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July 18, 2011

Meet Our New Leaders!- Part 2

In this second installment of Charleston County School District's (CCSD's) profiles of new school leaders, learn about five new administrators for the 2011-2012 school year.

And in case you missed it, be sure to catch up with the Meet Our Leaders- Part 1.

Burke Middle & High

Maurice CannonName & Position: Maurice Cannon, principal

About This Leader: A product of the state’s K-12 public education system, Mr. Cannon received an undergraduate degree from South Carolina State University and Masters degrees from The Citadel in Educational Leadership and Secondary Supervision.  In addition to teaching at two other secondary schools, Cannon has served as a teacher, an assistant principal, and the dean of the middle grades program at Burke Middle & High.  His experience as an administrator also includes work as an associate principal at Baptist Hill High School and as the principal of West Ashley Middle School.  Cannon is committed to closing the achievement gap, building partnerships with the community, and educating the whole child. He is a proud husband and father, who loves every minute spent with his sons.  The family enjoys exploring beautiful Charleston and admiring the city's architecture and gardens.

In His Words:

  • What excites you most about being a new principal at your school? "The opportunities to increase the levels of performance for all students at Burke excite me the most."
  • What are your big-picture goals for this year? "My goals are based on educating, exposing and empowering students. First, we will use the CCSD coherent curriculum to educate students. We will take time to expose students to learning experiences outside the classroom, and we will help empower them to become agents of positive change in their community."
  • What message do you have for the parents and students of your school? "We must strengthen our partnerships with and commitments to each other, knowing that doing so will yield great rewards for our community."

Hursey Elementary

Timothy SchavelName & Position: Timothy Schavel, principal

About This Leader: Before returning to CCSD and beginning his tenure at Hursey Elementary, Dr. Schavel served as an assistant principal in Berkeley County since 2006. He brings expertise in implementing the Everyday Math curriculum and using data to assist with student achievement. Prior to his administrative experiences, Schavel was "Teacher of the Year" while at Jennie Moore Elementary School in 2005.  In his own time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer and three children Savannah, Rebeccah, and Jakob. In addition, he enjoys exercising, serving as a greeter at his church, and coaching soccer and baseball at the YMCA.

In His Words:

  • What excites you most about being a new principal at your school? "What most excites me about being the new principal at Hursey Elementary is the opportunity to work with a highly-qualified staff and wonderful students to focus on continuous student achievement and community engagement."
  • What are your big-picture goals for this year? "Big picture goals for the year include creating sustained community partnerships, providing an atmosphere of positive learning with an increase in academic rigor and growth, and working simultaneously with our traditional curriculum and Montessori magnet program towards raising student achievement. "
  • What message do you have for the parents and students of your school? "I am excited for the opportunity to work with each member of the Hursey family. The success of our students must come from all of us working together as a team towards our goals."

Moultrie Middle

Anna DassingName & Position: Anna Dassing, principal

About This Leader: Moultrie Middle's new leader brings extensive experience working in Charleston County schools-- serving as a teacher specialist with the state at the Military Magnet Academy for three years followed by two years as a CCSD learning specialist and four years as an assistant principal at Stall High. Ms. Dassing is a proven and Nationally Board Certified educator with a Masters of Administration and Supervision and over 13 years of classroom experience. She is an amateur photographer and a naturalist at heart, who enjoys being outside at the beach or in the woods. She has been married for 20 years, and the couple has a son entering the sixth grade this year.

In Her Words:

  • What excites you most about being a new principal at your school? "I am thrilled to have been selected as the new principal of Moultrie Middle. I was a middle school science teacher for almost ten years so I am very excited to be working with middle school students again. I love their passion and energy, and working with young people is never boring."
  • What are your big-picture goals for this year? "Moultrie has a rich tradition of excellence in academics, athletics, arts, and student activities. My goal is to continue this tradition in helping all students reach their full potential. We will work to continue to raise the academic bar to ensure that our students are learning at the highest levels and are well-prepared for the rigors of high school and beyond. My mission is to support students and teachers and to do whatever it takes to ensure that every student is successful. Middle school is an exciting time in a young person's life. While I hold high expectations for student achievement, I will also nurture our students and ensure they enjoy school."
  • What message do you have for the parents and students of your school? "Moultrie Middle School is a wonderful place to grow and learn! We love our students and their families, and this is going to be another great school year!"

St. James-Santee Elementary

Joe SampsonName & Position: Joe Sampson, interim principal

About This Leader: Mr. Sampson assumes this new position at St. James-Santee Elementary in his tenth year in education. He spent six years as an art teacher in North Carolina's Gaston and Charlotte Mecklenburg's schools, where he served on the school leadership team and the Positive Behavior Intervention Supports team. He has received numerous professional accolades including being named rookie teacher of the year and and new teacher of the year. Since joining CCSD, he has participated in the district's Principals for Tomorrow program and has worked as an assistant principal at Brentwood and Zucker Middle Schools. When he is not working, Sampson values drawing, painting, spending time with his family and playing basketball, tennis and golf. 

In His Words:

  • What excites you most about being a new interim principal at your school? "I am excited about the family atmosphere at the school, and I know that the community is very close-knit.  I look forward to immersing myself in the culture and traditions at the school, while building on the strong academic foundation in place."
  • What are your big-picture goals for this year? "Goals for this year include 1) increasing opportunities for academic growth through writing across the curriculum and 2) encouraging parental awareness and student achievement by showcasing more active and involved students, and increasing parental involvement opportunities."
  • What message do you have for the parents and students of your school? "At St. James-Santee Elementary, we provide a rigorous, safe, caring, family environment where the staff and community work to ensure the academic success of all students."

Zucker Middle of Science

Jake PerlmutterName & Position: Jake Perlmutter, interim principal

About This Leader: Though not a stranger to the Zucker Middle School of Science community, Mr. Perlmutter brings to his new position a passion for education, several years of classroom experience, and a strong history of leadership in both the the private and educational sectors. Before starting his tenure as an assistant principal at the partial magnet school when it opened in August 2009, Perlmutter worked in New York as an English teacher, a dean of students, and a head coach. In his spare time, Perlmutter pursues his passions for both the outdoors and exercise by running, cycling, and playing soccer. He also enjoys fishing, surfing, swimming, and boating in the Lowcountry's aqueous playground. He also loves reading, gardening and spending time with his wife and two young daughters.

In His Words:

  • What excites you most about being a new interim principal at your school? "I am thrilled to be a part of the next chapter in the success story of Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science."
  • What are your big-picture goals for this year? "I plan to continue our successful literacy programs, incorporating our new Sixth Grade Academy. I am excited to receive a third annual "Community of Readers" recognition for our efforts in remedial help for struggling readers and challenging grade-level students. In addition to the successes we have had with literacy, I look forward to further defining our science programs so that we are promoting the most science-savvy eighth graders to high school."
  • What message do you have for the parents and students of your school? "Is it August yet?! I look forward to continuing partnerships with students, parents, staff, and the community. With an intimate knowledge of the school's people and programs, I think that we are poised to build on the positive momentum from the last two years!"
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