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Headmaster, Jon Hopman, addressed students and parents at the opening of school convocation on August 13, 2015 kicking off the 50th Anniversary school year:

I would like to welcome our Board of Trustees, distinguished guests, alumni, parents, faculty and most importantly our students.Today is a special day for many reasons.Of course today is the start of the 2015-16 school year and I know you are all excited about transitioning into new grades, meeting new friends, having new teachers, and taking new courses.Today is also special because it is the 50th anniversary of Hilton Head Prep.

Take a moment to reflect upon what that truly means.As you walk around our campus I would like everyone to think about those who have come before you.Think of all the lives that have been impacted over the past 50 years. Think of the thousands of students who have walked through the same doors you currently pass through.Think about the hundreds of artists who have placed their work upon the walls that you now adorn with your beautiful artwork. Think about the hundreds of athletes who have played on the very same field or court that you now compete upon, and think of the many performances that have spotlighted the talent of so many who have gone before you.

Hilton Head Prep has every reason to be proud, and I look forward to the coming year where we will honor Prep's heritage.We will reflect on our past and celebrate all that is good about our school.

One of the best ways we can honor the legacy of those who have gone before us is to remain steadfast to our mission as a college preparatory school, nestled on the wonderful island of Hilton Head.We must maintain high academic standards.We must never forget about the importance of moral character and strong values.We must strive to build a community with open arms and a desire to serve and support one another.We must help our students understand concepts such as perseverance, zest, and good old fashion GRIT.Such character traits will guide us through the turbulence we all face at one time or another.

We must maintain a sense of Prep Pride that is the heart of our school.

I am humbled to be standing before you representing Hilton Head Prep.The true honor and recognition should go to the amazing administration, faculty and staff who have worked tirelessly throughout the summer in preparation for today.I cannot tell you how excited I am for the 2015-16 school year to begin, so I can witness the incredible transformation that takes place in our students, on this campus, over the course of each school year.

Students, Your education and the opportunity to attend Hilton Head Prep is a gift.As always, I challenge you to make the most of the coming year.Expand your circle of friends. Try something new.Challenge yourself.Own your education!

To the class of 2016, I applaud you for letting the student body know that it is okay to "try hard." I look forward to working with you and seeing your leadership have a positive impact on our campus.Please make the most of your senior year and do not wish this very special time away.

I would like to thank each of our parents, who have trusted us with their most prized possession.It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child; we look forward to being your partner in education for the 2015-16 school year.

As I close these ceremonies and officially begin the 2015-16, 50th anniversary year, I ask each of you, students, faculty and even parents, how will you contribute to the greater good of Hilton Head Prep?What we do today and throughout the year will be our legacy.

Let's make this an awesome year!


Hilton Head Prep is excited about the new crop of teachers hired for the 15-16 school year. Some have moved from out of the area and some were teaching at other local schools. These strong dedicated educators join our veteran faculty and staff to bring you a high quality educational experience.

Meet some of our new teachers:

Lilly Flewellen – US Physics

Ms. Flewellen serves as the upper school physics teacher. A recent graduate of Furman University (B.S. Physics, Cum Laude), this is her first year teaching. Ms. Flewellen is originally from Columbia, S.C. where she was an International Baccalaureate diploma student at A.C. Flora High School. Her high school physics teacher inspired a love of physics and all of the beautiful explanations it provides for the world around us. In college she spent two years as an astrophysics researcher, where she learned that the unanswered questions in physics, particularly those dealing with the far reaches of space, are where her passions lie.

Kelly Dillon – US Art

Kelly Dillon will be teaching Studio Art and Design in Upper School. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing and Studio Art at the College of Charleston in 2015, and returns to Prep where she is a lifer and alumn of 2011. Her passion is illustration and storytelling through both art and writing.

Mike Foley – Director of Campus Life

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Mike joins the Hilton Head Prep team as the Director of Campus Life. For 19 years he was in the Orlando, Florida area where he worked at Disney in various roles eventually moving into education as the Athletic Director at a newly founded prep day school. From there, Mike went to a boarding school where he worked to strengthen the residential program, student activities and developed several student leadership opportunities as the Dean of Student Services. Over the two past years, he gained valuable experience as the Director of Development and Director of Residential Life. He earned his BA from Denison University and his MaED, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. Mike, Stephanie, and their children are excited to become active members of the Prep community.

