Jennifer Killen, Head of School, is committed to serving Piedmont’s staff, students and parents daily. She strives to have a servant leadership style. Every student matters every day, so Mrs. Killen is very focused on individual student achievement and growth. It is a strong asset to her leadership to have the perspectives gained from serving Piedmont as a substitute teacher, teacher assistant, teacher, curriculum coordinator, Assistant Managing Director, Elementary Director and Head of School. With 18 years experience at PCCS, a Bachelors in Business Administration from USC-Upstate and a Master’s Degree in School Administration from the University of Phoenix, Mrs. Killen has the wisdom needed to lead Piedmont. Our Head of School is an instructional leader who uses data heavily to make informed program planning decisions.
Holly White, Elementary Director, is originally from Ohio, where she graduated in 2003 from Mount Union College with a degree in Middle Childhood Education. She has a master’s degree from Western Carolina University in School Administration. Mrs. White taught Language Arts for 8 years in middle school, three of those years at PCCS. Whether as a Challenge Foundation Fellow, an assistant director at the secondary campus, an assistant director at the elementary campus or as her current role of Elementary Director, Mrs. White brings proven leadership skills and expertise to Piedmont.
Kayla Woods, Elementary Assistant Director
Sheila Richards, Middle School Director, is going into her 17th year in education. She has taught 2nd and 3rd grade. Her experience also extends to time teaching seventh and eighth graders. She has a master’s degree in School Administration from Gardener Webb. She is in her 5th year in elementary administration at Piedmont.
David Benfield, Middle School Assistant Director, This is his 17th year in education, having spent 13 years in the classroom as a middle school and high school band director. He received his bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education from Western Carolina University in 2002 as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and completed his master’s degree in School Administration in 2019 from UNC Charlotte. Mr. Benfield looks forward to working with Piedmont families and helping to prepare students for a successful future!
Pamela Huffstetler, High School Assistant Director, She has over 20 years experience in education with specialized degrees in school administration and instructional technology. Previously she was the Assistant Principal for both Pleasant Ridge Elementary School and Ashbrook High School. She has also been the Director of Testing for Gaston County. As a community leader, Mrs. Huffstetler has been on Gaston College’s Career and College Promise Advisory Board, a Virtual Learning Study Team, Gaston County’s School Technology Review Committee, and much more.