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Dr. Dana Hill

Head of School

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.

Kim Thompson

Accounts Manager

Ms. Thompson serves as our Accounts Manager. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College through contractual studies in Commercial Studio Dance. She is also an Anderson Montessori School alumnus.

Julie Holt

Admissions Director (Primary through High School), Assistant to Administrator

Amber Lockhart

College Advisor and Guidance

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.

Larry Pearson


Karen Holt


Ms. Holt began her professional life in nursing, then earned a degree in Human Growth and Development from Lesley University. She is one of the school’s original founders and is part of the heartbeat of our school.

Melissa Hightower

Office Coordinator, Admissions Director (Infant through Toddler)

Ms. Hightower joined the faculty at the Montessori School of Anderson in 1996. She earned the Montessori Infant/Toddler Associate credential in 2002 from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education (CMTE) in New York. From 2017-2019, Ms. Hightower led Infant/Toddler professional development workshops for the Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS). She has served as the Director of DSS Licensed Programs (including Early Arrival, Stay Late, and Summer Camp) at MSA since 2013 and is the Admissions Director for the Infant/Toddler and Primary programs.

Susanna Merriman

Nurse/Safety Coordinator

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.

Matt Dabney

Technology Coordinator

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 and testing coordinator at MSA.

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