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Principal: Dr. Jackie Norton
Jaqueline Norton has been working in the field of education for the past 25 years. She began her career as a teacher at Jackson Elementary School in Kershaw County serving for 8 years as a fifth grade teacher. She completed another 5 years at Lugoff Elementary School teaching both 4th and 5th grades. After teaching for 13 years, she spent five years of her career as an Assistant Principal at Camden Elementary School before transitioning to Lake Carolina Lower in 2015.  
She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina, and went on to complete a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University, and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University. Lastly, she received a Doctorate of Education from Gardner-Webb University. 

She has been married for the past 24 years to Jack Norton Jr., and they reside in Columbia. She is a huge Gamecock and Dallas Cowboy fan, enjoys reading, spending time with family, and attends Sutton Branch Baptist Church in Lugoff, South Carolina. 

Dr. Norton is elated to be a member of the Lake Carolina family. She considers it an honor to be a Gator and serve the teachers, students, and community.  

Assistant Principals 

Mr. Gillcrese

Mr. Gillcrese (“Mr. G”) has been dedicated to public education for the past 17 years. He began his career in Lexington-Richland School District Five where he taught third grade at Ballentine Elementary School for two years and nine years at Oak Pointe Elementary School. During the 2014-2015 school year, he was honored to be named Oak Pointe’s Teacher of the Year. Later, he transitioned from the classroom to serve as the Administrative Assistant Principal at Oak Pointe for two years. In 2017, he came to Richland School District Two where he has served as an assistant principal for the last four years. 

He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Benedict College, where he was a member of the inaugural Call-Me-Mister program through Clemson University. He furthered his education by obtaining a Master of Education degree from Southern Wesleyan University, as well as a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Southern Wesleyan University. 

He is married to a loving wife of sixteen years, Alexandria, who is also an administrator in a neighboring school district. Together they are the parents of four beautiful girls. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, DIY projects, and road cycling. 

Mr. Gillcrese enjoys being a part of the Gator family and is dedicated to building relationships with the amazing students, teachers, and the Lake Carolina community.

Mrs. Knight

Dina Knight has been an educator for the past 9 years. She began her career as a teacher as a third grade teacher at Lake Carolina Elementary, for 2 years. When the school divided into 2 campuses in 2014, she moved to the upper campus, where she taught for 7 years.  While teaching at the Upper Campus, she was awarded Teacher of the Year for the 2018-2019 school year. 

Mrs. Knight obtained her Bachelor of Art degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina. In 2016 she later went on to receive her Masters in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education. 

She has been married to her husband Chris Knight for 10 years, and together they have 3 children, Maggie, Peyton and Bailey. In Mrs.Knight’s spare time she enjoys going to Carolina football games to cheer on her Gamecocks, as well as boating and vacationing with her family.  

Mrs. Knight is thrilled at the opportunity to serve her school and community in a different capacity as Assistant Principal. She will work diligently to ensure students, staff, teachers and parents most definitely sail beyond excellence.