Daniel Godsun – US Economics and Ethics

Mr. Daniel Godsun started at Hilton Head Prep in November 2014 as the coach for the middle school boys basketball team as well as fulfilling requests as a substitute teacher in the spring semester and then moving on to direct Prep's Discovery Dayz Summer Camp this past summer. Mr. Godsun will be joining us full time for the 2015-16 school year as the upper school Economics and Ethics teacher. He will also be heavily involved in lower school instructional athletics, middle and upper school leadership activities and clubs as well as coaching multiple sports. Prior to Prep, he served on the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and the Economic Competitiveness Committee for the Beaufort County School District. Mr. Godsun also brings over 5 years of personal and professional development training, 17 years of mentoring youth, 20+ years of basketball; and he is the author of The WIN Playbook. Daniel and his wife, Terri-Ann, were high school sweethearts and have chosen South Carolina over New York City to raise their four children. They are excited to further serve the community, with their children attending Hilton Head Prep.

Susan Micharlsen – LS Music

Mrs. Micharlsen is the lower school music teacher at Hilton Head Preparatory School. She received a BS degree from the NY State University College at Oneonta, graduating with honors and duel majors, elementary education and music. While attending Oneonta, Mrs. Micharlsen sang with the choral society and performed in the musical theatre department. She attained her MS degree from the City University of New York at Queens College with a degree in early childhood education. Mrs. Micharlsen's lifelong passion for music has given her a career as a professional church organist, choir director and vocal soloist, all while working fulltime as an elementary school educator. Mrs. Micharlsen has creatively integrated music into all elements of her curriculum throughout her career in education.

Steven Moe – US Social Science

Steven Moe is the Department Chair as well as a Social Science teacher in the Upper School. He will be teaching Western Civilization and American Studies. Steven holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in History from Belmont Abbey College and a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of South Carolina. He won the Anselm G. Biggs, Award in History, as the top history student at Belmont Abbey College. Steven has had the honor of teaching history on the island for nearly a decade and looks forward to bringing his passion of the social sciences to Hilton Head Prep.

Gillian Price – US Spanish

Gillian Price holds a B.A. in Spanish from Carleton College. She did her graduate work at the University of Virginia, receiving her M.A. in 2010 and her Ph.D. in 2014. Dr. Price has taught a wide range of beginning, intermediate, translation, and literature courses at Carleton College and the University of Virginia, and has also taught abroad in Costa Rica and Valencia, Spain. Dr. Price looks forward to teaching Spanish 1, Spanish 3, AP Language and Culture, and Journalism this year at Hilton Head Preparatory School.

Larry Tavino – MS Math

Mr. Tavino will be teaching middle school mathematics at Hilton Head Prep.He has been in education for over 20 years as a teacher, coach and administrator. Tavino is certified as a highly qualified middle and secondary mathematics teacher who is endorsed in gifted and talented education.A former Teacher of the Year, Mr. Tavino taught and coached at Hilton Head Prep from 1993-2000.He has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Sociology and a Master of Science in Physical Education from Winthrop University.

Stephanie Foley - MS English / American Sign Language

Mrs. Stephanie Foley will be teaching middle school English and ASL (American Sign Language) at Hilton Head Preparatory School. She received a B.A. in Special Education from Bowling Green and has taught many years in both the public and private sector. Stephanie was awarded the FEHI (Florida Educators of the Hearing Impaired) Elementary Teacher of the Year 2000-2001. She has two children, both of whom will be attending Hilton Head Prep this year.

Sharon Terry – MS English

Mrs. Terry teaches sixth and seventh grade English as well as sixth grade social studies at Hilton Head Preparatory School. A veteran teacher with a decade of experience in both middle and high schools, Terry holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Art History from Agnes Scott College and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. In addition, Terry is endorsed in gifted and talented education.


The summer maintenance staff was busy this summer with several campus improvement projects. There is a noticeable feel of freshness and functionality as the school year begins.

  • The KNS Media Center now has a new professional conference room and a new reading nook and performance stage
  • All building exteriors have been freshly painted
  • New LED lighting in the lower school commons with fresh navy paint on the banisters
  • The Middle School gym has been freshly painted, old banners removed, ceiling repaired, new LED lights and a fresh new logo painted in the center court
  • Classrooms have been moved and new shelving installed
  • New art display boards around campus for display of student art
  • New plantings in beds around campus
  • New student garden funded by a Whole Foods Grant
  • And much more
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