Principal's Welcome


Dear Stone Academy Families,

As principal of Stone Academy, it is my privilege to welcome you to the 2023-2024 school year.  The entire school community is committed to providing your children with the love, support, and tools they need to be successful in life and school.  If you have been a Stone parent prior to this year, you and I have hopefully already gotten to know one another and I look forward to seeing more of you this coming school year. For new parents and students, we welcome you and are excited to get to know you.

I have been at Stone for 11 years and in the Greenville County school system for 26.  I am a product of Greenville County Schools, having attended Augusta Circle, Hughes, and Greenville High. I received my BA in Language and International Trade from Clemson University and my education degrees from Furman University.  I am blessed to have a very close-knit family, including two nephews who are my pride and joy.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, traveling, socializing with friends and family, exercising, and attending Clemson football games.   

Our school theme this year is “Bee Inspired.”  This is somewhat of a continuation of last year’s theme of “Bee Kind.”  I was telling our staff just recently how much they inspire me.  I strive to do my best for and because of them.  They will inspire your children each and every day to dream big and accomplish great things.  We know every single child in this building can find success in whatever they choose to do. 

Due to the hard work of our staff, students, parents, and volunteers, we achieved great things last year.  I look forward to being able to share with you the amazing state test results that we achieved in May.  Our PTA continues to work on their goal of getting shade sails mounted for our newly renovated stage and are hoping to provide grants for our teachers this coming year. Our school-wide goals for 2023-2024 will remain the same, to increase academic achievement in all content areas for ALL students and to address our students’ social-emotional needs. Together, we can accomplish great things!

Our parents, including our fabulous PTA members, are also instrumental in providing our students with exceptional learning experiences.  I hope that each of you will consider joining our PTA and being involved in the many activities throughout the year that result in Stone Academy being the best it can be.  You will hear from members of our PTA Board on ways you can support their efforts but please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of them at any time.  Soon, they will have a dedicated website that you can get to from Stone’s homepage.

I am so fortunate to lead this amazing school community. Stone Academy is a special place and I hope that your experience here is a positive one. If I can be of assistance at any time, please feel free to reach out via email ( or phone (864-355-8400). Please don’t forget to create your Backpack account, as this will be where you receive your monthly newsletters and other important information throughout the year. I also send out weekly reminders via phone messenger so please make sure we have your current phone number on file in the office so you don’t miss important details. 



Suzanne Shouse