Dr. Twanisha Garner
Dr. Twanisha Garner has over 20 years as a school educator at the elementary and middle school levels. She originally taught math at William J. Clark Middle School in Orangeburg, S.C. Also, she worked for one year at Forest Heights Elementary School before coming to Richland School District Two. As a Richland Two ALERT teacher, she planned and implemented curriculum for gifted and talented elementary school students. Lonnie B. Nelson was one of the schools where Dr. Garner taught ALERT. Her continued work in the district also included several years teaching second-grade magnet students at the Center for Knowledge. In addition, Dr. Garner worked as an assistant principal at Langford Elementary, where she was named SC Assistant Principal of the Year in 2020.
Dr. Garner holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Claflin University and a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC. Additionally, she earned two degrees, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Doctor of Philosophy in Post-Secondary and Adult Education, from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN.
Dr. Garner and her husband, Richard are the proud parents of two children: Jaiden and Mykala. She is also excited to be a part of the Lonnie B. Nelson family which includes our dedicated students, parents, faculty, staff, and community. All of us are devoted to empowering our students to maximize their gifts and talents as they are “Learning to Lead and Leading to Learn." She looks forward to working with the LBNE community as she leads with a passion for academic, behavioral, and social development for all children.
Mr. Calvin Smith
Mr. Calvin Smith has over 37 years of experience as a school educator. He began his teaching career in Fairfield County Schools where he worked with Orthopedically Impaired students and coached both football and basketball. He has experience as an Assistant Principal at the high school and elementary levels. He has also served as the Principal of an Alternative Program, Supervisor of Student Services, Hearing Officer, Director of Adult Education, and Director of Transportation, all in Fairfield County. He has served in temporary administrative positions in Richland Two at Blythewood Academy, Spring Valley High School, and now, Lonnie B Nelson.
Mr.Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education/ Teaching from Benedict College in Columbia,SC and Master of Science in Adapted Physical Education from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. His Administration and Supervision certification was completed at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.
Mr. Smith and his wife Sharon are the proud parents of three children, Zino, Myya, and Torrie. He looks forward to continuing his work at The Hive, where he will serve as our assistant principal for the remainder of the school year. He would like to extend a special thanks to the faculty, staff, students, and parents who have welcomed him to the Lonnie B. Nelson Family.
Mrs. Carol O'Connor
Mrs. Carol O’Connor is in her twenty-fourth year in Richland School District Two. She is in her ninth year serving as an assistant principal in the district. Before coming to Lonnie B. Nelson, she previously served as an assistant principal at Bookman Road Elementary. Mrs. O’Connor is a graduate of The University of South Carolina where she received her Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education. She has also received a Master’s Degree in Technology and a Master's of Science in Educational Leadership and Administration.
Mrs. O’Connor began her career in Richland Two as a third grade teacher. She later worked as a Math Coach and Technology Learning Coach before moving into an administrative position.
Carol is married and has one son, Alex who is currently enrolled at Lander University. Carol and her family reside in Lexington county. In her free time, she enjoys reading, camping and hiking.
Mrs. O’Connor is dedicated to the educational profession and is thrilled to be part of the LBN family. She looks forward to building relationships and helping students learn and grow!