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.
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 daughters.
Amanda is thrilled to be starting her first year at The Cooper School as Director of School Advancement. She just moved to Charleston from Nantucket, MA where she worked at Nantucket New School since 2012. She worked as Director of Development, and prior to that was Assistant to the Head. She has her B.A. from Lehigh University. She loves traveling, going to the beach, spending time with friends and family, and running. She ran the 2011 NYC Marathon. She is excited to immerse herself in the Charleston community!
Erin Biddle enters her fourth year at The Cooper School as the Kindergarten teacher. Erin brings fifteen 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.
Aquavius is starting his first year at The Cooper School as the Kindergarten Assistant Teacher. He is originally from Laurens, South Carolina and received his bachelor’s degree in Business administration from Charleston Southern University. Most recently, he worked for WINGS for kids in the Charleston community. During his free time, Aquavius enjoys going to the beach, watching scary movies and reading books.
Marsha enters her fifth 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 eleven 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 enjoys hula hooping, crafting, relaxing at the beach, and finding treasures at flea markets.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Annie is a recent transplant to Charleston and she has been living out all of her foodie dreams and hitting up every consignment store she can find since she arrived. Prior to working at TCS, Annie did lower school admissions for four years at Stevens Cooperative School, a progressive independent preschool-8th grade school in Hudson County, New Jersey. Additionally, she has experience working in college student affairs as a resident director and director of student activities, as well as teaching and managing a nursery school program. She values the innate sense of curiosity and wonder that young learners bring with them and is thrilled to be in the classroom working with the 1st grade students this year! Annie will also be managing the after school program at TCS and looks forward to getting to know students and families across grades. Annie holds a Bachelors degree in English from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut and a Master’s degree in Education from Pace University in New York City. In her spare time, Annie enjoys reading, traveling, swimming, yoga, cooking, and creating mixed media collages.
Kelly returns for her fourth 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.
Kyndall is delighted to be joining The Cooper School as the 2nd Grade Assistant Teacher in Miss Kelly’s class. She is originally from Macon,Georgia, and has been living in Charleston for 4 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Minor in Theatre Arts from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2010.
Kyndall enjoys reading and writing, and is thrilled to share her love of books with her students. During her spare time, Kyndall can be found spending time with her family and friends, attending local theatre productions, reading, and learning to sew. She is gratified to be a part of the dynamic community of students and faculty at TCS, who value creativity, learning, and service.
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.
Ryan is so excited to be joining The Cooper School faculty this year as the Third Grade Assistant Teacher! He is a Charleston native and College of Charleston graduate. He is a former theatre instructor and children’s theatre director. He is a member of Charleston Stage’s Acting Ensemble and can typically be found onstage when not in the classroom. Ryan is ecstatic to work and learn alongside Subhadra this school year!
Lauren is returning to The Cooper School as the 4th grade teacher. She is originally from Spartanburg, SC and has been living in Charleston for 6 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.
Kara is originally from Washington, DC and received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from American University. This will be her first year at The Cooper School as the Fourth Grade Assistant Teacher and she is thrilled to be working with Miss Lauren. Kara previously worked as a middle school substitute teacher at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in DC. Prior to her role in the classroom, she was an admissions associate at The Field School. Kara has a passion for swimming, dog walking, and following her favorite hockey team, The Washington Capitals. She is delighted to be in Charleston and grew up vacationing at Kiawah Island.
Erica graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a B.S degree in Elementary Education. She has taught in Maine, Florida, and the Philippines before moving to Charleston two years ago. Teaching is her lifelong passion, and she’s very excited to join The Cooper School team! Erica enjoys reading, baking, painting and traveling in her spare time.
This is Brooke’s second year at The Cooper School. This year, she is delighted to work in the office at The Cooper School. Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Brooke received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Auburn University. Brooke has taught for eighteen years in both public and private schools. She loves working in a nurturing and creative classroom environment where children can thrive and express themselves. Brooke enjoys surfing, relaxing at the beach, and designing children’s clothing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you so much to all of you who have so generously donated to the Annual Fund. This year, to my delight, the Silent Auction raised more money than ever before. I wanted to take a moment to let you know exactly where your Silent Auction donation dollars are going…