Kershaw County School District Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Connie Long and former Camden High School (CHS) Principal Reggie Dean were two of three recipients of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the S.C. Association of School Administrators (SCASA).
“This is another example of the outstanding talent that we have among our employees,” said KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan. “Both of these individuals have devoted their lives to the service of young people, and the benefits that our community has received from them are numerous. I extend my congratulations to both of these fine administrators.”
Prior to joining the district, Long served as an assistant superintendent with Beaufort County Schools. Before that, she was an education associate with the S.C. Department of Education where she directed the S.C. Principal Evaluation Program. She has also served as an assistant principal and principal in Richland School District 1 and as an elementary teacher in Rock Hill School District 3 and the Chester County School District.
Earlier this year, Long was named 2014 Woman of the Year by Camden First United Methodist Church where she teaches Sunday school and is a member of the choir and the United Methodist Women. Long was president of SCASA in 2012-13 and chaired the organization’s Personnel Division two years prior to that. She has also served as the president of the S.C. Network of Women Administrators in Education and been featured in JET Magazine.
Dean currently serves as director of secondary education in Lexington-Richland School District Five. He served as CHS principal for 16 years and was named SCASA’s S.C. High School Principal of the Year in 2004. Dean was twice named Kershaw County Principal of the Year and has served two terms as AAA State Conference President and two terms on the S.C. High School League.
Dean’s career as a principal spans 20 years including serving as the principal at Camden Middle School and North Central High School. He started his teaching career at Camden High School where he also served as a coach and assistant principal. Dean also taught and coached at Manning High School and served as an assistant principal at Camden Middle School.
Dean is a member of Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church and has served as a board member of the United Way of Kershaw County. He has served as the president of the Camden Kiwanis Club and chairman of the Kershaw County Communities in School.
Sandra Welch from Greenville County Schools was the third recipient of the 2014 SCASA Lifetime Achievement Award.