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Lexington District One hires Pearson to lead White Knoll High School

On March 15, 2022, the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Nicholas W. Pearson as principal of White Knoll High School. Pearson joins Lexington District One after serving as the principal of Sumter High School, in Sumter School District, since 2015.

“Nick Pearson is a strong, trustworthy leader who has proven that he is dedicated to providing an empowering learning and working environment for students and staff,” said Superintendent Dr. Gregory Little. “We are looking forward to seeing what Mr. Pearson will bring to the White Knoll community as the new leader of the Timberwolves.”

Pearson began his career in education in 2006, when he stepped into the classroom at Wilson High School in Florence, S.C., to serve as the school’s agricultural education instructor. In 2007, Pearson moved to New Heights Middle School, in Jefferson, S.C., to serve as the school’s business education instructor.

Promoted to assistant principal of New Heights Middle School in 2010, he served in that position for three years. In 2013, he transitioned to Sumter High School to serve as one of the school’s assistant principals, a position he held for two years, prior to being promoted to principal in 2015 Pearson was promoted to principal of Sumter High.

During Pearson’s tenure at SHS, the school received the “Best of Sumter” Award for High Schools from 2016 to 2021. The school was also named a Special Olympics Unified Champion School.

Pearson graduated from South Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business. He also received a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix. He has a Tier 2 — Secondary Principal Certification as well as business/marketing/computer technology certification.

Pearson is a member of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and the Palmetto State Teachers Association and serves on the executive committee for the South Carolina High School League. Pearson will also serve as the master of ceremonies for the Special Olympics State House Rally in Columbia, March 29.