• Michelle Corless


    Email lcorless@effingham.k12.ga.us
    Phone 912-728-5112


    Sand Hill Hornets are Honorable, Engaged and

    Safe.....and we STING!



    I am Michelle Corless, and it is an honor and privilege to serve as principal of Sand Hill Elementary.  This will be my second year as principal, and my 27th year as an educator.    I have been married for 23 years to my husband John, and we have twin boys, Johnathan and Graham, who attend Georgia Southern University. 

    I began teaching elementary music at Claxton Elementary and J.D. Dickerson Primary School in Vidalia, Georgia.  My family moved to Effingham County in 2007 where I taught first and fourth grades at Rincon Elementary, and I served as the Instructional Supervisor/Assistant Principal before coming to Sand Hill.  My Bachelor's degree is in Music Education, and I also have certification in Early Childhood Education.  I have a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University, and a Specialist's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University.  I completed the Effingham County Aspiring Leaders Program in 2011 and Aspring Principals Program in 2016.

    We felt very fortunate to have the traditional learning option during the 2020-2021 school year.  Our students were able to return to our building and find some normalcy during a very uncertain time.   Students and staff were able to participate in the many activities and events that are important to our culture and traditions.  

    Sand Hill Elementary students and staff will continue to focus on the dispositions of a good learner for the 2021-2022 school year.  Sand Hill Hornets.....STING!  These behavior will ensure that our students are prepared for a life time of learning.  

    S~ Self-Motivated

    T~ Take Time to Reflect

    I~ Innovative

    N~ Never Give Up, We Persevere

    G~ Goal Setters

    My goal as principal at Sand Hill Elementary is to continue the academic improvements and successes for our students while involving the community in these efforts.  All staff members work diligently to prepare our students academically and socially.  This is more important than ever before in our community and our district.  

    I look forward to another wonderful year at Sand Hill Elementary.  Please do not hestitate to contact me with questions or concerns at lcorless@effingham.k12.ga.us.


    Our Vision:  Engaging learners for future success.

    Our Mission:  Make every moment count because every student matters.




Last Modified on July 19, 2021