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Meet our Administrators

Mrs. Melinda Johnson

Mrs. Melinda Johnson

I am a proud native of Camden, SC and have fond memories of attending Jackson School years ago.  I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to return as principal.  It is an honor to lead the next generation of Jackson students and build on the school's legacy of student leadership through the Leader in Me.

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at South Carolina State University and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision at Southern Wesleyan University.

This year I am entering my 19th year in education, and in that time I have taught third grade, fifth grade, Title I Math Intervention and I have also been a Title I Curriculum Facilitator and a Primary Talent Development Coach. My experience has taken my family up and down the east coast from Charleston County and Dorchester School District Two in South Carolina, Prince William County Schools in Woodbridge, VA and Montgomery County Public Schools in Silver Spring, MD.

For the past three years, I have served as an assistant principal at Doby’s Mill Elementary.  I am a member of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and have completed the Center for Executive Education Leadership (CEEL) Assistant Principal Foundations workshop, the CEEL Aspiring Principals program, and have the Read to Succeed Endorsement.

I'm excited to collaborate with the entire Jackson family to achieve great things together!”
Fun Facts about Me:
I reside here in Camden, SC with my husband, my children, Kaelyn and Gavin, and our Rhodesian Ridgeback, Zeke.  We are all huge fans of the Carolina Panthers.  I am a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Degrees and Certifications:
BS in Elementary Education, South Carolina State University
MED in Administration and Supervision, Southern Wesleyan University
Harriet Boykin-Garity

Harriet Boykin-Garity

Assistant Principal

Harriet Boykin-Garity is a new Assistant Principal at Jackson School!  Mrs. Boykin-Garity served as the assistant principal at Blaney Elementary School for the past four years. Prior to this role, Boykin-Garity taught at Jackson School for eight years, where she served as the first grade team leader, response to intervention coordinator and reading interventionist. Boykin-Garity completed the Kershaw County School District Developing Administrators Program and was named Jackson's Reading Teacher of the Year in 2015. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Arts degree from Walden University and an elementary school principal certification from Gardner-Webb University. She is a member of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and Palmetto State Teachers Association. She is married to Patrick Garity and they have one son.

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