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New principals announced for CES, Pine Tree

Posted: July 2, 2013 5:37 p.m.
Updated: July 3, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Melissa Royalty

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Carol Przybyla and Melissa Royalty are the new principals for Camden and Pine Tree Hill elementary schools, respectively. The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees approved Przybyla as principal of Camden Elementary School and Royalty as principal of Pine Tree Hill Elementary School at its June 27 meeting.

Przybyla is currently the director of federal/state programs and a curriculum specialist for the Sumter School District. In the past, she served as an assistant principal at Chestnut Oaks and Kingsbury middle schools. She started her educational career as a language arts teacher at Manchester Middle School.

“Besides her outstanding administrative experience, she has a strong background in utilizing data for instructional decisions including gifted education, differentiated instruction and PBIS,” Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan. “Ms. Przybyla has a great deal of enthusiasm and is very excited about joining the Camden Elementary School team.”

Przybyla received her bachelor of science degree from Bowling Green State University and a master of education and education specialist degrees from Converse College. She previously worked as an adjunct instructor at both Converse College and the College of Charleston, and made presentations at numerous state and national conferences.

Royalty is currently an assistant principal at Killian Elementary School and served in the same position at Dent Middle School. She also has served as guidance counselor and teacher at several elementary and middle schools and started her educational career as a fourth grade teacher in Louisiana.

“In addition to her formidable administrative and teaching experience, she is extremely articulate about using school data and how it impacts instruction,” Morgan said. “I was struck by her passion for students and her absolute enjoyment of working in a school.”

Royalty received her bachelor of science degree from Concord University, two master of arts degrees from Phoenix University, and an education specialist degree from Cambridge College. A former school teacher of the year, Royalty also received the Janine Stafford Administrator of the Midlands Award from the Community and School of the Midlands.

Both principals assumed their new duties July 1. Morgan said that activities for the school communities to meet the new administrators will be planned in the near future.

(This information provided by the Kershaw County School District.)



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