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KCSD announces three new assistant principals

KCSD announces three new assistant principals
Becky Bean, (803) 432-8416 ext. 1229

Kershaw County School District announces three new administrative hires for the 2024-2025 school year.

  • Stephanie Beckley as assistant principal of Doby’s Mill Elementary School

  • Jennifer Bonds as assistant principal of Lugoff Elementary School

  • Detra Simmons as assistant principal of Blaney Elementary School

Stephanie Beckley

Stephanie Beckley returns to KCSD after serving as an assistant principal at Willow Drive Elementary School in Sumter during the 2023-2024 school year. Prior to this, she taught English at Camden Middle School for three years, and was a first, second, third and fifth grade teacher at Camden Elementary for 21 years. She began her career at Newington Elementary School where she taught for five years. Beckley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the College of Charleston and a Masters Degree in Education Administration and Leadership from Columbia College. She completed the KCSD Developing Administrators Program. She is married to Denny Beckley, and they have three children, Devin (25), Davis (19) and Delaney (16).

Jennifer Bonds

Jennifer Bonds joined KCSD in 2022 as a kindergarten teacher at Lugoff Elementary. Prior to this, she served for eight years as a child development teacher and SOAR Lead Teacher in Richland School District Two. She also previously taught at Bishopville Primary School and Fairfield Elementary School. Bonds earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina, a Masters in Education Degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from Walden University, and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University. She completed the KCSD Developing Administrators Program and is a member of Palmetto State Teachers Association. She is married to James Bonds, a Lugoff-Elgin High School graduate, and they have two children, Charlee (7) and Hollen (3).

Detra Simmons

Detra Simmons joins KCSD from Richland County School District One where she served as an assistant principal at Burton Pack Elementary School. Before serving as an assistant principal, she taught fifth grade in Richland School District Two and Lexington School District Two for ten years, and third grade in Orangeburg County for two years. Simmons earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Masters degree Educational Leadership from the University of South Carolina, and a Masters degree in Literacy with a focus in English as a Second Language from Clemson University. She completed the South Carolina Department of Education’s Foundations in School Leadership Program, and is a member of the South Carolina Reading Council, South Carolina Alliance of Black School Administrators, and the Carolina Alumni Association. Simmons is married to Stanley Simmons, and they have two children, Stanley (Tre) and Zoey.