Faculty

Our faculty seek to engender in each child a love for the Good, the True and the Beautiful.

  • Mary barefield

    Director

    Teacher, Grammar School, Latin, Classical Studies, Literature, Composition

    M.Ed., Reading Specialist, University of Virginia

    mary@highlandssummerville.org


    Mary lives in Summerville with her son, Rollin. After years of moving from place to place as a military child and then a military wife, she is happy to call South Carolina her adopted home. She has homeschooled from the beginning using bits and pieces from Memoria Press. She began her teaching career in southern France and spent ten years in classical schools teaching Latin, history and English. She currently teaches Cisco Networking at Trident Technical College. In her free time, she enjoys romping outside with her son and two Belgian shepherds.  

  • Joy Stephens

    Campus Coordinator

    joy@highlandssummerville.org


    Joy was born and raised in Franklin, TN and moved to the Charleston area in 2015. She was an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT IV) and she shared her passion for the medical field by teaching Anatomy and Physiology to area homeschoolers. She is a homeschool mom to 3 children, Brennan, Tanna, and Taggart and they have been involved with Highlands since it began. They love to hike and be outdoors, and are likely spotted out on the trails exploring the beautiful landscapes and rich history that the Lowcountry has to offer.

  • Shelly Templeton

    Teacher, Primary School

    B.A. Early Childhood Education, North Greenville University

    shelly@highlandssummerville.org


    Shelly is a Summerville native, wife, dog mom, and mom of 2 sweet little girls (1 & 3). She taught Headstart and K4 in the public schools for 8 years before leaving to become a stay-at-home mom in 2019. In her spare time she loves to bake, exercise, catch up on her favorite TV shows, watch football with her husband, and spend time with her friends and family. She is also a big fan of coffee and chocolate!

  • ROSEMARY SOMMERFEldT

    Teacher, Primary School

    B.S. Early Childhood Education, College of Charleston
    M.Ed., Reading Specialty, Liberty University
    rosemary@highlandssummerville.org


    Rosemary is married with one child, Isabella, who will be starting school in Highlands. She has been teaching since 2014, mostly in public school but spent a year in a private school. She loves to read, cook, and exercise.

  • Dorothea Gerber

    Teacher, Primary School

    B.M. Vocal Performance, Brevard College

    dorothea@highlandssummerville.org


    Dorothea is a wife to Rodney and mother of two children, Arabella and Elliana. Both of whom have attended Highlands since it’s creation in 2018. She is an artist, a children’s art teacher at Public Works Art Center and homeschooler of four years. Dorothea found a passion for teaching after a few friends asked her to teach them art in 2019, and has been teaching since. Her free time is spent in the outdoors either in the garden, on the water in a boat, or camping.

  • Lauren Ragland

    Teacher, Primary School

    B.A. Elementary Education, North Greenville University

    ragland@highlandssummerville.org


    Lauren is a native to the Charleston area and lives in Summerville with her husband Bryan and their three children, Lucas, Eleanora, & Judah. She taught second and fifth grade in public schools for eight years and was honored to be named District Teacher of the Year. She also served two years overseas as a homeschool teacher for a missionary family. She stepped out of the classroom in 2017 to be a stay-at-home mother. In her free time, she loves Netflix-binging with her husband, cuddling with Eleanora and Judah, and learning about dinosaurs with her son Lucas. Plus coffee. Lots of coffee.

  • Lauren huftalen

    Teacher, Grammar School, Literature, Composition, Latin, Classical Studies

    B.A., English, Christopher Newport University

    M.A., Teaching, Christopher Newport University

    huftalen@highlandssummerville.org


    Lauren began teaching at Highlands when it opened in 2018. She has experience teaching all subjects in Kindergarten, 1st, and 5th grade. She especially loves teaching literature and watching students get lost in a good story. Most recently, she has been writing curriculum for language arts, writing, and Social Studies in her free time. Lauren and her husband live in Moncks Corner where he serves as the Student Pastor for First Baptist Moncks Corner. They have one son, Grady, and one daughter, Lydia. 

  • Cortney Seaton

    Teacher, Grammar School

    B.S. Business Management, Ohio Valley College

    cortney@highlandssummerville.org


    Cortney loves living in the Lowcountry with her husband and two kids. This year will be her 7th homeschooling, 5th using Memoria Press, and 1st teaching at HLS. Previously, she worked as a training coordinator and compliance officer in the credit union industry. Cortney enjoys a good book, rocks a good barre class, and appreciates good coffee.


want to teach?

We are looking for enthusiastic, qualified teachers who share our values.  After reviewing our About Us page and the main Highlands Latin School website, please fill out the Teaching Application on the Contact Us page.