MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - The three finalists for the Berkeley County School District superintendent position are each holding meetings with the community this week.
On Monday, Dr. Wanda Creel will speak with teachers, educators, parents and those in the community about what she brings to the table. This meeting
is an opportunity for questions and learning more about her vision for the future of Berkeley County academics.
Creel's most recent job was as Superintendent of Gainesville City Schools in Georgia. Now her focus is coming to Berkeley County. She said what drew
her to Berkeley County to begin with was the "One Berkeley" concept. She said it mirrors her belief that students, parents, educators and the community should work together to empower students for success and ensure they are prepared for their future.
"It's vital for our young people and crucial for us," Creel said.
Creel said it's evident the BCSD encourages a balanced approach to learning through academics, the arts and athletics. It's been her experience that students who are actively engaged are motivated and usually have higher achievement outcomes.
She said she didn't get into education to be in politics. She got in education to support children and as long as children are at the forefront of the decisions she doesn't think it's being political.
"Children are always going to come first in the decisions. Sometimes that means that I'm not going to make everyone happy. And that's okay because it's my job to be the advocate and the representative for children," Creel added.
Her initial focus would be to make sure teachers have the tools and resources they need in the classroom to determine where their students are in their learning and how they would adjust that so that they have the individualized support that they need.
"I will work to treat every child as though they are my child and make sure that they have what they need in order to be successful. I don't think any educator would do that any differently though." Creel said.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the school district's board room, located at 229 East Main Street in Moncks Corner.
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