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New KCSD school administrators hired

Posted: August 16, 2018 4:24 p.m.
Updated: August 17, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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At its most recent meeting, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees named new administrators, including an eLearning director to assist the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) with digital education, two high school assistant principals and a middle school assistant administrator.

“The school board had approved a new administrative position in its (fiscal year) 2019 budget and allowed me to determine its focus,” said KCSD Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins. “I’m excited to be able to build on the technology that we have in place and further our efforts with digital education. We’re excited to have been named as a pilot district for the Education Oversight Committee’s program to use eLearning for weather make up days, but that is just one piece of what Dr. Isti Sanga will be doing as our new eLearning director.”

Not only has Sanga most recently served as the eLearning coordinator at Northern Illinois University (NIU), but he also served as a technology specialist degree cohort coordinator and adjunct instructor at NIU as well as a technology trainer at Rockford School District in Illinois. Prior to those positions, he was a clinical assistant professor and visiting assistant professor for the University of South Carolina (USC) where he received his doctorate.

“I’ve known of Dr. Sanga’s work, but didn’t realize he had a strong South Carolina connection until I took the job here,” Robbins said. “His background and experience in training teachers and in being a teacher will be extremely beneficial as well as the fact that Dr. Sanga is excited to return to the Palmetto State.”

Sanga received a doctorate in educational administration from USC, and a Master of Arts degree in Christian education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in pastoral ministries from Columbia International University. He earned a diploma in theology from the Evangelical Churches of West Africa’s (ECWA) Theological Seminary in Igbaja, Nigeria.

He served as the director of the South African Project: Teacher Opportunities Programme at USC and as an assistant principal investigator in the assessment of the Teachers Incentive Program for the S.C. Department of Education. Sanga was also a teacher of the Old Testament at ECWA Bible College in Kagoro, Nigeria, and a principal of the ECWA Advanced Bible School in Zabolo, Nigeria.

Robbins said he is also pleased to see other administrative positions filled by current and former KCSD staff persons.

“I am excited about the ideas and energy that these new administrators will bring to their jobs. They are off to a great start,” he said.

Leslie Stover Middle School (LSMS) Assistant Administrator Tarolyn Lee will serve as an assistant principal at Camden High School (CHS), replacing Judith McCray who took a position outside of the district. Lee previously served as a reading interventionist/writing teacher at LSMS and has taught at several middle schools in Richland School District 2 as well as in Texas. She was named as LSMS 2016-17 Reading Teacher of the Year and was Longleaf Middle School’s 2009-10 Teacher of the Year. She received a Golden Apple Award from LSMS and a Mustang Spirit Award from Muller Road Middle School.

Lee received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Mississippi State University and a Master of Education degree in school administration and educational specialist degree in educational leadership from Cambridge College.

North Central High School’s new assistant principal is Meredith Kirkland who previously taught at Camden Middle School and CHS before becoming a curriculum effectiveness specialist for E.L. Wright Middle School for the past two years. Kirkland is replacing Chad Dixon who was named as North Central Middle School’s principal. She was named as 2012-13 CHS Teacher of the Year and as a 2013 KCSD Honor Roll Teacher of the Year. She also served as the CHS business department chairperson, Beta Club sponsor and Teacher Cadet instructor as well as the district’s Train the Mentor Trainer.

A graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School, Kirkland received a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations, a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing/management and a Master of Science degree in educational administration from USC.

Pine Tree Hill Elementary School (PTHS) teacher Charisse Flowers will replace Lee at LSMS as the school’s assistant administrator. Flowers served as PTHS’ Title I coordinator and 2nd through 4th grade team leader as well as an instructional assistant at PTHS and Jackson Elementary School.

Flowers received an associate in arts degree in liberal arts from Central Carolina Technical College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Coker College. She is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix. She was named as PTHS’ 2016-17 Reading Teacher of the Year.

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