Colleen Pelley, Assistant Principal

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.