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"Simple words cannot express the amazing work that you can do at Chatham Academy. You turn the impossible to possible, the difficult to so much easier, and the unimaginable to the doable."

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Ron Wilson

Executive Director

  

Ron Wilson

Executive Director

Ron Wilson has more than a quarter century experience as an independent school administrator working with students who have learning differences. He was Assistant Headmaster at the Harvey School, Headmaster at the Kildonan School, and Associate Headmaster at the Maplebrook School. Ron is involved in a variety of special education organizations. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Branch of the International Dyslexia Association for eighteen years. He is also a member of the International Association of Special Education, the International Dyslexia Association, and the Learning Disabilities Association. Ron has spoken nationally and internationally about Postsecondary Possibilities (Vocational/Collegiate) for students with learning disabilities.
 

Ron and his wife of 33 years, Bonnie, have two sons in college and recently re-located to Savannah. Both had been active in local clubs, events and churches in their community for many years. Ron has spent summers relaxing by volunteering to coach teen baseball teams. He has helped hundreds of teenagers to prepare for college or attain credentials/certifications in a vocational track. We look forward to his expertise and guidance continuing to enhance the fine reputation that the Royce Learning Center enjoys in the local community.

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Carolyn Hannaford

Associate Director of Royce Learning Center / Principal of Chatham Academy

  

Carolyn Hannaford

Associate Director of Royce Learning Center / Principal of Chatham Academy

Carolyn Hannaford has forty years of experience working with children with learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She received her formal training at Stetson University and The University of Virginia. Her previous experience in public and private education laid the foundation for a passion in providing structured education for students with learning disabilities. In 1978, Carolyn moved to Savannah to become the head of Chatham Academy. She arrived to an empty building and the daunting task of starting a school in three weeks. With the help of a supportive Board of Directors, Carolyn started Chatham Academy with seven students. Together, Carolyn and Cindy Hamilton developed curriculum, taught classes, and learned along with the students. Over the years, she developed a strong philosophy of caring and educating each student according to their needs. Carolyn works tirelessly to make Chatham Academy a premier institution for children with learning differences who need a different way of teaching in order to achieve academic and personal success. She has travelled throughout the country as a guest lecturer, author, and community activist in this field.

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Kim Place

Finance Manager


Guieneverre Cutlip

Director of Development


Natalie Palmquist

Executive Secretary


Betty Dunning

Receptionist


Tori Battle

Teacher

Mary Beasley

Teacher

Rosalind Brady

Teacher

Laci Culbreth

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Laci Culbreth
Teacher

Mrs. Culbreth began with Chatham Academy in 2014. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Montana State University and a Masters in Special Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University. Mrs. Culbreth is often caught with gummy bears or Starbucks and enjoys baking, running, or gardening in her free time. Why does she work at Chatham Academy? Mrs. Culbreth loves the path of success that Chatham Academy creates for each student. When a student arrives they are instructed in the path, finding their own success and personal development. Soon after, each student becomes a guide on the path, helping to lead other students to success. Mrs. Culbreth says the environment at Chatham Academy is inspirational to both faculty and students. The school focuses on celebrating abilities and does not dwell on the disabilities. This is particularly empowering to students who come from traditional learning environments where their disabilities are constantly a barrier to their education. At Chatham Academy, students find that they don't need constant help to excel; they just need gentle and caring direction in finding their own special way.

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Catherine Futrell

Teacher

Patti Kelly

Teacher
  

Patti Kelly
Teacher

Mrs. Kelly teaches students with dyslexia using the Orton-Gillingham approach. She has successfully fulfilled all requirements for the Multisensory Structured Language - The Orton-Gillingham Approach at the Key Learning Center at Carolina Day School in Asheville, NC and recently became a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) through the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA). Mrs. Kelly previously taught in the Georgia public school system for 12 year as a general ed. as well as a special ed. teacher, before joining our family at Chatham Academy.

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Joe Levan

Coach
  

Joe Levan
Coach

Mr. Levan began with Chatham Academy in 1995. He received a Bachelors in Health Education & P.E. from Armstrong Atlantic State University. In his free time, Mr. Levan is planning his next visit to Disney World and Universal Studios. He shares his love of this adventure with his students by organizing a student trip every spring. Why does he work at Chatham Academy? Mr. Levan loves the special bonds developed at Chatham Academy. The close-knit environment allows for individual success different than most traditional educational environments. Every student has a teacher with whom they particularly connect. This connection allows for every student's potential to be realized and no student ever feels alone. Mr. Levan loves to see this potential come out on the playing fields. As the coach of various sports, he gets to see students, who would otherwise be overlooked, achieve athletic accomplishments. The smile after scoring at a sporting event for the first time is priceless!

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Jason Newman

Teacher

Cherie Pelli

Teacher
  

Cherie Pelli
Teacher

Mrs. Pelli has been with Chatham Academy for over twenty years. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language & Literature from Wheaton College and a Masters in Slavic Linguistics from Cornell University. She loves to create stained glass, cook, and garden. Why does she work at Chatham Academy? Mrs. Pelli loves to be a part of the team efforts at Chatham Academy. The faculty works together to find creative solutions for each individual student. Mrs. Hannaford holds weekly meetings to discuss challenges, successes, and systems. Mrs. Pelli believes that such team efforts help to identify student interests and strengths which lead to better individual development. She loves that Chatham Academy values this individual success.

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Annie Quaile

Teacher
  

Annie Quaile
Teacher

Ms. Quaile started with Chatham Academy in 2000. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Education & Art from Goucher College. In her free time she paints horseshoe crabs and enjoys spending time outdoors. Why does she work at Chatham Academy? Ms. Quaile loves the happy and positive environment at Chatham Academy. She loves to see the daily impact the faculty makes on the students. She particularly enjoys finding the special skills of each student. As the Art teacher, she is able to give students that have struggled academically an opportunity to express themselves through art. The outpouring of excitement when they are able to shine in a new area is incredibly rewarding.

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Susan Sullivan

Teacher
  

Susan Sullivan
Teacher

Mrs. Sullivan began with Chatham Academy in 1999. She received a Bachelor of Arts in K-12 & Special Education from Purdue University. When not at Chatham Academy, she is planning her next trip to Las Vegas. Why does she work at Chatham Academy? Mrs. Sullivan comes to Chatham Academy every day in search of the spark in her students' eyes. Nothing is more rewarding than after trying fifty different ways to teach something to a student, she discovers the one way that clicks. The spark appears! This spark creates an incredibly rewarding job. She loves that every day she works alongside a family that shares the same passion for that spark.

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Catherine Vaughn

Teacher

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