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Stacey Franklin, Principal                                                     

803-699-2981 ext. 71023                                                                                                         
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     The 2016-2017 school year marks the beginning of Stacey Franklin's tenure as Principal of Killian Elementary STEAM Leaders Magnet. He previously served as an assistant principal at Windsor and Pontiac elementary schools. Franklin’s educational career began in 1996 at Felton Laboratory School in Orangeburg, where he taught first, second, fourth and fifth grades. In 2004, he began serving as the school’s Palmetto Achievement Challenge Coordinator, a program designed to help students not meeting standards on state assessments. While working in Orangeburg, Franklin also served as the activity director for the National Youth Sports Program.

Franklin holds three degrees from South Carolina State University: Bachelor of Science in marketing; Master of Arts in Teaching in elementary education; and Educational Specialist in educational administration. He has completed the South Carolina Department of Education’s Assistant Principal Program for Leadership and Developing Aspiring Principals Program. Franklin’s professional memberships include the National Association of Elementary School Principals, South Carolina Association of School Administrators, South Carolina Basketball Officials Association and South Carolina High School League, and he is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Killian Elementary provides engaging learning experiences through project-based learning using the Engineering is Elementary curriculum and core curriculum. In addition, staff and teachers facilitate students’ learning of 21st century skills: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. Specifically, students are provided leadership development opportunities through the Leader in Me.
Prospective parents are invited to come and take a tour of our magnet school. Killian has a lot to see and offer. Community partners are welcome and needed. We look forward to having you here at Killian Elementary as we learn and grow together!​

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 11 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 second 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-one 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.      ​​