Denise Khaalid


  • Assessment
  • Instructional tools
  • Parent involvement
  • Professional development
  • Reading and literacy
  • STEM education
  • Teacher development
  • Teacher evaluation
  • Teacher support

Denise Khaalid is the principal of Oakdale Elementary School STEM Magnet in Rock Hill, S.C.  Prior to her principalship, she served as a high school assistant principal for nine years, most recently at South Pointe High School in South Carolina. In 2012, she was recognized as the National Assistant Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and Virco. Khaalid began her career in education as an eighth-grade English teacher and later implemented the Middle School Reading Initiative (MSRI) as her district’s first middle school literacy coach. In this capacity she taught graduate level courses and traveled to four middle schools on a weekly basis to coach 25 teachers. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in educational leadership from Winthrop University.