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Lexington District One names Graham Oak Grove Elementary principal

Jun 20 2019

During the May 21, 2019 meeting of the Lexington County School District One Board
of Trustees, the board promoted Christy Mays Graham to the position of principal of Oak Grove Elementary School effective July 1, 2019. Graham replaces Sherry Cariens, who retires at the end of this year.

With 19 years of educational experience, Graham currently serves as assistant principal at Midway Elementary School and recently completed the district’s Aspiring Principal Academy.

Beginning her education career in 1999 as a second-grade teacher at Myrtle Beach Elementary School in the Horry County Schools, she moved to Myrtle Beach Middle School as a sixth grade mathematics and science teacher three years later. In 2007, Graham transferred to Conway Middle School as mathematics and science instructional coach. She moved to Saluda Middle School in the Saluda County Schools as a sixth-grade science and social studies teacher in 2010. She then served as curriculum coordinator and assistant administrator at Newberry Elementary School in the School District of Newberry County in 2011.

Graham joined Lexington District One in 2013 as assistant principal at Midway Elementary. While there, she designed and implemented grade-level meetings, planned and implemented professional development based on the district’s strategic plan and school data, and served as testing coordinator, mentor and 4.0 Rubric evaluator.

Superintendent Greg Little, ED.D., said, “Mrs. Graham’s experience as an educational leader at both the elementary and middle school level gives her a unique perspective and a variety of skills. She is full of energy, a recent graduate of our Aspiring Principal Academy and experienced with immersion programs as well as science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics labs.”

Graham received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Coastal Carolina University and a Master of Education in educational administration from the University of South Carolina. She holds certifications in elementary teaching and elementary leadership as well as elementary supervision (principal), and has received
additional training in cognitive coaching.

Graham is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Beta Beta, the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and the Palmetto State Teachers Association.