Bethel-Hanberry Administrative Team
Ms. Shannon Holland Principal
Ms. Shannon Holland is starting her first year as principal. She joined the Bethel-Hanberry Elementary family in the 2016-2017 school year. Ms. Holland’s career started 25 years ago as a Kindergarten teacher in Rock Hill, SC. In 2006, moving to Columbia, she began her career in Richland Two as a fifth teacher at Killian Elementary and moved to open Sandlapper Elementary continuing to teach fifth grade. Ms. Holland had been teaching fifth grade at Langford Elementary, before moving to BHE as the new Assistant Principal.
Ms. Holland has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from D’youville College in N.Y. She continued her education to earn a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix and a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Capella University. She continued at the university to earn an Educational Specialist Degree in Administration. Ms. Holland became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2006 and renewed in 2016.
She has two sons. One is a recent Richland Two graduate and the other is a senior in a Richland Two school. In her spare time she enjoys Do-it-yourself projects and completing escape rooms with her sons. As a family, they also enjoy spending time together traveling and watching movies.
Ms. Holland, a lifelong learner herself, enjoys instilling these practices in her family, as well as all the individuals she encounters. She looks forward to a great year as the new principal here at Bethel-Hanberry Elementary.
Mr. Gregory Scott, Assistant Principal
Mr. Gregory Scott is in his second year as assistant principal at Bethel- Hanberry Elementary. The 2020-2021 school year marks his 9th year as an educator. His career began in August 2012 in Hopkins at Horrell Hill Elementary school. Gregory began working at Horrell Hill Elementary School as a third-grade teacher, where he received two consecutive Certificates for Academic Excellence. Recognition for academic excellence is given according to high student achievement on state standardized tests. In 2017, he became a part of the Richland 2 family. He taught for two years at Forest Lake Elementary School.
Gregory earned his Elementary Education degree at the historically black Claflin University, a Master’s of Education in Divergent Learning from Columbia College. He earned his second Master's in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Charleston Southern University.
Mr. Scott lives by the motto “A man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life,” and has committed himself to the service of others through education, not only growing in his view of the world but shaping that of generations to come. He looks forward to serving the community members and families of Bethel-Hanberry Elementary. He is married to Kentaya Scott, email customer service representative for Wells Fargo.
In his spare time, he enjoys participating in CrossFit, playing chess, watching movies, attending sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Octavia Hamilton, Assistant Principal
Dr. Octavia Hamilton is beginning her first year as Assistant Principal at Bethel-Hanberry Elementary. Her most recent professional role was serving as the Technology and Learning Coach at Polo Road Elementary for the past ten years. Dr. Hamilton has been an educator for more than 20 years. She has taught grades 2, 3, and 5 in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Dr. Hamilton is a native of Columbia, SC and a Richland Two graduate. She began her Richland Two career as a 2nd and later 5th grade teacher at Lake Carolina Elementary (when there was only one campus). While at Lake Carolina, Dr. Hamilton was selected as their Teacher of the Year and one of four finalists for District Teacher of the Year. From there, she transferred to Polo Road Elementary as a 2nd grade teacher in 2009.
Dr. Hamilton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from South Carolina State University. She continued her education to earn a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education, Master of Education degree in Educational Administration, and her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Educational Technology all from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Hamilton earned her National Board Certification while teaching in Charlotte, NC and has since re-certified as a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards teacher.
She is married with one son and one daughter; who are both Richland Two students. When there is spare time to be found, Dr. Hamilton enjoys reading, traveling, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. She is currently spending a lot of her time assisting her oldest with completing college applications, preparing for college, and navigating this very special time in the midst of a national pandemic. A favorite quote of Dr. Hamilton’s is, “What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul” - Joseph Addison and this quote is a strong guiding force in both her personal and professional lives. Dr. Hamilton is excited to be joining the Bethel-Hanberry family and looks forward to building meaningful partnerships with its students, staff, family, and community members.