Melissa VandeWiel, owner and director of The Island School has experience in leading highly effective programs for young children. Based on eighteen years of experience as a professional educator, elementary school principal, and preschool director, she has a firm understanding of what makes a quality early childhood program. As a member of the Charleston County Early Childhood Task Force, Melissa earned a positive reputation in the community as being a strong advocate for early learning. The desire to create a high quality learning environment for her son Charlie, inspired Melissa to found The Island School.