Change in leadership at 4 Greenville County schools

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Greenville County Schools named new principals for four of its elementary schools and promoted Wade Hampton High School’s principal to director of Career and Technology Education (CATE) after a special called meeting Tuesday.

The new principals will be at Alexander Elementary, Bethel Elementary, Skyland Elementary, and Thomas E. Kerns Elementary schools.

  • Alexander Elementary: Johnnette Nesbitt, currently principal of Mary Bramlett Elementary School in Cherokee County School District, has 18 years of experience in education. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in learning disabilities, and an educational specialist certificate from Converse College.
JOHNNETTE NESBITT/Photo from Cherokee County School District
  • Bethel Elementary: Matthew Critell is in his sixth year as the assistant principal at Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School. Critell has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Youngstown State University in Ohio and a master’s of education in school leadership from Furman University.
MATTHEW CRITELL/Photo by Greenville County Schools
  • Skyland Elementary: Leah Stafford has 13 years of experience in education and is currently assistant principal at Simpsonville Elementary School. In November she was honored as Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. She has a master’s of education in curriculum and development and a master’s of education in administration and leadership.
Leah Stafford, assistant principal of Simpsonville Elementary School, was named 2019 SCASA Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year on Nov. 30.
  • Thomas E. Kerns Elementary: Ronda Simmons has 29 years of education experience and is currently principal of Edisto Elementary School in Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4. She has a master’s in education and an education specialist degree, and she has been named Teacher of the Year at three different schools.
RONDA SIMMONS/Photo from Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4
  • Career and Technology Education: Eric Williams, who has been the principal at Wade Hampton High since 2014, was promoted to director of CATE. Williams has a bachelor’s of science in physical education, a master’s in health and exercise science, and a master’s and education specialist degree in educational leadership.
ERIC WILLIAMS/Photo by Greenville County Schools

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