Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary


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.

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Mr. Carlton Gamble

Assistant Principal

My name is Carlton Gamble. I am from the small town of Greeleyville, SC. My wife and I have a wonderful son who is the joy of our life. I am an alumni of Kingstree Senior High. After graduation, I attended South Carolina State University, earning my Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education in 2017. After moving to Columbia, my career began in a neighboring school district as a special education teacher for self-contained students, serving those with a variety of disabilities. Three years into my career, I earned my Master’s of Science in Instructional Technology from Grand Canyon University. Additionally, I earned a Master’s of Education in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University in June 2022.

In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, crafting, video games, being outdoors, cooking, and spending quality time with my family watching a nice movie or show. I am thankful for the opportunity to make this advancement in my career and look forward to working with the Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary family.

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Mrs. Carol O'Connor

Assistant Principal

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!  
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