This is Ms. Heath's fourteenth year at Berryhill. The 2014-2015 year marks her first as Principal of Berryhill. She received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and her graduate degree in supervision from UNC-Charlotte. She recently received her principal certification from Winthrop University.
In addition to working at Berryhill, she was also a teacher at Irwin Avenue Open School. Ms. Heath enjoys running, swimming and biking.
Laura Lovelace-Pearce began with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in 2002 as a Middle School Language Arts Teacher. After ten years as a classroom teacher, she transitioned to an Academic Facilitator position at Randolph Middle IB. She began her first year as Assistant Principal at Berryhill School in 2017.
Ms. Pearce is married with twin boys. She enjoys gardening, beekeeping, and anything that involves hanging out with her family.
Dean of Students
Mrs. Commerford has been at Berryhill since 2000, first as a teacher and now as our Academic Facilitator. Before coming to Berryhill, Mrs. Commerford was a teacher at Irwin Avenue Open School. She received her Undergraduate degree from Elon University and her Graduate degree from UNC-Charlotte. In addition, she received her National Board Certification in 2001.
Mrs. Commerford lives with her husband, Jeff and her daughters Sophia and Sadie, as well as her dogs Otis and Daisy. In her spare time, Mrs. Commerford enjoys running, reading, gardening and shopping.
Senior Administrative Secretary
Ms. Beene’ has been employed with CMS for many years. She served at Amy James Montessori for 3 years and has been at Berryhill School since. Ms. Beene’ is originally from Chicago, IL where she was born and raised. She is a single mother of 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Her oldest, Pamela is a CMA and resides in Hattiesburg, MS with her husband and children. Her oldest son Jammie is a graduate of Northwest School of the Arts. Her youngest son, Jeffrey is a graduate of Mallard Creek High School and is now attending Gardner-Webb University on a Football scholarship.
Ms. Beene’ was employed with Pandick, Inc., (a financial printing company) and Bank of America (formerly NationsBank) before joining CMS in 1998.
In her spare time, she enjoys watching westerns, old movies, going to the theaters, shopping, reading, and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Gonzalez has been at Berryhill since 2007. She served first as an ESL teacher assistant, then as an Exceptional Children assistant, and now as a secretary. She is originally from the Dominican Republic and has an Associate's Degree in Travel and Tourism.
Mrs. Gonzalez lives with her husband and her two sons. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, cooking, and shopping.