Phone: 843-292-1009


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Christopher Coleman

Mr. Christopher Coleman is a transformational servant leader who believes in the success of 100% of his students. Leading with a vision and a growth mindset are just two of the many characteristics evident in Mr. Coleman’s leadership style. “While there has been some progress in education, compared to a rapidly changing world, it has become archaic in some practices. In many cases, today’s students learn in very different ways from when I was in school. No longer memorizing formulas or facts, students must be creative, flexible, and able to think critically.” 

Mr. Coleman was born and raised in Miami, FL, and is a proud graduate of THE Florida State University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education. Mr. Coleman later earned his Masters of Education degree from Union University. Before becoming the Principal at the Alfred Rush Academy, Mr. Coleman served as Assistant Principal at West Florence High School. Mr. Coleman recently completed his School Management and Leadership certificate from the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at Harvard University. “I am honored to serve as the Director at the Academy. We are the ‘intensive care unit’ of Florence One Schools. The faculty and staff here are dynamic, reflective practitioners with growth mindsets to get the job done. Thank you to the F1S Board of Education, Dr. O’Malley, Mr. Hall, and the Rush Academy community for the opportunity.”

Assistant Principal

Phone: 843-758-6847


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Leshaun Mathis

Mr. Leshaun Mathis is a leader that focuses on showing support and providing vision to his colleagues and students. His life experiences and reflective nature makes him approachable to all and intentional about sustaining positive relationships. As a developing leader, Mr. Mathis has been effective and successful in this volatile time in education because of the high expectations and standards he sets for himself. “Excellence does not require perfection, but it demands reflective efforts.”

Mr. Mathis was raised in the Peach Capital of the World, Johnston, South Carolina. Mr. Mathis graduated from  USC of Aiken, Augusta Barber College, Augusta State University, and USC of Columbia, where he is currently pursuing Education Specialist - Education Leadership. Before becoming the Assistant Principal at The Alfred Rush Academy, Mr. Mathis served as an Assistant Principal at Airport High School. This experience granted him the opportunity to make the front page of the “State Newspaper” by supporting students and parents. “I am ecstatic to be a part of Florence One Schools. I am confident Florence One will prepare me to be dynamic, transformational, and authentic due to the innovative tutelage of Mr. Coleman, Mr. Hall, and Dr. O’Malley, and Alfred Rush Academy staff and community.”