Phone: (803) 432-8416


Degrees and Certifications:

2005-2009 Education Specialist Degree, Education Administration, University of South Carolina 2006-2007 Developing Aspiring Principals Program - Columbia Cohort (DAPP8), South Carolina Department of Education 1995-1997 Masters of Education, Education Administration, University of South Carolina 1985-1989 Bachelors of Art, English/Reading, University of South Carolina

Mrs. Virginia Catoe

Mrs. Catoe is the Director for Elementary Education and Early Childhood (CERDEP) for the Kershaw County School District and will support the instructional programs in our elementary schools (PK-5). She also works closely with the district's literacy coaches. Working with our Title I elementary and middle schools, she oversees Title I budget planning and Crate management, R2S Summer Reading Camp, and KRA and MyIGDIs assessments. Prior to becoming the Director, she served in the role as the Director of Early Learning and Literacy (OELL) at the South Carolina State Department of Education.  A career educator, Mrs. Catoe taught high school English before becoming an administrator at Leslie M. Stover School. For 16 years, she served as the principal of Doby's Mill Elementary School in Kershaw County.  She holds elementary, middle, and secondary certifications and has worked in these areas over her 30 year career. In 2010, she was named the Kershaw County Principal of the Year.

She has received training through the South Carolina State Department of Education serving as a Mentor for Induction Principals in our state. She is a graduate and has served as an alumni representative on the South Carolina Education Policy Fellowship (SC-EPFP) Board of Advisors and a current member and past Elementary Division president of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA). In 2007, she was named the Assistant Principal of the Year by SCASA. She is currently a member of the SCASCD Board of Directors and the South Carolina Literacy Leaders.

Mrs. Catoe is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she received her Bachelors, Masters, and Education Specialist degrees. She lives in Kershaw County with her husband, Marcos, a 1982 graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School, and her two sons, Gunnar, a 2020 graduate from the University of South Carolina and a member of the National Guard; Zane, a 2022 graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School; and Zeus, their Yorkie. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with local organizations, running, reading, and spending time with her family and friends cheering on her Gamecocks!