Welcome to the Lower School

The Lower School provides a challenging academic program in a nurturing, adventure-filled environment from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. Inspiring a desire for learning starts here - balancing traditional instruction, experiential learning, and critical thinking. Besides offering a strong curriculum in the traditional basics (language arts, mathematics, science, and history), interesting classes in music, art, Spanish, research and library skills, physical education, science lab and technology complete a well-rounded educational and relational experience. Other learning experiences at Whitefield include a variety of after-school programs, chapel performances, I Love to Read Week, and Fine Arts Week.

Additionally, each class sponsors an annual service project. As part of our hands-on program, students in each grade maintain a plot in our garden, which yields fruits and vegetables that then are served as healthy choices for students in the cafeteria. Experiential learning by grade level takes student to an overnight visit to the zoo (observing nocturnal traits of animals), a night spent in a cave (noting underground structures and elements), and a marine biology excursion to coastal Georgia.

Maryellen Berry
Lower School Principal
Maryellen Berry serves as Lower School principal at Whitefield Academy. Before joining the Whitefield leadership team in 2018, Berry gained 18 years of experience as a Lower School teacher and an additional 15 years of experience as a curriculum and outplacement director and division head at Trinity School in Atlanta. Berry holds a B.A. in elementary education from Stetson University and a M.S. in elementary education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction from the State University of New York at Cortland, MS.
Steve Henson
Lower School Assistant Principal
Steve Henson joined the Whitefield faculty in 2014 as the Lower School music teacher, and soon took on the additional roles of computer teacher and Lower School After-hours director. In 2017, Henson began serving as Lower School Assistant Principal. He has extensive experience in musical performance as well as teaching music to children, teenagers, and adults. Prior to Whitefield, he built arts programs and led ministry teams in churches and non-profit organizations. He has a B.A. in vocal music performance from Lee University and a M.A. in teaching from Western Carolina University.