Alysa Smith

LES welcomes Alysa Smith to our kindergarten team!

Alysa Smith attended and graduated Columbia International University with a Bachelor of Science in Bible and continued her education in graduate school to receive a Master’s of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. This will be her 3rd year teaching and is excited to be working with our kindergarten students.

Alysa is newly married and has a supportive husband. He loves cars and grew up around them through his grandfather’s business.

One interesting fact about Alysa is that she is a visual learner, so is a huge fan of picture books. Although, one of her favorite series growing up was Junie B. Jones.

In her free time you can find her spending time with family, having Sunday dinner, watching Clemson football, or taking occasional trips to the mountains. Alysa prefers the cold over heat and many times hopes for snow! She is looking forward to her first year at LES and spending time getting to know everyone! Welcome Alysa!

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Twila Lytton

Twila Lytton is joining our new 4K program this upcoming school year!

Twila is originally from West Virginia and has lived in SC for 11 years. She has worked at Red Bank Elementary for the last nine years. She has been a 4K assistant for the past six years and loves working with young children.

Twila has been married to Greg for 36 years and they have three daughters. The oldest and her husband have 2 little boys, the middle one and her husband have 2 grand-dogs and the youngest just graduated from White Knoll High School and will attend Charleston Southern University to study Choral Music education.

She is excited about moving to LES and we are excited to have her!

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Nan Janis

Welcome Nan Janis, our new Executive Secretary at LES!

Nan moved to Lexington from Alpharetta, GA, where she worked in the Fulton County School System for 11 years.  She’s originally from New Orleans, LA. 

Nan is married to Howard and they have 2 children, Abby (23) and Sam (18).  Prior to working in the school system, she was PTA president and very active in the school system as a volunteer.

Nan loves to play tennis, power walking, reading and shopping!  Nan looks forward to meeting and working with everyone – staff, students and families! Nan began her position the beginning of July!

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Kimberly McLemore, PE

We are thrilled to have Kimberly McLemore as our full-time Physical Education teacher this year. Kim has been part of the LES family since her oldest son started first grade here in 2009. She has been serving the school for the last four years as the part-time PE teacher and this year she will be the Head PE teacher.

Kim has been teaching on and off since 2001, taking a few breaks to stay home with her three children, all of which attend/attended LES.

She and her husband Dwayne, the Sports Editor at The State newspaper, have been married for 18 years. Kim is a die-hard Gamecock fan who loves going to Disney and spending time with her amazing family and friends! 

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Kerri Santulli

Welcome Kerri Santulli to our Special Education Program!

Kerri Santulli grew up in New York and moved to Lexington this summer. She went to Manhattan College and has advanced degrees from Penn State and Brooklyn College. Kerri taught Kindergarten in Nyack, New York, for one year and Special Education for 11 years.

Her husband, Alex, is a chemist at Nephron Pharmaceuticals. They have three children, Theresa (5), Savannah (4), and Thomas (9 months).

Kerri enjoys going to the beach, swimming, running and doing activities with her kids. She is looking forward to working at Lexington Elementary! 

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Emily Kline McCants

Introducing Emily Kline McCants, our new 5th Grade Teacher!

Emily is joining the 5th grade team at LES! She is originally from Pinehurst, NC. She is married to her wonderful husband, Tony. They have three beautiful children: Amylee (4), Anthony (2), and Anna (4 months). She has been teaching for six years in mostly first grade.

Emily loves the beach and Friday night lights! Her husband is an assistant varsity football coach at White Knoll High. So, her fall Friday nights are spent on a football field. Football is her favorite sport and she is a Gamecock fan! 

Welcome Emily!

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Kathy Shahoud

Kathy Shahoud – our full-time ESOL teacher!

Joe, Kathy, Drew & Megan Shahoud

We are so excited to have Kathy Shahoud full-time at LES as our ESOL Teacher.

She is married with two grown children. She has been in education for 26 years and is certified in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and ESOL ( English for speakers of other languages) While she has been at LES for the past 12 years, her time was shared with another school. Now she will be a full-time faculty member. Kathy not only loves helping our English learners succeed in school, but also loves working with their families. 

Kathy was also our 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year! LES is very fortunate to have her!

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LES Blowfish Baseball Night – this FRIDAY!

LES Blowfish Baseball Night – this FRIDAY!

Hello Wildcat Families!  

This Friday, July 19th, is our LES Lexington County Blowfish Baseball Night!   Every student participated in the reading program this past school year and ticket vouchers were sent home in report cards. 

The gates open at 6:00 pm for the 7:05 pm game.  All students will receive 2 General Admission tickets, the honor of marching in the reading parade on the field, 1 free carnival game and a free Blowie Snowie Shaved Ice! 

Students should meet near 3rd base by 6:45 pm to line up for the parade.  Fireworks to follow the game!  

We look forward to seeing you all there THIS Friday night! Lexington County Baseball Stadium, 474 Ballpark Road, Lexington SC, 803-254-3474,

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School Supply List and More!

We are busy this summer getting everything ready for the next school year. If you move over the summer or if your email address changes, please notify the LES office at 803-821-4000. Our office summer hours are June 10th – August 2nd, Monday thru Thursday from 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM. Beginning August 5th we will return to our normal school hours of Monday thru Friday 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

Class assignment day is August 15th. Everyone must provide current proof of residency in parent/guardian name at this time (Power bill, water bill, lease agreement, or closing statement). We will be open from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

LES Back to School Bash! Parent and student drop-in will be August 16th from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. It will be in the back of the school along the bus drive. Each grade level will have a tailgate tent set up where you can pick-up orientation packet from their teacher and drop off their school supplies. Children will have an opportunity to play on our new playground equipment! The school will be open to use the restrooms and find your child’s classrooms but they will be locked with the lights on for viewing only.

School starts back August 20th. Our school hours are 7:40 AM until 2:25 PM. Students are marked tardy if they are not in their classroom by 7:40 AM.

Parents can begin to apply for free or reduced-price meals on July 18, 2019. Parents must submit a new application each year. Only one application per family is needed. Please list all family members on one application. You can find the application for free or reduced-price meals online by going to the district’s website at, choosing the tab “DEPARTMENTS,” clicking on “Food Service and Nutrition” from the drop-down box, clicking on “Meal Benefit Application” and then clicking on “Apply Now”.  

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Lexington County Public Library Summer Reading Program

Lexington County Public Library visited our school to entertain our students with oral storytelling, read alouds, puppet show and trivia quizzes.  The theme this year is A Universe of Stories!  Students from LES that complete the reading program will receive a brag tag and older grades will be allowed an additional check out all year from the Learning Commons. So go to to register for the program and begin reading and logging in the time, Saturday, June 1st!

They will have their summer kick-off party, Wednesday, June 5th (last day of school), from 3-6pm. Activities include inflatables, rock wall, games, crafts and more. We’ll have snacks, too. For more information, call (803) 785-2630. (all ages)

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