Palmetto School Staff


Mrs. Starnes

I am a Rock Hill native and went to public schools here: Richmond Drive, Ebenezer Ave., Sullivan, and Northwestern. After high school, I attended the College of Charleston where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and then my Masters of Education in Early Childhood.  We returned to Rock Hill to raise our 3 children who are amazing adults now.  I have taught in Charleston and Rock Hill Schools for 13 years, most recently kindergarten at Ebenezer for 9 years.  I am happily married and have a blended family with 7 grown children, 4 grandchildren, and 1 very spoiled chocolate lab named Bella.  I love gardening, cooking, traveling, learning new things, bird watching in my backyard, and Folly Beach is my favorite place.  I am happiest wherever I am with my husband and family!  I am so excited to begin the 4K program at The Palmetto School

Ms. Comer

Hello Everyone!  I am so excited to be joining the Palmetto School family this year!   I am a native of Rock Hill and live here with my three children Wyatt, Levi, and Harper. I just recently graduated from Liberty University with my Bachelors  Degree and I have experience traditional and Montessori classrooms. I am an avid reader and a huge lover of any and all things Disney. I am so excited to start my journey here at the Palmetto School and look forward to many years here!

Mrs. Downs

Hi my name is Susan Downs and I am the 3rd to 5th grade teacher.  I recently moved to Fort Mill South Carolina from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and I absolutely love it here. I hold a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and a certification to teach English as a Second Language.  Teaching has always been my passion and I look forward to this next chapter at the Palmetto School.  Outside of the classroom I love spending time with my family, going to the beach, and riding our horse Tucker.

Mr. Carraway

My name is Mr. Carraway, and I am the 6-8 grade Social Studies and ELA teacher.  I was born in Darlington SC and attended Winthrop University in from 2002 – 2006 where I received my Bachelors of Science in Communication. After attending college and leading a very creative career, I entered the classroom as a substitute teacher.  After a number of years as a substitute teacher, I decided to pursue another career as a certified teacher. I am an avid lover of the arts as well as design.  In my limited spare time you can find me relaxing with my dog, Mr. Benjamin, watching countless shows from the National Geographic channel.

Ms. George

My name is Karen George.  I graduated from The University of Central Florida in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in exceptional child education. Then, in 2000, I earned my master’s degree in educational leadership from Winthrop University. I taught in Florida for 7 years before moving to Rock Hill. I taught in Rock Hill for 3 years before having my children. I gave up teaching for 11 years to stay home with my children.

Hello Palmetto Families! I am the Assistant for the 4K program at The Palmetto School.  I have lived in Rock Hill for 17 years.  I live here with my fiancé Kennie and three kids, Navaya, Izaiah, and Alijah. We also have three very spoiled dogs, a kitty, and a lizard I have rescued.  I enjoy working with children, helping them learn and grow! The excitement they have when they learn something new is so contagious! 🙂  I love to cook, read, listen to music, work out, spend time with family, church, and volunteer with The Isaiah 117 House!  I have worked in Special Education, after school programs, in home daycare, daycare assistant mgr. and as a children’s director.  I have earned an Associates and Bachelors from University of Phoenix and continue to learn through Teachers of Tomorrow SC.
I am excited to be a part of such a special program.

Ms. Gordon

Hello Palmetto Family!
    My name is Nijule Gordon. I have been in the teaching field since 2014. Teaching has always been my passion. It is a pleasure to be apart of The Palmetto School as the behavioral interventionist, where I can be a great help to make sure each child continue to grow and accomplish their goals. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if there is anything I can do to be a help. I look forward to meeting and getting to know each child. One thing they will know in my class is that they are ALL WINNERS!
Thank you!
Ms. Gordon