Assistant Principal

Phone: 803-425-8970 extension 7616


Degrees and Certifications:

Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership, Liberty University Education Specialist in Educational Leadership, Liberty University National Board Certification in Early Adolescent ELA Elementary and Secondary Principal Certification Middle School ELA and SS Certification Read to Succeed Endorsement Talented and Gifted Endorsement Master's of Education in Elementary Education, Wilmington University Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Notre Dame College

Dr. Tammy Small

      I'm so excited to return to Lugoff-Elgin Middle as the Assistant Principal. They do say, "Once a Leopard, always a Leopard."  This will be my 21st year in education. 21st year in 2021! What a funny coincidence! For the past three years, I was the Assistant Principal at Pine Tree Hill Elementary in Camden. Although I loved my time at Pine Tree Hill, I have a special place in my heart for middle-level education. From 2012-2018, I served at LEMS as an ELA teacher (2012-2014), interventionist (2014-2017), and Assistant Administrator (2017-2018). I grew up in Lynn, Massachusetts, which is a city right outside of Boston. I earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in English in 1996 at Notre Dame College. In 2000, I received a Master’s in Elementary Education and began teaching in Dover, Delaware.  I moved to South Carolina in 2005. Since then I've taught in two other districts in South Carolina. I also taught for a year in Louisiana before joining Kershaw County School District. In 2011, I earned an Ed. S. in Educational Leadership with principal certification. In 2020, during the craziness of the pandemic, I earned my Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.  

      During my senior year of college, I married my husband, Glaysen in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. My husband served in the U.S. Air Force until retiring in 2010. He is a now teacher in Sumter School District. My husband and I have two children. My daughter, Cassidy, is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Beaufort, and is finishing her Master's in Exercise Physiology at Liberty University. My son, Glaysen, is a junior at Clemson University studying to be an electrical engineer.  In my free time, I love to travel, especially to Disney World, and I love spending time with my family. I am excited about this year, and I look forward to working with you all. If you need anything, please feel free to contact me. I can be reached through email or by phone. My email is