During the May 21, 2019 meeting of the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, the board promoted Colleen M. Pelley to the position of assistant principal at Gilbert Primary School and hired Brandon M. Winchester for the position of assistant principal at Rocky Creek Elementary School, both effective as of July 1, 2019.
A veteran educator with 30 years of educational experience, Pelley began her career in 1989 as a teacher at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind. While there, she held the positions of lead teacher, early childhood interventionist and residential supervisor.
In 2000, Pelley moved to Maryland where she served as special educator coordinator and compliance specialist at Gilmore Elementary School. Three years later, she joined Norfolk Public Schools in Virginia, teaching kindergarten and an inclusion classroom from 2003 to 2006, when she joined Lexington District One.
Pelley worked as a resource teacher at Gilbert Elementary. She became the school’s lead interventionist in 2008, currently serving in that role.
Pelley holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from the University of South Carolina Spartanburg, a Master of Education in special education from Converse College, and a Master of Education in educational administration from the University of South Carolina.
She holds certifications in Tier 1 elementary principal, early childhood, elementary education, reading teacher, generic special education, deafness and hearing impairment, learning disabilities, and trainable and educable mentally disabled.
Fellow educators at Gilbert Elementary in 2012 and the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind in 1998 chose Pelley to represent them as school level Teacher of the Year.
Pelley is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum and Development, the International Reading Association, Phi Delta Kappa International and the South Carolina Education Association.
Winchester comes to Lexington District One from Anderson County School District 2.
Since 2017, he has served as Jobs for America’s Graduates career specialist and summer school coordinator. He won South Carolina JAG Outstanding Specialist in 2018.
Winchester began his teaching career as an art and video productions teacher at Greenwood High School. He moved to Saluda Middle School in 2011, where he served as art and English language arts teacher, and coached track and cross country. In 2014, he joined Brewer Middle School in Greenwood to serve as advanced fine arts and ELA teacher.
Winchester received a Bachelor of Science in visual arts with K–12 certification from Lander University, a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University, and an Education Specialist degree in school administration from Clemson University.
A member of Palmetto State Teachers Association, he holds certifications in visual arts K–12, middle level ELA G5–8, and Tier 1 elementary principal. He also earned Read to Succeed Literacy endorsement.