Our Leaders

Head of School

Jennifer Killen is committed to serving Piedmont’s staff, students and parents daily. She strives to have a servant leadership style.  Every student matters every day, so Mrs. Killen is very focused on individual student achievement and growth.  It is a strong asset to her leadership to have the perspectives gained from serving Piedmont as a substitute teacher, teacher assistant, teacher, curriculum coordinator, Assistant Managing Director, Elementary Director and Head of School.  With 18 years experience at PCCS, a Bachelors in Business Administration from USC-Upstate and a Master’s Degree in School Administration from the University of Phoenix, Mrs. Killen has the wisdom needed to lead Piedmont.  Our Head of School is an instructional leader who uses data heavily to make informed program planning decisions.

Elementary Director

Holly White is originally from Ohio, where she graduated in 2003 from Mount Union College with a degree in Middle Childhood Education.  She has a master’s degree from Western Carolina University in School Administration.  Mrs. White taught Language Arts for 8 years in middle school, three of those years at PCCS.  Whether as a Challenge Foundation Fellow, an assistant director at the secondary campus, an assistant director at the elementary campus or as her current role of Elementary Director, Mrs. White brings proven leadership skills and expertise to Piedmont.

Elementary Assistant Director

Kayla Woods 


Middle School Director

Sheila Richards is going into her 17th year in education. She has taught 2nd and 3rd grade.  Her experience also extends to time teaching seventh and eighth graders. She has a master’s degree in School Administration from Gardener Webb.  Easy to talk to and prepared to answer your questions, you will enjoy time spent with Mrs. Richards.  She is in her 5th year in elementary administration at Piedmont.


Assistant Middle School Director 

David Benfield  is excited to join the administrative team at Piedmont Community Charter as the Middle School Assistant Director. This is his 17th year in education, having spent 13 years in the classroom as a middle school and high school band director. He received his bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education from Western Carolina University in 2002 as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and completed his master’s degree in School Administration in 2019 from UNC Charlotte. Mr. Benfield looks forward to working with Piedmont families and helping to prepare students for a successful future!

High School Director

Ernie Bridges is the former Highland School of Technology Health Sciences Academy Coordinator. Mr. Bridges has 16 years experience of leadership in high school administrative roles.  His strong background in Science paired with his commitment to academic excellence is a huge asset to Piedmont.  His commitment to well-rounded programs shines when you consider his love of sports as he was voted Conference Coach of the Year in 1997, 1998, 2005, 2006 and 2007 for Girls Basketball.  With a master’s degree in school administration from Gardner Webb University and 28 years of experience as an educator, we are so pleased to have him on our team.


High School Assistant Director 

Mrs. Pamela Huffstetler is joining Piedmont Community Charter School as Assistant Director for middle school. She has over 20 years experience in education with specialized degrees in school administration and instructional technology. Previously she was the Assistant Principal for both Pleasant Ridge Elementary School and Ashbrook High School. She has also been the Director of Testing for Gaston County. As a community leader, Mrs. Huffstetler has been on Gaston College’s Career and College Promise Advisory Board, a Virtual Learning Study Team, Gaston County’s School Technology Review Committee, and much more.