing the fascinating world of Spanish culture and language with the Cooper School Community.
Kerry Bevers is the Art teacher at the Cooper School. She is delighted to have the opportunity to share her passion for art and her years of professional painting experience with all of the students at the Cooper School. She studied at Savannah College of Art & Design, Brock University in Ontario, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from the College of Charleston.
Originally from New Jersey, Stacy made her way to beautiful Charleston, SC. Stacy received her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification from Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, and a 500 hour yoga teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center in North Carolina. She resides with her sweet husband, infant daughter and silly pup in Riverland Terrace on James Island. She enjoys cooking, reading, writing, the beach, the mountains, music, movies, travel and time with family and friends.
Atam is originally from Evansville, IN but lived in Memphis, TN prior to moving to Charleston. This will be his 2nd year at TCS as the Kindergarten Assistant Teacher. He previously worked as an assistant in a Junior Kindergarten class at Immaculate Conception Catholic School. Outside of the classroom Atam has a passion for teaching as a summer camp administrator, theater teacher and private swim coach. Atam is so happy to be in Charleston working with Miss Erin.
Marsha believes that teaching truly is her passion. She has worked with a wide variety of children from the age of 3 up to 3rd grade. Her undergraduate and graduate degree are in Special Education from UGA. Marsha enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband, 2 married children, and a sweet, spoiled rotten golden doodle. She also enjoys music, dancing, traveling, walking, and reading. Marsha will be spending the majority of her time in Grades 2 and 3.