Phone: (803) 476-4600


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Kelly Reese

My name is Kelly Reese, and I am excited about beginning my ninth year at Lake Murray Elementary.  I am so honored to serve as Principal of our WONDERFUL school!  

Before working at Lake Murray Elementary, I was a teacher at Sandhills Elementary School, as well as a Literacy Coach at Frances Mack Intermediate School. I attended the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!) where I earned a Bachelor's degree in English and two Masters' degrees in Elementary Education and Education Administration.

I find great joy in working with children, families, and teachers. I know the value of education and aim to help all students succeed and enjoy school.  Please let me know if I can ever be of assistance to you or your family.

In my spare time, I love playing with my children (Maggie and James), my Frenchies (Batman & Handsome), exercising, and traveling to new places...especially the beach and the mountains! 


Phone: 803-476-4613


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Brian Scott

My name is Brian Scott, and I am one of the Assistant Principals at Lake Murray. I grew up in the area, graduating from Chapin High School in 2000. I attended the University of South Carolina's Darla Moore School of Business with a degree in Finance and Business Management. After a couple of years in banking and real estate, I decided to pursue my passion for working with children. I reentered USC to obtain my Masters in Elementary Education.

Over the last 15 years, I have worked at two elementary schools in our district, teaching grades third through fifth. After receiving my Masters in Educational Administration, I served as the Administrative Assistant at Irmo Elementary. I am entering my 6th year at LMES, where I look forward to building on the wonderful relationships with our staff and community members. 

My family consists of my wife, Anne, and our five-year-old son, Benjamin, and two-year-old daughter, Barrie. Our administrative team is excited to serve your family any way we can in the coming school year.

Phone: 803-476-4612


Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Malisa Johnson

My name is Malisa Johnson, and I am the administrative assistant principal at LMES. I’m originally from California, and graduated from California State University, Bakersfield. I’ve obtained a Master’s degree in educational leadership and a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction, both from the University of South Carolina. Prior to coming to Lake Murray Elementary, I taught third and fourth grades at Oak Pointe Elementary School. I also taught first and second grade in California. My family consists of my husband, Scott, who is also an educator in District 5. We have three children- Emily is a senior at Springhill High, and our twins Elsie and Eli are eighth graders at Dutch Fork Middle. I'm excited about the school year, and look forward to working with the students and families at LMES.