The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees voted recently to hire Camden native Steve Abbott as the district’s new professional development director. Abbott replaces John Gardner, who recently retired.
“I am excited to have someone with as extensive a background in professional development as Mr. Abbott has to take on this critical role,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan.
A graduate of Camden High School, Abbott received his bachelor of arts from the University of South Carolina where he is completing his doctorate in educational leadership. He also earned his master of education from Virginia Commonwealth University.
For the past 20 years, Abbott served as an education associate at the S.C. Department of Education (SCDE) where he co-directed the S.C. Professional Development Academy and co-authored and disseminated the S.C. Professional Development standards. He also served as the project director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Technology Grant for School Leaders and developed the Implementation Guide for School-to-Work used by all 87 of the state’s school districts.
Abbott also oversaw the Title III, migrant education and homeless education budgets for the state of South Carolina and provided overall leadership, direction and accountability to the SCDE’s Office of Federal Programs.
“I am excited and humbled that the school board, Dr. Morgan and Tim Hopkins have the confidence in my ability to positively impact the students in Kershaw County,” Abbott said. “I look forward to working together with the teachers and administrators in the district to continue to develop and refine a culture of professional learning for all employees.”
(This information provided by the KCSD.)