Our Team


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Sandy Lindsay


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Liz Michael




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Keith Callicut

Gerald GARY


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Dr. James Ann Lynch Sheley currently serves as Assistant Superintendent in Richland School District Two where she formerly served as the Chief Planning and Initiatives Officer. She has over 38 years of experience where she has had the opportunity to serve as Director of Elementary Schools in Lexington District One, and Principal of Lugoff Elementary, North Springs Elementary and founding principal at Lake Carolina Elementary Schools.  Dr. Sheley holds a bachelor’s degree from Newberry College, master’s degree and master’s plus 30 from Winthrop University, and an Ed. D. from Nova –Southeastern University. She is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Academy, the Center for Creative Leadership, and the Midlands Educator Leadership Experience,    Dr. Sheley has received numerous awards and honors including the National Milken Educator Award, South Carolina National Principal of the Year, and Alpha Delta Kappa Excellence in Education Award. She is an active member of SCASA where she has served as President of the Elementary Principals Association and has been a member of the Palmetto’s Finest Selection Committee since the early 90’s. Currently she serves on the SC-ASCD Board, the Board of Managers of Newberry College, past Chairperson of the Speers Creek School Campaign Committee, and is a member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church.

James Ann Sheley


Claire Thompson has 30 years experience as a school administrator. Mrs. Thompson recently retired as principal from Lake Murray Elementary School in Lexington/Richland School District 5 where she had served for 21 years. Prior to opening Lake Murray Elementary, Mrs. Thompson served as principal of Chapin Elementary School for three years. Mrs. Thompson’s other administrative experience includes assistant principalships at Nursery Road Elementary in School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties and Red Bank Elementary in Lexington School District One. Mrs. Thompson is currently working part-time with the Human Resources Office in School District Five. Mrs. Thompson was recognized in 2015 as the South Carolina Elementary Principal of the Year and as a National Distinguished Principal from the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Mrs. Thompson was awarded the Order of the Silver Crescent, the state’s highest honor for community service, in May 2018. During her years as principal at Lake Murray Elementary, Mrs. Thompson was awarded the District Superintendent’s Award for School Culture as well as the Superintendent’s Award for Leadership. Mrs. Thompson has presented at various conferences including the SCASA i3, Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, and State Reading Conference. Mrs. Thompson’s undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the University of South Carolina. She is married to Stuart Thompson and they have three married children and six grandchildren.

Claire Thompson


Bill Briggman

Cheryl A. Caution-Parker, Ed.D., currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Richland School District Two. She began her first term in 2014 upon her retirement as Deputy superintendent from the district after 34 years of service. Caution-Parker began her education career in the district as a teacher at E. L Wright Middle School where she earned the award of Richland School District Two Teacher of the Year. Her years as a school administrator includes serving as an administrator at Dent Middle School, principal of Forest Lake Elementary School and principal of Dent Middle School. While serving as principal of Dent Middle School, Caution-Parker helped the school earn National Blue Ribbon, Palmetto’s Finest and Exemplary Writing awards. She then served as Chief Administrative Office and Deputy Superintendent for the district. Servant leadership has marked the career of Dr. Caution-Parker. She has served as a role model, mentor, and sponsor to aspiring school district leaders. Her career in education resulted in Caution-Parker winning the William B. Harley lifetime Achievement award.  Caution-Parker received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of South Carolina.She also earned a doctorate in education from NOVA Southeastern University, FL.

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Sandy Smith has over twenty years of experience in developing and evaluating government policies, with an extensive, in-depth knowledge of the South Carolina legislative arena and public education. She has the ability to analyze the implications and interactions of education policies, laws, and regulations and their impact on districts and schools. She has worked closely with Senate and House leadership, the Department of Education, and education groups to develop legislative initiatives and promote public education issues.  Sandy is currently the Executive Director of the South Carolina Association of School Business Officials (SCASBO) and serves as a legislative consultant with the South Carolina School Administrators Association (SCASA) where she monitors, interprets, and communicates state public education policies and procedures for SCASBO and SCASA. She serves as liaison for association members and General Assembly members and staff. She provides information to association members on legislative issues impacting decisions being made by school business officials.  Prior to becoming Executive Director for SCASBO, Sandy served as Deputy Superintendent, Division of Policy and Legislation Development, where she coordinated, and monitored state public education policies and procedures for the Department of Education and State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Jim Rex. Her primary duties were to provide background information and data to legislators, legislative staff, and the education community concerning the agency and education policies and initiatives. She also represented the State Superintendent of Education before state legislative committees, governmental meetings, and national organizations.  Beginning in 1995 Sandy served as the Research Director for the South Carolina House of Representatives Education and Public Works Committee for eleven years where she served as legislative aide to the eighteen members of the Committee, providing background research on education policies, programs, and legislation. Working with education, health and social service agencies, state school boards, administrators, teachers’ organizations, and national groups, she assisted in drafting legislation and developing information as needed, including the annual general appropriations act regarding public education.  Early in Sandy’s career she served as a principal and assistant principal   at Satchel Ford Elementary School in Columbia. She was also an Elementary School Teacher for 14 years teaching first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth grades in rural and suburban schools in South Carolina and Georgia.

Sandy Smith

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Mike Briggs


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Amy Edwards

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Debbie Hamm

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Mike is the budget director for the South Carolina Senate Finance Committee, a position where he has served since 2001. The Finance Committee is tasked with developing the state’s annual budget as well as tax policy.  Prior to moving to the State Senate, Mike was Director of the Division of Regional Development for the State Budget and Control Board. In addition, his list of experience includes the State Budget Office and the Board of Economic Advisors.  Mike received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in economics and political science from Clemson University and his master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, Mike participated in the Fund for American Studies program at Georgetown University.  Mike has previously served as a member of the Board of Visitors for the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and the Clemson University Board of Visitors.


Mrs. Beth Elliott graduated from Columbia College in 1977 majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Sociology. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and her Administration Certification from the University of South Carolina in 1990. Her career began in Richland School District Two at Joseph Keels Elementary in 1977, where she taught 5th and 3rd grades for 12 years. In 1990, she helped to open Pontiac Elementary as the Assistant Principal. In 1999, she was named the Principal of Pontiac Elementary and served the Pontiac Community until 2013. Before her retirement in 2018, she served as the Principal of Windsor Elementary.  Mrs. Elliott played an active role in helping new teachers by collaborating with Colleges and Universities by hosting and facilitating student teachers, as well as practicum students. Pontiac Elementary was one of the first Professional Development Schools as they partnered with the University of South Carolina. She recently received the Wil Lou Gray Outstanding Educator Award from the Columbia College Alumnae Association, on the basis of character and of service to Columbia College, recognizing her 40 years of service to education.  Mrs. Elliott has a strong commitment to the success of teaching and learning environments. She believes that a positive environment built on relationships will enhance student achievement. She and her teammates were very honored to receive the first Teamwork Award in Richland District 2. She believes in focusing on the strengths of an organization and individuals. She believes that a collaborative environment among teachers, parents and community is the key to creating a successful teaching and learning community for all students.