Phone: 843-664-8171


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Francis Marion University Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of South Carolina Certificate to teach Learning Disabilities from Coastal Carolina University

Mrs. Valerie Pridgen, M.Ed.

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! My name is Valerie Pridgen and will be teaching 6th grade Science here at Moore Middle School.  I have over 20 years of teaching experience and have previously taught students in all grades K-12 and students at Florence Darlington Technical College. 

I am from Florence and graduated from Florence Christian School. I earned a BS Degree in Elementary Education from Francis Marion University and an M.ED Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina.  I earned my certificate to teach students with Learning Disabilities from Coastal University.  I firmly believe that "Learning is a journey, not a destination", and that all students should have that opportunity to help them succeed in the future!

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the beach, doing floral design, and DIY projects/crafts. I am married and am blessed to have two grown children. My son is studying to become a doctor and is a combat medic for the South Carolina Army National Guard, and my daughter is a  Certified Medical Assistant and the mother of my sweet granddaughter.

You may contact me at or at Moore at 843-664-8171 if you have any questions or concerns. Email is the quickest way for me to reply.  I hope that you and your student have a  wonderful school year! Lion Strong, Lion Proud!