Veteran administrator Alvin Pressley has been named the new Director of Secondary Education for Lexington-Richland School District Five.

Pressley currently serves as executive director of high schools for Aiken County Public School District, a post he has held since 2017. After getting his start in education as a science teacher in 1998, he served as assistant principal and principal at several Midlands area high schools between 2002 and 2017. He will officially join School District Five on July 1.

“I’m honored and excited to join the School District Five family and serve as the new director of secondary education,” Pressley said. “I truly appreciate the opportunity to work alongside educators in my community and will always work to provide the best educational experience for the students and families we serve. I look forward to doing my part to continue the long tradition of excellence we have and providing top quality educational programs and services to our students.”

Pressley earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, an education specialist degree and Master of Education degree from the University of South Carolina. He has several certifications including one in secondary supervision and one as an ADEPT/SAFE-T Evaluator.

As an administrator, the schools under his supervision earned several awards including Palmetto Gold awards, Palmetto Silver awards for Closing the Achievement Gap and a national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) certification. He has served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, Inc. and as a Principal Induction Program mentor.

School District Five Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton said, “In our district this school year, we’ve been asking our staff to be intentional about realizing the impact they have on students, their coworkers and the community. When we look at Mr. Pressley’s body of work, we know he is someone who embodies the idea of intention and positive impact. He has a proven record of success and a true passion for serving students and staff. We’re excited to have him join us. Congratulations to Mr. Pressley.”

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