Dr. Hill joined the MSA community in 2001 as a parent of a toddler. Since that time, she has served as Parent Panel Coordinator, VP of the Board of Trustees, Support Services Coordinator, High School Director, and Administrator. She holds a B.S. degree from Presbyterian College with a double major in sociology and psychology. She also completed an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Georgia. In 2012, she received her AMS credential in Montessori School Management from the Center for Montessori Education in New York. She currently serves on the boards of the South Carolina Montessori Alliance and the South Carolina Independent School Association.

Head of School

Dr. Dana Hill

Mrs. Lockhart joined MSA as the Director of Admissions (Primary - Grade 12) and Director of College Guidance in 2018. She graduated from Clemson University in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and spent the three subsequent years in healthcare as a social worker. After spending much of her childhood as a student at MSA, she is grateful for the opportunity to now be a member of the faculty.

Admissions Director (Primary through High School), College Guidance

Amber Lockhart

Mrs. Emery joined us in 2006. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science with a major in Administrative Office Technology. She is married with one son.

Business/Administrative Office Assistant

Jaime Emery

Ms. Molly Moorhead is the Educational Coordinator at the Montessori School of Anderson. Outside of MSA, Molly has worked as a Curriculum Coordinator, Educational Director, Instructional Guide (CGMS - Center for Guided Montessori Studies), Field Consultant (CGMS), Summer Instructor (CGMS), and presenter at AIMS (Association of Independent Maryland Schools), SCMA (South Carolina Montessori Alliance), MEPI (Montessori Educational Programs International - 2020 conference), and the IMC (International Montessori Council).

Educational Coordinator

Molly Moorhead

Ms. Holt began her professional life in nursing, then earned a degree in Human Growth and Development from Lesley University. She is certified as a Montessori Administrator. She is one of the school’s original founders and serves as Assistant Administrator and teaches high school sociology, psychology, and current events/geography. She is part of the heartbeat of our school.


Karen Holt

Mrs. Buchanan began her work at Montessori of Anderson in 1996. She traveled to New York to train for her Associate in Infant/Toddler credential in 2002. She serves as Director of the Infant/Toddler program and as the Admissions Director for infants and toddlers.

Admissions Director (Infant/Toddler)

Melissa Buchanan

After graduating with an RN from Clemson University in 1981, Mrs. Merriman began her career as an emergency room nurse. In addition to her current services at MSA, Suzi is an After-hours Triage Nurse (Pediatrics) with AnMed Health. She developed the Health Services program at MSA, and is the Safety/Security coordinator for our campus. In 2012 she was presented with the Palmetto Gold Award for Excellence in Nursing for the state of South Carolina, and she received the AnMed Health's Virginia Gilmer Extraordinary Woman in Healthcare Community Service Award in March 2019. She is an ASHI CPR instructor and SC Concussion Trainer. She serves on the SC Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Board of Trustees and is a state and national advocate for cancer patients.

Nurse/Safety Coordinator

Susanna Merriman

Mr. Dabney graduated from Clemson University with a BS and MS degree in Computer Science. As a graduate assistant, he was a member of the systems staff that manages the computers in the computer science building at Clemson. He has taught several summer programming and technology camps. He serves as the technology coordinator and yearbook adviser at MSA.

Technology Coordinator

Matt Dabney

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