District Five names new principal for H. E. Corley Elementary School

Veteran educator Melanie Harris has been named the new principal of H. E. Corley Elementary School. Harris will replace Jason Pollock who is moving to a new role at the District Office.

“I am absolutely delighted to continue to serve the students, faculty and staff, and community of H. E. Corley Elementary School Leadership & Montessori Magnet School in this new role,” Harris said. “I look forward to partnering with the H. E. Corley family and community to ensure that students continue to be Leaders and Learners for Life. I am a proud graduate of School District Five and I look forward to pouring back into the community that has poured so much into me. I am grateful for this opportunity and blessed to serve the H. E. Corley community and School District Five.”

Harris has been a professional educator since 2007. She attended Winthrop University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. Harris also earned a Masters of Education in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Education in Divergent Learning from Columbia College. She has served as an assistant principal at H. E. Corley Elementary since 2017. Prior to joining administration at
H. E. Corley, she served as an administrative assistant principal at Chapin Elementary and a classroom teacher at Oak Pointe Elementary and Richmond Drive Elementary in Rock Hill. This year she was named the South Carolina Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA).

“Ms. Harris is an exceptional leader who has a passion for serving students and supporting teachers,” said Superintendent Akil E. Ross, Sr. “She has built valuable relationships with staff, teachers and the H. E. Corley community over the years which will help the school continue to thrive. I look forward to the continued success of H. E. Corley under her leadership.”