For her work promoting literacy, Pine Tree Hill Elementary School Principal Lisa Shannon has been named the South Carolina International Reading Council’s (SCIRA) Administrator of the Year.
“Dr. Shannon has done a great job of making sure more students are reading on grade level, which is a critical factor in their success,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan. “Improving students’ reading abilities will help them increase their skills in all other subjects.”
Under Shannon’s leadership, the school has incorporated K-2 daily literacy groups. Students in upper grades participate in novel studies and meet daily to discuss important elements of reading, such as problem solving and characterization.
Student participation in the school’s Accelerated Reading (AR) program has also fundamentally increased the past few years. Student achievement is displayed in the halls and students’ successes are celebrated throughout the year including announcements on the school’s morning webcast and quarterly AR parties.
Pine Tree Hill Elementary was recognized earlier this school year as one of the top three schools in the state by the South Carolina Association of Title I Administrators for closing the achievement gap.
“We’re proud of Dr. Shannon’s leadership and pleased to see her recognized at the state level,” Morgan said. “She is an outstanding role model.”
Prior to being named principal of Pine Tree Hill in 2008, Shannon was principal at Baron DeKalb Elementary School.
She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, having earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1995; master’s degree in educational administration in 2002; and doctorate in educational administration in 2008.
The mission of SCIRA is to promote literacy through the improvement of reading instruction, to encourage reading as a lifetime tool for learning and to foster the formation of the reading habit.