Heather Byrd grew up in Charleston, SC and attended College of Charleston, but has called the quaint town of McBee, SC home for the past twelve years. Her family members are all celebrating next chapters of their lives. Her son, Gage, and daughter-in-law, Cassidy, are expecting their first child in October. Her daughter, Lindsay, is going away to college this fall. Heather and her boyfriend, Daniel, will soon experience a new feeling as empty-nesters. Just last month Heather took her own leap of faith into an exciting new life chapter as becoming the new owner of Montessori Day Academy of Hartsville (MDAH).
Heather owns Infinity Images Portrait Studio where she specializes in photographing children from Birth to 1 year. Heather shares, “After many years in the photography business I decided it was time to look for work that isn’t so taxing on my body. Photographing babies is my favorite thing to do but it is tough work and I know my body won’t be able to do it for many more years.” Heather approached the former owner and friend, Terie Rousseau, about coming to work for her as Administrator. After many conversations and much deliberation, Teri offered to sell Heather the school. “It wasn’t in my plans, but after speaking with the parents and staff I knew I would be a good fit and it would be such a rewarding experience.” While Heather will be opening the door to a new adventure, she will still run her photography studio on a part-time basis. “I can’t imagine not having that in my life,” says Heather.
Montessori Day Academy of Hartsville is a private, independent education institution that practices the Montessori Method of learning serving children from ages six weeks to six years. The curriculum at MDAH promotes learning through a psychology-based approach to education that encourages students to explore math, science, language arts, music and the outdoors in an academically stimulating environment at their own pace. The school incorporates the time-tested, research-based, nurturing educational philosophy of Maria Montessori with an emphasis on individualized learning, student independence, and strong family engagement. MDAH intentionally attracts and supports a diverse student and parent body.
Heather has big plans for the upcoming school year. “We have hired a new Lead Guide for our Toddler Room as well as several new after-school teachers who will be doing French lessons, music and baby sign language,” explains Heather. “Together with families, we are going to continue our mission to build a school that meets the needs of all learners and helps all of our children reach their full potential.” Open Enrollment for the school year continues through the end of July with the new school year starting on August 6th.