Mr. John Kirell



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Mr. John Kirell

Hello EBES Families. I feel very fortunate to be beginning my 20th year in Rock Hill Schools as a member of the administrative team at Ebenezer Avenue Elementary School- Traditional, Montessori, and Inquiry. I am originally from Simpsonville, SC arriving to Rock Hill by way of Winthrop University where I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. Earlier in my career I taught third and fourth grade at Sunset Park Elementary School before becoming an Assistant Principal at Saluda Trail Middle School. Following my time at STMS I moved to Belleview Elementary where I served as principal for eight years before moving to Castle Heights Middle as the principal for a year and a half. It has been an exciting journey, but I am happy to be back at the elementary level where I am most passionate.

My wife, Sadie, is a Rock Hill “lifer” leaving only to attend Clemson University. She also works for the district in the capacity of Lead School Nurse. Our oldest daughter, Madison, is a product of Ebenezer Ave. and is entering her freshman year at Anderson University. Many of the teachers she had during her time at EBES are still current members of our staff which speaks to the strength and endurance of the school’s positive culture. We also have two younger children, Mary Ella and Charlie, who both attend the Spanish Immersion program at Richmond Drive.

I am looking forward to working with all of our families across the three programs. Together we will create a shared vision and culture that will bring to life our motto of “Three Programs, Two Buildings, One Family.” My classroom (not office) is always open to families with or without an appointment. I embrace any opportunity to begin building relationships that will best serve our school and its students.

Thank you for all the support you have shown and will continue to show your child along their journey. We live in a time where being a child is not always as easy and carefree as it should be. Collectively, we will create a safe and nurturing environment that protects our students academically, emotionally, and spiritually. No matter what program a student is enrolled in, he or she deserves to be safe and loved.


John Kirell

Principal- Traditional and Inquiry

Co-Principal- Montessori