Phone: 803-476-4682


Degrees and Certifications:

* Ed.S. School Counseling (Certified K-12th), University of South Carolina * B.A. Early Childhood Education (Certified PreK-5th), Georgia College and State University * National Board Certified Teacher * Teacher of the Year, Harbison West Elementary School, 2012-13 * Teacher of the Year, Lake Murray Elementary School, 2018-19

Mrs. Abby Dreher

I am honored to continue serving students at Lake Murray Elementary school this 2023-24 school year.  This is my 16th year in education and my 12th year as an elementary school counselor. I started my career as a kindergarten teacher in Jackson, GA before moving to the district to teach at Harbison West Elementary School. With this being my 7th year at LMES, I am extremely excited to continue working with the students, families, and faculty at Lake Murray Elementary.


When I am away from school, I enjoy spending time with my husband, David, and our two daughters, Amelia and Adalyn. I also enjoy sewing, cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs, reading, and bible art journaling.


(Mrs. Dreher serves third and fourth grade.)

Phone: 803-476-4644


Degrees and Certifications:

M. Ed. Counselor Education, The Citadel B.S. Early Childhood Education, College of Charleston

Mrs. Erica Whatley

I am so excited to continue to serve as one of your school counselors here at Lake Murray! This is my 15th year in education and my 11th year as a counselor. I proudly grew up in District 5 schools and graduated from Dutch Fork High. I previously taught special education preschool and first grade for 4 years in North Charleston before serving as a school counselor at Ballentine Elementary. 


I live in Chapin with my husband, two children, and our Pug named Olive. I love helping children learn and grow each day. I am looking forward to having a great 2023-2024 school year with your child! Please feel free to contact me. I am here to help!  


{Mrs. Whatley serves first and second grade.} 



Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Holly Steadman

***More information to come.****  

Mrs. Steadman currently splits her time between Chapin Elementary and Lake Murray Elementary.  She serves our kindergarten students and is at LMES on Mondays and Wednesdays.