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Stacey Franklin, Principal                                                     

803-699-2981 ext. 71023                                                                                                         
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Dear Killian Elementary S.T.E.A.M Leaders Magnet  Parents and Community,

As principal of Killian, it is my pleasure to “Welcome Everyone Back” for another great year!!! We are excited to have the students back in our classrooms and hallways filling them with the enthusiasm for learning. It is our mission to instill our core values of Learning, Community, Character and Joy into the students, they transfer to the community and then into the world. We strive to challenge each student to grow in his or her academic ability to be ready for the 21st century. Our teachers utilize best practices and analyze student data to determine how students think and learn.  

Throughout the year I look forward to meeting the new members of our community and connecting with returning community members. I encourage families to get to know each other so you can build new friendships and support each other.

A few things to make our year more safe-first, please drive with caution through the school zone. Please adhere to all morning procedures as you bring your child to school as well as dismissal procedures. Make sure you park legally and be aware of blocking driveways.

Please visit our school visit web site and find it helpful and informative. Important events happening at school will be sent via our school blog on Thursdays of each week. In addition, follow us on twitter @Killian_STEAM because we will to send out updates and announcements as we go through the school year.

I am honored to serve as the principal of Killian Elementary S.T.E.A.M Leaders Magnet. It is truly a privilege to be part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and build positive relationships that support social and academic growth. Please feel free to contact me at 803.699.2981 or by email  sfranklin@richland2.org.  Please stop by and say hello.

Once again, Welcome Back as “WE Fuel the Flame for a Fantastic School Year”!!!


Stacey M. Franklin

KESLM Principal


Marlena Gore, Assistant Principal 

Administrator for Grades 1st, 3rd, and 5th
803-699-2981 ext. 71008                                                                                                         
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    Hello Killian family and friends. I am Marlena Gore and I am so excited about serving as one of the Assistant Principals at Killian Elementary School. Education has always been my calling. 

I began teaching 12 years ago at Joseph Keels Elementary. While at Joseph Keels, I taught third grade for 6 years and served as the Curriculum Coach for 2 years. In my 10th year of education, I was presented with the opportunity to work with a Race to the Top Grant. During this year, I supported schools and district level personnel as an Enterprise Learning Coach. With this position, I was able to guide students, teachers, administrators, and parents to embrace the learning needs of the 21st Century learner. 

This year is my third year at Killian Elementary School. I am so proud to say that I am a Leading Lion! Here at Killian Elementary School, we embrace the 21st Century learner. Through the many resources, materials, technology, and experiences we strive to provide an innovative curriculum, in a safe, nurturing environment that will prepare students to be productive citizens in a global society, Here at Killian, we realized the tremendous role we play in our students' futures and we do not take it lightly. We are growing leaders everyday and are excited about the opportunity you have given us to serve you and your children! 

Carrie Murray, Assistant Principal

Administrator for Grades Kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th
803-699-2981 ext. 71007                                                                                                        
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Carrie Murray proudly serves as one of the Assistant Principals at Killian Elementary.  Mrs. Murray is the Assistant Principal that works mostly with our kindergarten, second and fourth grade students, teachers and parents.  Mrs. Murray loves being a STEAM Leading Lion.  Mrs. Murray believes that all children can succeed every single day.  Mrs. Murray is thrilled to be working in a partnership with the Killian teachers, parents, and community to make sure that everyone that comes through the Killian doors has a positive experience.

Her career as an educator began in Virginia. She completed her teaching internship in Roanoke, Virginia. After graduating from Virginia Tech, she taught second grade in Virginia Beach. Then, she married her best friend and became an Army wife.  For twenty years, Mrs. Murray moved around the world.  She lived in Georgia, New York, Virginia, Kansas and even Germany.  While moving around the world, Mrs. Murray got to teach pre-school, first, second and third grade.  She got to be an instructional assistant for a little boy who had autism.  She got to substitute a lot and she even got to teach seventh grade English!

Mrs. Murray earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Virginia Tech in 1992.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from The American College of Education in 2013.

Mrs. Murray has been married for twenty-two years and has a daughter and a son.  She is a busy mom and her favorite things to do are run with her husband, hang out with her kids and read on her porch.


Nancy Diggs, Magnet Lead

Magnet Lead and Curriculum Specialist
803-699-2981 ext. 71002                                                                                                     
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Nancy Diggs is the Magnet Director and Curriculum Specialist.  She has been overseeing curriculum and various activities at Killian for more than a decade. Ms. Diggs began her career in education in Hollywood, South Carolina as and eighth grade science and math teacher in 1978. 

She holds a Master of Education plus 30 from The Citadel in Charleston. She graduated cum laude from South Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Ms. Diggs has held various positions at the University of South Carolina, Morgan State University, Catonsville Community College and the South Carolina Department of Education. In Richland Two, she has been a teacher at Conder Elementary Arts Integrated Magnet School and the W.R. Roger Adult, Continuing & Technology Education Center.      ​​

Site Alert
Families who applied to Expanded Choice or magnet programs during Choice II, must accept or decline offers by midnight, June 22, 2018. 

Log in to the Richland Two Expanded Choice and Magnet application using the same username and password created when submitting the application. Once you view your application status, you can accept or decline your offer.