Dr. Kathleen Corley


Personal Message

Dr. Corley is a lifelong Cubs fan who achieved one of her lifelong goals by watching the Cubs win the World Series in 2016.

Dr. Corley was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago. She attended T.F. South High School in Lansing, Illinois. She earned a bachelor's degree in music education at the University of Illinois, then a master's degree at Roosevelt University, Chicago Musical College. Her doctorate was earned in educational administration at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Corley taught music in Palatine, Illinois and served as assistant principal there as well. Her first principalship was in Lynchburg, VA, at Heritage Elementary School. She later opened The Saltonstall School with a team of teachers in Salem, MA. In 1999, she and her husband, Wayne, moved to Bluffton to open Bluffton Elementary, and later opened Red Cedar Elementary, serving as its only principal.


Ms. Vogt

Personal Message

A native of Macon, Georgia, I graduated from the University of Georgia (Woof! Woof!) with a degree in Health and Physical Education.  Subsequently, I honed my interests in environmental and experiential education in a multi-week Outward Bound rock climbing and backpacking experience in the White Mountains of Maine. 

In 1998 I moved to Beaufort County as a Physical Education teacher at Michael C. Riley and subsequently Bluffton Elementary. I completed my Masters in Educational Administration at Georgia Southern University in 2007, serving as assistant principal at both Bluffton and Broad River Elementary Schools before becoming a certified RED CEDAR FOX.

My love of helping students appreciate their roles in developing healthy, confident, physically fit lifestyles led to my initiation of the first vertical climbing wall at Bluffton Elementary--the only one in Beaufort County at that time. In the summer of 2000, I was accepted as one of the 15 teachers in “From the Rivers to the Sea,” a course sponsored by The SC Aquarium in Charleston to increase teachers’ knowledge and understanding of the natural resources in our state. Subsequently, I volunteered as a docent on weekends in 2000-2009 at the Aquarium, introducing student classes and their teachers to the facilities and programs of the Aquarium. I helped create curricula for teachers using this program. 

My concern with raising our students’ awareness of environmental issues led to my participation in and certification by the Beaufort County Master Naturalist program in 2010 for teachers in Beaufort County. 

I totally endorse the philosophy we--the Red Cedar team-- have to develop students’ minds, spirits, and bodies, helping them become confident, competent citizens. We--the Red Cedar team--do not have the motto “WHATEVER IT TAKES” simply as a catchphrase. We are committed to making that statement a real element in our interaction and support with each student each day.