Berkeley County honors Principals of the Year

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County School District honored three of its best educators October 12.  The district named its three top principals - one at each academic level - with Principal of the Year awards.

The honorees for 2010 are Cross Elementary Principal Dr. Carolyn Myers-Gillens, College Park Middle Principal Ingrid Dukes, and Berkeley High School Principal Dr. Kim McLaren.  The group will serve as role models and ambassadors for the school district during the upcoming school year.

"These individuals demonstrate, among other things, a focus on high expectations, strong ties to the community, a clear focus and direction, a commitment to professional development and an emphasis on student learning," said district Superintendent Anthony Parker. "Their exceptional leadership skills help guide our team as we build a legacy of success for the students of Berkeley County."

The Berkeley County School District Principal of the Year award went to Dr. Carolyn Myers-Gillens.  The senior-most principal in the district has worked in Berkeley County schools since 1972, and has been a principal for 33 of those years.

"My third grade teacher, Mrs. Rosa White, instilled in me a love for learning," said Gillens.  "Daily in my work as the leader of Cross Elementary, I strive to inspire and motivate my students and staff to be the best they can be."

The three honorees are now eligible for the South Carolina Principal of the Year competition.

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