Principal's Corner


April Sanders, Principal


Fortunate to be a good ole’ southern country girl, home for me is Mcconnells, SC. Accustomed to feeding chickens, hanging clothes outside to dry, and aiding with the yearly gardening duties, hard work comes natural. I grew up snacking on cucumbers, spending ample time outdoors, and attending family functions regularly. As an adult, I still engage in all of those activities. Enough about the old days.......

Upon graduating high school, I attended Charleston Southern University. In 2012, I graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Elementary Education.  Shortly after, I began teaching third grade at Williams Memorial Elementary School. During my time there, I was named Rookie Teacher of the Year as well as Teacher of the Year. In conjunction with teaching, I obtained my Master’s degree in Elementary Administration.  For the past three years, I have served as the Assistant Principal/ Curriculum Specialist of St. George Middle School. 

I am beyond ecstatic to join the Clay Hill Elementary School family. It is an honor to serve alongside such an illustrious group of people in a loving and nurturing community.  I have been welcomed with open arms and look forward to what is to come. Students, know that I want nothing but the best for you, and you are my top priority.  Parents, know that we are a village. I hope to cultivate a culture where our students can be educated, loved, and challenged simultaneously. Community members, my door is always open. Feel free to swing by! We are in this together. Finally, to the exuberant staff of CHE, we are a team without limitations. Let’s continue to thrive and make our students’ experiences at The Hill unforgettable.

It would be remiss of me to not acknowledge the nervousness of reopening schools due to the pandemic. We are working tirelessly to guarantee the necessary steps are being taken to ensure everyone’s safety as it is a top priority. I believe these times are ephemeral, and we will overcome. Be encouraged. It is going to be a great year, family!! Let’s strive for greatness, compete for excellence, and attain success. 

Miss Sanders