Greg Watchinski – Principal
Mr. Gregory Watchinski became Principal at Carolina Springs Elementary in 2012. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Principal at CSE beginning in 2007 when the school first opened. Before coming to South Carolina and CSE, Mr. Watchinski worked in Indian Prairie School District 204 in Naperville, IL. He served from 2005-2007 as the Student Services Coordinator at Spring Brook Elementary. Prior to entering administration, Mr. Watchinski was in the classroom for eight years teaching 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration, both from Northern Illinois University.
Mrs. Jan Flynn joined the CSE family at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year, having served previously as Assistant Principal at Gilbert Elementary School for seven years. Mrs. Flynn taught on the high school level for twelve years and on the elementary level for one year before becoming an administrator. She is a graduate of Gilbert High School in Lexington District One. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy. She received certification in Elementary Administration from the University of South Carolina. Mrs. Flynn is currently certified in Physical Education (K-12), Elementary Principal, and Elementary Supervisor.
Sandy Cherry – Assistant Principal
Mrs. Sandy Cherry began her teaching career in 1990 at Lemira Elementary School in Sumter, South Carolina. Since then, she has taught all grade levels, kindergarten through fifth grade, in five states and two countries while a military spouse. She joined Lexington School District One in 2014 as a fourth-grade teacher at Saxe Gotha Elementary School where she received Teacher of the Year honors in 2015–2016. She was an Assistant Administrator at Pelion Elementary School prior to moving to Carolina Springs Elementary School as an Assistant Principal. Mrs. Cherry earned a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. She is currently certified in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Elementary Principal. Mrs. Cherry is also endorsed in Gifted and Talented Education and is a Read to Succeed endorsed literacy teacher. Mrs. Cherry and her family are sports enthusiasts who love the Gamecocks and the New England Patriots!