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Meet our Administrators

Mrs. Estelle Benson

Mrs. Estelle Benson

Principal

Mrs. Estelle Benson has been serving the Kershaw County School District in education since 1995. She has served as a principal, assistant principal, and teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Winthrop University, a Master of Education degree from Francis Marion University, and an Educational Specialist degree from Cambridge College. She holds the Transformational Leader endorsement from the State Department of Education, and she is also a National Board Certified educator.  Her husband is LeRicko Benson, and her children are Devonte' and Amariya. 

Degree & Certifications:

Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Cambridge College

M.Ed. in Remediation, Francis Marion University

B.S. in Elementary Education, Winthrop University

Transformational Leader Endorsement, State Department of Education

Superintendent Certification, Cambridge College

National Board Certification, Middle Childhood Generalist

R2S Endorsement, State Department of Education

Dr. Chandra Richardson

Dr. Chandra Richardson

Assistant Principal

My name is Dr. Chandra Olivia Richardson.  I consider it an honor and privilege to work among such a fine group of teachers, staff, parents, and leadership teams. 

As a native of Lugoff, South Carolina, my early years of education were in the great halls of Lugoff Elementary, Lugoff- Elgin Middle, and Lugoff-Elgin High.  In my primary year, I taught at Lugoff Elementary, Lugoff Elgin Middle School, and Stover Middle School for more than 20 years of experience.  My educational development is from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, my Masters in Education in Divergent Learners from Francis Marion University, my Education Leadership Degree, and a Doctor of Education from South Carolina State University.  As a part of the leadership team, I will work with our leaders and all of you to carry out the vision of Jackson School.

“It is a great day to Be Great, and You Were… Born for Greatness!”

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Master of Education in Remediation
Gifted and Talented
Education Specialist
Doctorate of Education
Read to Succeed Certification
AP Foundations: Silver Strand

Mrs. Kimm McDonald

Mrs. Kimm McDonald

Assistant Administrator

I am so proud to be in Kershaw County School District where my dad and grandparents were born and raised! I am a passionate educator who taught for 21 years. I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BAIS in Elementary Education. I have a Masters from AIU in Elementary Ed./Instructional Technology. I also have my ED.S from Capella University in Educational Leadership.

I am all around passionate about Education. I have been Teacher of the Year six times. I have provided staff development to teachers across the state, including presenting at Magnet School Conferences, Stem School Conferences, Avid Conferences, Mastery Connect Conferences, Social Studies State Conferences, and many more. I love spending time with my family and friends. I love to travel, play the piano, sing, write poetry, dance, create custom wedding pieces for individuals, cook, and work in my garden and yard at home.

I am a veteran Junior Beta Club Sponsor and believe that ALL children can learn when given the right support. My mission is to inspire every child to believe that Knowledge Is Power!!!  It is important that children are taught how to be 21st Century learners in a world where they can be successful both socially and academically. 

I am so glad and proud to join the Administrative staff at Jackson Elementary School!  I am proud to be a Jackson Bear!!!!

-Bachelor of Arts Degree- University of South Carolina/Elementary Education
- Masters Degree-American Intercontinental University/ Elementary Education/Instructional Technology
- ED.S Degree -Capella University/ Educational Leadership
- Avid Certified
- 21st Century Certified
- Gifted and Talented Certified Teacher
- Principal Certification
- Elementary Supervisor Certification