BRMS Administrative Team

Mrs. Karen Bullard

Mrs. Karen Bullard, Principal

Mrs. Bullard began her teaching career in 1989 as a chemistry teacher in North Carolina.  After moving to South Carolina in 2002, she taught chemistry at Camden High School, while also working toward an administration certification. In 2005, Mrs. Bullard became the Director of the Freshman Academy at Camden High School, a position she held for five years. During that time period, she earned an Education Specialist Degree from the University of South Carolina. In 2010, Mrs. Bullard became the principal of Lugoff-Elgin Middle School. She joined the Blue Ridge Middle School family as principal in 2018.

Mrs. Bullard's greatest pleasure comes from spending time with her family. She and her husband, Clay, have been married over 30 years and are blessed to have two daughters, Peyton and Brittany. Peyton lives in NC with her husband Erik, and they have three precious children, Hudson, Marley, and Parker. Brittany lives in Greer with her husband Kyle, and they have a sweet new daughter, Lana.


Mrs. Sandra Taylor, Assistant Principal (8th Grade)Mrs. Sandra Taylor

Sandra Taylor began her teaching career in 1991 as a science teacher at Blue Ridge High School. She taught all levels of Physical Science, General Science, Biology and Chemistry. She also served as a science teacher at Riverside High where she developed the Anatomy and Physiology program. Mrs. Taylor holds a Master’s Degree in Secondary Administration and has 6 years of administrative experience, serving as an Assistant Principal of Blue Ridge High School.

Mrs. Taylor’s pride and joy is her family. Her husband, Jody Taylor, is the Grounds and Terminal Manager of GSP International Airport and she has two sons. Her oldest son recently graduated from Spartanburg Community College with a degree in Horticulture and her youngest son is currently in 6th grade at Northwest Middle School. She enjoys spending time with her family camping, hiking, and gardening.

Mrs. Taylor is very excited to be joining the Blue Ridge Middle School family and is looking forward to working with the wonderful members of the Blue Ridge Community.


Jay Grady,  Assistant Principal (7th Grade)

Mr. Jay Grady

Jay Grady began his career in middle school education as a 7th grade social studies teacher at Parker Middle School.  Since then he has been a teacher and administrator at 4 other Greenville County Middle Schools. Mr. Grady is an alumnus of Lander University and Furman University.  His hobbies include working in the yard, sports, and painting. Mr. Grady is married and has a 15 year old daughter who is a freshman in high school.

Mr. Grady is very excited to be the 7th grade administrator at BRMS. He loves BRMS and hopes you will as well.





Video:  Grady Introduction Video 




William Gillette, Administrative Assistant (6th Grade)

Mr. Gillette began his teaching career in 2012 after graduating from the University of South Carolina.  His first teaching position was as a social studies teacher in Sumter, South Carolina.  Then next year he moved back home to Greenville and took a position at Greenville Early College.  While there, he co-taught social studies and English.  During that time, he became interested in administration and completed an administrative program from Clemson University.  In 2017, he moved to Travelers Rest, South Carolina and became a teacher at Northwest Middle School.  In 2020, he was afforded the opportunity to teach in the GCSD Virtual Program and started working on his doctorate.  After a successful year virtually, he joined the Blue Ridge Community as an administrator.  This is his second year in administration at BRMS.

Mr. Gillette’s family is everything to him.  His wife Erica works as a patient coordinator for Novus Orthodontics, and is daughter Kate is starting her first year of school.  The family has two cats and a dog.  In his free time, Mr. Gillette enjoys spending time with his family hiking, boating, hunting, fishing, and cooking.



Kristen Garrett, Instructional Coach (IC)

Kristen Garrett

My name is Kristen Garrett, and I will be the new Instructional Coach this year!  I am very excited to be a part of the Blue Ridge community! This is my first year in this role; I have taught English Language Arts in middle school for 21 years.  My passion is curriculum and instruction, and I cannot wait to make an impact in this new position.  My family and I relocated to Greenville a few years ago from Maryland, and we love it! I have three children;  Jacob, a recent East Carolina University graduate who lives in Greenville, NC; Jordan, a recent graduate of Mauldin High School; and Mitchell, a rising freshman at J.L. Mann High School.  When I am not working, I enjoy family time, the beach, musicals, and traveling to new places.  I am looking forward to a new year at BRMS!!