Kristin Kiser, Principal
Kristin Kiser has served 20 years in the field of education. Prior to serving at Rankin as principal, Mrs. Kiser served as the principal of Pinewood Elementary for four years. Before working at Pinewood, Mrs. Kiser was the principal of Bessemer City Primary. She served in this capacity for two years. Other professional experiences include serving as a first, second, and fifth grade teacher collectively for 6 and one-half years at two elementary schools in Darlington County, South Carolina. She also served as a Title I Coordinating Teacher at Thornwell Elementary in Hartsville, SC for four years and as Federal Programs Coordinator for Chesterfield County Schools in Chesterfield, SC before returning to Gaston County. Upon her return, she served as assistant principal at Rankin Elementary and South Point High School, working alongside two legendary Gaston County administrators, Ron Foulk and Sherry Little.
A native of Belmont, Mrs. Kiser was educated in the Gaston County School System before earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Western Carolina University in 1991. She went on to earn a Masters Degree in Education from Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina and has furthered her education by attending Winthrop University and earning Administrative credentials by completing the Leadership Program there, accruing 30 hours above the Masters Degree level.
Mrs. Kiser continues to reside in Belmont with her family. She is a married mother of four children between the ages of 13 and 18. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, spending time with friends and family, traveling, and shopping.
Donna Kelly, Assistant Principal
Donna Kelly has served 16 years in the field of education. Prior to serving at Rankin, Mrs. Kelly was the Language Arts and Social Studies Instructional Specialist for Gaston County Schools. Other professional experiences include serving as a second and third grade teacher for 10 years and as a Schoolwide Enrichment Facilitator for 2 years at Belmont Central Elementary.
A native of Belmont, Mrs. Kelly is a product of the Gaston County School System. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western Carolina University in 1995. She later went on to earn a Masters Degree in School Administration from UNC-Charlotte.
Mrs. Kelly resides in Gastonia with her husband, Todd, and two daughters, Lylian and Averie. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, and spending time with family and friends.