The School District of Pickens County has named Melissa Terry ’16 as the Transitional Principal to coordinate the merger of Pickens area elementary schools. She will also serve as a part-time interim principal for Six Mile Elementary until September 6, at which time she will become the full-time interim principal.
Earlier this year, the Pickens County School Board voted to close A.R. Lewis Elementary and Holly Springs Elementary, and to merge the schools with Hagood Elementary and Ambler Elementary. As Transitional Principal, Terry’s duties will include working with parents and student from A.R. Lewis Elementary and Holly Springs Elementary as they relocate to new locations; working with leadership, faculty and staff from all five Pickens area schools to relocate and transition into their new locations; and serving as the point of communication for all information concerning consolidation for various departments within the district. She will also assist the Instructional Services and Human Resources departments as needed for curriculum development and teacher evaluation.
“Mrs. Terry has done an excellent job as principal at A.R. Lewis Elementary School for the past two years,” said Dr. Danny Merck, superintendent of Pickens County Schools. “She is a true professional, and she has exactly the leadership skills needed to help the merger between the Pickens area elementary schools go as smoothly as possible.”
Prior to becoming principal at A.R. Lewis Elementary, Terry served as assistant principal at Clemson Elementary and East End Elementary. She began her career as a fourth grade teacher at Starr Elementary School, taught second and fourth grades at Pine Street Elementary School, and taught first, second and fifth grades at Clemson Elementary School. She then taught as an instructional coach and literacy specialist at Clemson Elementary from 2004 to 2010.
She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Clemson University and a Masters plus 30 hours in Elementary Education from Furman University. She received her Ed.S. in School Leadership from Furman in May. Terry is also a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Sorority of Women Educators.