Head of School
Ms. Shoemaker earned her M.S. from Indiana University in Secondary Education and also holds certification in English education, gifted/talented education, and ESL instruction. She spent thirty years in international education on four continents building an extensive teaching and professional leadership and administrative background. She possesses a broad understanding of North American and international education systems. Ms. Shoemaker serves as Head of School.
Assistant Head of School
Mr. Costakis holds a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Purdue University. Mr. Costakis is originally from the Chicago area and moved to Hilton Head in May of 2004 after vacationing to the island for over a decade. This is his eighth year in administration at Heritage Academy. In addition to serving as the Assistant Head of School, Mr. Costakis teaches science and social studies for grades 5-6. His passions include reading, exercising, singing, and playing the guitar.
Director of Admissions
Ms. Sprouse graduated from Mars Hill College located near Asheville, North Carolina, with B.S. in Business Administration. After volunteering for a year in the admissions department, she worked as the Administrative Assistant until September, 2006 when she became the Director of Admissions.
Ms. Giovannitti comes to Heritage from New Jersey where she served as confidential aide to a New Jersey legislator performing varied duties. She brings many skills and breadth of knowledge to her position as administrative assistant.
Receptionist/ Clerical Assistant
Mrs. Zawacki holds a B.A. degree in elementary education from Kean University. Before moving to Hilton Head, Terry was the administrative assistant and attendance officer for eight years at Kawameeh Middle School in Union, New Jersey. She has served as receptionist at Heritage since 2002.
Art and Science
Mrs. Bass is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Secondary Education. Diane was ‘Teacher of the Year’ at Heritage Academy for the 2006-2007 school year and was honored by the Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce. Diane teaches art and science at Heritage Academy and also teaches for the Hilton Head Art League and has had two one-person art shows and won a 1st Place award in the 2007 HHAL National Art Exhibition.
Mrs. Bradley earned a B.A. in Education/French from Waynesburg College and has taken graduate courses in English and Psychology from Loyola University and the University of South Carolina. Mrs. Bradley is a certified teacher with extensive classroom experience in Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and South Carolina. She is the recipient of the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club Master Teacher Award in 1989, 1993, 2002 and 2003. She has taught middle school and high school English at Heritage Academy since February 2000.
Sarah A. Hobson
Social Studies and English
Ms. Hobson holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and a M.Ed. from Boston University and is a certified teacher. She has taught at Florida State University, and in public and private schools in New England and the South. Ms. Hobson is a published author in the field of adult literacy and has also written professional training manuals.
Mrs. Pautler has a BA in Art Education with a minor in Art History from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She taught in the Carbondale School District for 14 years before moving to Hilton Head and teaching in the Elementary School here for 16 years. For 5 years she taught at S. Francis where she was chosen as the Teacher of the Year. Many of her students have gone on to attend The Governor’s School for the Arts here in South Carolina as well as several art schools through the years. She started at Heritage Academy, Fall 2010.
Mrs. Seyalioglu earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Drew University and her M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design. Prior to moving to Hilton Head, Mrs. S. and her family lived thirteen years in Istanbul, Turkey, where Kathy worked as a professional equestrian trainer at a large riding club.
Mrs. Sklarin is a graduate of Georgia State University with a B.S. in Mathematics Education and started her career at Columbia High School in DeKalb County, Georgia. After a few years, she followed her other passion, swimming, and became a year round swim coach at Dynamo Swim Center. She later returned to teaching at St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia, where she taught fifth grade math before beginning at Heritage Academy.
Ms. Tuchscherer earned her Masters Degree in Education and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin after completing her undergraduate degrees at Georgetown University and Lawrence University. She has spent many past summers traveling abroad with her Spanish students, working with Peach Corps volunteers in Central American rainforests, diving off coral reefs to help research ecosystems and zip lining through the jungle canopy for amazing experiences.
Her family has sponsored and hosted many exchange students over the past years and continues to be involved in exchange programs here on Hilton Head Island. In the summer of 2013, Mr. Tuchscherer was selected as a summer Scholar by the National endowment for the Humanities to study Linguistics. The special workshop was called “Gullah Voices.”
Ms. Tuchscherer is a tennis coach and USTA/ITA tennis official. In 2008 she was inducted into the Wisconsin High Schools’ Tennis Hall of Fame.
Mrs. Wynne has a BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and a Generic Secondary Special Education teaching certificate from the University of Texas in Austin. She received her Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of North Texas. Mrs. Wynne lived in Dallas, Texas with her family prior to moving to Hilton Head. Melanie taught in the Dallas area suburbs of Richardson and Plano, Texas where she was head of an Inclusionary program at Richardson JH and Team Leader of the Special Education Department at Hendrick Middle School respectively. Mrs. Wynne joined the faculty at Heritage Academy as the Learning Center teacher in January 2013.
Mr. Zawacki graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in History and from Syracuse University with a M.S. in Physical Education. He was the Heritage Academy Teacher of the Year in 2004-2005 and the SCISA Teacher of the Year in 2006-2007. He began teaching Government/Economics, U.S. History and World History at Heritage Academy in 2002.
Middle School Teacher
Jenny Zmarzly holds a B.S. Ed. from Ohio University and a Masters in Curriculum Instruction and Design from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She worked with the Elementary Science Integration Project (ESIP), a teacher research project for curriculum integration. She has presented at National Science Teacher Conventions and local conventions and has led teacher in-service workshops. Jenny was a classroom teacher for many years with Baltimore City Public Schools. She was also an academic tutor, adjunct instructor, and teacher supervisor with Carroll County Community College and UMBC. In addition to teaching at Heritage, Jenny is active in the local theater community. She has been on stage at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, South Carolina Repertory Company, and Main Street Youth Theater. She sings with a local jazz group as well. Jenny is the proud mother of four beautiful teenagers.