Phone: 803-438-4055 ext. 8401


Degrees and Certifications:

Elementary Education Master of Education, Arts Integration Master of Education, Administration and Supervision National Board Certified

Mrs. Alana Powers

I am proud to be a Kershaw County native! I graduated from Camden High School in 1995. I am a 1999 graduate of Winthrop University where I received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. In 2004 I received a masters degree in arts integration from Lesley University. In 2008 I became a National Board Certified teacher. I have been working in Kershaw County School District since 2001. In 2013 I was blessed to be the teacher of the year for Camden Elementary as well as the first alternate district teacher of the year for Kershaw County. I received a masters in administration and supervision in 2017 from Southern Wesleyan University. This is my fifth year at DME! I served four years as the assistant principal and am blessed to be the principal this year for the first time. I am married to a wonderful man and we have three wonderful sons and one beautiful daughter. We live in Camden with most of our family surrounding us with love and support! I am currently enrolled in the doctoral program at Liberty University where I am focusing on Educational Leadership. I love people and building relationships! I am proud to be able to continue to serve DME in this new role. 

Assistant Principal - Melinda Johnson

Phone: 803-438-4055 ext. 8428


Degrees and Certifications:

Elementary Education Master of Education, Administration and Supervision

Mrs. Melinda Johnson

I am so excited to have been chosen to serve as the Assistant Principal at Doby’s Mill Elementary School. I am a proud native of Camden, South Carolina and a graduate of South Carolina State University where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I  then attended Southern Wesleyan University, where I received my Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision. Entering my 16th year in education, I have taught third grade, fifth grade, Title I Math Intervention and I have also been a Title I Curriculum Facilitator. My experience has taken my family up and down the east coast from Charleston County and Dorchester School District Two in South Carolina, and Prince William County Schools in Woodbridge, VA. My last two years were spent as a Primary Talent Development Coach for Montgomery County Public Schools in Silver Spring, MD. My husband, my two children, Kaelyn and Gavin, and our Rhodesian Ridgeback are looking forward to relocating to Kershaw County. 

“I am so excited to be joining the Doby’s Mill Elementary Family. I am committed to working closely with the DMES family to help our students achieve their full potential next year and in the years to come.”