Administration

Mr. Jeff Matthews, Principal Email

Mr. Matthews has fifteen years of public education experience. He began his career as a fourth-grade teacher at Harmony Elementary School located in the Iredell-Statesville Schools in North Carolina in 2000. He was promoted to assistant principal at South Iredell High School in 2006 and served as summer school principal there in 2008. In 2010, he joined Memorial Primary in the Mercer County Schools in West Virginia as principal and transferred to Bluefield Middle School as principal in 2012 where he served with distinction.

Mr. Matthews holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Bluefield State College in Bluefield, West Virginia, and a Master of Arts in School Administration and Educational Leadership from Garner-Webb University in Statesville, North Carolina. He has elementary education and supervision certifications.

He received the West Virginia Principals’ Leadership Academy Distinguished Scholar Award in 2012. Mr. Matthews is a member of the West Virginia Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals and the West Virginia Secondary Schools Athletic Commission.  Mr. Matthews was awarded Middle School Principal of the Year for Lexington District One during the 2016-17 school year.

Mr. Matthews values family and a winning culture of excellence. He loves working with others to meet their goals and is excited for the opportunity to work with educators, parents, and young people at Pelion Middle School! Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Matthews for any reason.

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Elizabeth Whisennant, Assistant Principal  Email

Education: 

In 2004, Mrs. Whisennant received a bachelor’s degree in communication and information sciences from the University of South Carolina. She acquired a master’s degree in teaching in business education in 2006 and a master’s degree in educational administration in May 2011.

Experience:

Mrs. Whisennant formerly served as Pelion Middle’s assistant administrator for one year and computer education and keyboarding teacher for four years.

Areas of Certification:

  • Business Education
  • Secondary School Administration

Mrs. Whisennant loves serving students, working with their parents, and supporting education in other ways.  Her enthusiasm and passion for education spills over into all areas of the school. She loves interacting with students and teachers while fulfilling the varied tasks of an assistant principal.

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Richard Adams, Assistant Principal  Email

Education:

    • Bachelor of Science in Music Education, University of South Carolina
    • Masters in Education Administration, University of South Carolina

Experience:

Mr. Richard Adams has a total of eighteen years of experience in education including teaching middle and high school chorus, as well as coaching boys basketball. During this time, Mr. Adams and his performing groups had the opportunity to travel and compete in many music festivals throughout the Southeast (cities included Atlanta, GA; Virginia Beach, VA; Gatlinburg. TN; Orlando, FL; and Williamsburg, VA.)

Mr. Adams has three children, and resides in Lexington, SC with his wife Jennifer.  He is excited about being a part of the Pelion Middle School administrative team, and serving students/parents in Pelion, SC where he has served since 2013.

Areas of Certification:

  • Music Education
  • Secondary Principal

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