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James Ann Lynch Sheley

James Ann Lynch Sheley photoJames Ann Sheley, Ed.D, returned to Richland Two in 2015 after serving five years as the director of elementary schools for Lexington County School District One. Dr. Sheley most recently served as Chief Planning and Initiatives Officer and will continue to oversee Accountability and Evaluation, and Grants for the district. 

During her previous tenure in Richland Two, Sheley served as principal and helped open the first Lake Carolina Elementary School, which is now Lake Carolina Elementary Lower. Her 12 years in Richland Two also include three years as principal at North Springs Elementary. She began her education career as a teacher at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School in Kershaw County School District, where she also served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal at Lugoff Elementary, and curriculum coordinator for the district.

Sheley holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Newberry College, a Master of Education in administration from Winthrop University, and a Doctorate of Education in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She serves on the board of the S.C. Arts Alliance and the S.C. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Her long list of honors include the 2013 Newberry College Hall of Master Teachers award, 2010 Alpha Delta Kappa Excellence in Education Award, and a South Carolina educator representative for cultural exchange program with China.

James Ann Sheley, Ed.D