Lauren Corn Selected as next Principal at Pickens High

Mrs. Lauren Corn named Next Principal of Pickens High School 

We are extremely confident in our selection of Mrs. Corn as the next Pickens High School principal,” said Superintendent Dr. Danny Merck. “Her extensive experience in various roles within our district, particularly in the Pickens area, and especially her recent contributions as Assistant Principal at Pickens High, positions her uniquely to build on the school's achievements and guide our PHS students towards exceptional educational outcomes.

Mrs. Corn has a background in education marked by roles of increasing responsibility and impact in the School District of Pickens County. She has most recently served as Assistant Principal at Pickens High School, where she has been instrumental in coordinating master scheduling, student support systems, and special education services. Prior to this, as an Instructional Coach and School Testing Coordinator, she was key in implementing Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and many school improvement initiatives. Prior to this, Corn taught at the elementary and secondary level, earning the honor of Teacher of the Year at both Pickens High School (2018) and Liberty Elementary (2014). 

She earned a B.S. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and a Master's degree in Educational Administration and Supervision both from Southern Wesleyan University, and also added an endorsement for Special Education in 2011. From 2021-2023, Mrs. Corn was a cohort member of the School District of Pickens County's inaugural Leadership Academy, a training program designed to prepare, develop, and provide hands-on experiences for future leaders of the School District of Pickens County.

I am overjoyed and honored to step into the role of principal at my alma mater, Pickens High School,” said Mrs. Corn. “I am committed to fostering a dynamic educational experience and learning environment that nurtures success both in and out of the classroom, preparing students for the world of college and careers. I look forward to serving our Blue Flame Family by working collaboratively with our dedicated staff, students, and the community to continue our tradition of excellence at Pickens High School. Go Blue Flame!”

Corn, her husband Zac, and their two children (Ross and Ellis) reside in their hometown of Pickens. 

Mrs. Corn begins her new role on July 1, 2024.