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Described by some as a “lightning bolt” for public education, Nancy J. Gregory has demonstrated throughout her 40 plus years of service that she is a visionary leader and team builder. Mrs. Gregory is a long-time educator who started out as a middle school teacher in Kershaw County Schools. Since joining the Richland Two staff in 1980, she has taught Science at Dent Middle School and Summit Parkway Middle School. She was a curriculum coordinator at Dent for three years; served as an assistant principal for one year at Forest Lake Elementary School and one year as interim principal at E. L. Wright Middle School. Mrs. Gregory became principal of Blythewood Middle School in 1999, a role she would have for nine years. At the District Office, her leadership responsibilities include being coordinator of instructional services, executive director of curriculum, instruction & professional development, and chief instructional officer.  

Mrs. Gregory’s educational toolkit is full of best practices for teacher recruitment and retention, specialized magnet programs for the unique learning styles of students, accountability, data assessment, clearly defined goals, collaboration, communication, innovation and more. 

She has been involved with regional and state education issues through a variety of leadership positions for the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) from president, executive board member, Palmetto’s Finest chairperson and president of the Middle Level Principals’ Division. She has been active in teacher recruitment and retention, data assessment, as well as developing specialized magnet programs in Richland Two. Under her leadership and direction as chief instructional officer, many magnet programs have received national certification from Magnet Schools of America as well as earned the distinction of being named National Demonstration schools that serve as innovation laboratories for others to learn best practices in theme-based education. She and her team have trained hundreds of National Board Certified teachers, the most respected professional certification available in education.

She has a career of noteworthy accomplishments. While principal, Blythewood Middle School earned several prestigious awards, including Palmetto’s Finest, a Red Carpet Award from the South Carolina Department of Education, Palmetto Silver Award, School of Promise flagship status and was named a national School to Watch. The school was a leader in technology and received the Intel Award of Distinction in Technology and South Carolina Technology Educators Award - Innovative Programs. Mrs. Gregory received individual state and national recognition by being named the state Middle School Principal of the Year by SCASA, and the MetLife and National Association of Secondary School Principals Middle School Principal of the Year in 2005-2006. Additionally, SCASA recognized her in 2007 with the William B. Harley Administrator of the Year award and in 2019 with the District Administrator of the Year award.

She holds membership in the educational organizations of Delta Kappa Gamma, ASCD and SC-ASCD. She has served on the Partner Advisory Committee for Francis Marion University, School of Excellence for Teachers of Students of Poverty; Advisory Board for SC TEACHER, a South Carolina Center for Excellence in Education Research; Advisory Board for USC Carolina TIP (Teacher Induction Program); district liaison for USC Professional Development Schools network; Midlands Education and Business Alliance (MEBA) Education Leaders Experience; South Carolina Department of Education – Collective Leadership Initiative Pilot; liaison for interns, student teachers and Science fellows for USC and Columbia College; and mentor for induction and aspiring principals for the district and state.

Mrs. Gregory holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Columbia College, a Masters of Elementary Education and a Masters +30 from the University of South Carolina.

Mrs. Gregory is a member of Shandon United Methodist Church and a community volunteer.  

Georgette Council, CEOE

Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

Kelli Johnson