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 and three children. Brittany lives in Greer with her husband and daughter.


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

Sandra Taylor began her educational career in 1991 at Blue Ridge High School as a science teacher and has also worked at Travelers Rest High, Riverside High and Northwest Middle. She taught all levels of Physical Science, General Science, Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy/Physiology and 7th grade Science. Mrs. Taylor has a Masters in Secondary Administration and an Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership, both from Furman University and has served as an Assistant Principal for over 10 years.

Mrs. Taylor enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys. When time allows, they often find themselves on adventures, such as camping, hiking and trout fishing. Mrs. Taylor enjoys working in their garden and spends part of the summer canning and freezing fruits and vegetables.

Mrs. Taylor currently serves as the 8th grade administrator and loves working with the Blue Ridge community, where her career began.


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 16-year-old daughter who is a sophomore 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, the following 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 at 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 third 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 his daughter Kate attends one of the local elementary schools.  The family has two cats and two dogs.  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

Kristen Garrett began her teaching career in 2000 as an ELA middle school teacher in Maryland.  After moving to South Carolina in 2017, she taught ELA for 4 years.  In 2021, she joined the Blue Ridge School community as the Instructional Coach.  

Mrs. Garrett has three children: Jacob, Jordan, and Mitchell. Jacob settled in the Raleigh area after graduation from college.  Jordan graduated from Mauldin High School and is in Greenville.   Mitchell will be a junior at J.L. Mann High School.   When she is not on the sidelines of one of Mitchell’s lacrosse games, her favorite place to be is with her family in Pawleys Island, SC.  

Mrs. Garret is very excited for her 3rd year as a coach at Blue Ridge Middle!