Welcome to Pinehurst Elementary!

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Principal Dianne Benton

 Dianne Benton is in her 8th year as a Principal in Charleston County School District at Pinehurst Elementary School.  Ms. Benton obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Winthrop College in 1987. After working at the district level in Berkeley County, Ms. Benton decided to enroll in the Masters of Administration and Supervision program at The Citadel. Ms. Benton graduated with honors from The Citadel in 2003.

Upon completion of her graduate work, Ms. Benton moved to CCSD to take a position as Teacher Coach at North Charleston Elementary School.  After her time at North Charleston Elementary, Ms. Benton accepted the position of Assistant Principal at Midland Park Elementary School. Ms. Benton transitioned from Assistant Principal to Principal of Midland Park Elementary and brought over grades 2nd-5th to Pinehurst Elementary when Midland Park Elementary split in 2010.

Ms. Benton was awarded Charleston County School District’s Star Rookie Principal Award in 2012. Under the leadership of Principal Dianne Benton, Pinehurst Elementary School has piloted and participated in the U.S. Department of Education Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) Grant and the U.S. Department of Education Race To the Top-District Grant. Pinehurst Elementary School was awarded the Palmetto Silver Award for Closing the Achievement and the Palmetto Silver Award for General Performance in Achievement in 2013 and was awarded the Palmetto Silver Award for Closing the Achievement Gap and the Palmetto Gold Award for General Performance in Achievement in 2014.

At Pinehurst Elementary, we will help each child reach his or her maximum potential and prepare every individual with world class knowledge, world class skills, and life and career characteristics.  Our school’s mission is to educate the whole student in preparation for secondary education and becoming a productive citizen within nurturing environment.

Assistant Principal Ian James

       My name is Ian James and I have been part of the administrative team
at Pinehurst Elementary for five years.  I have been with the Charleston County School District
for nine years. Previously, I worked for two school districts in Washington State.  Each and everyday, I look forward to going to work
because there are few life experiences greater than seeing the joy in a child's face
as they learn.  To make sure this is a daily event, I work to ensure that
the school's vision drives highly effective instructional practices.

Please never hesitate to contact me if you have questions and/or concerns. 
I can be reached at (843) 824-8728 or at

Quote by Leena Ahmad Almashat:  "Those who don't jump will never fly"

Say it with me now... It's a beautiful day at Pinehurst!