What Does Leadership in CCSD Mean to You?

Being a Servant Leader means that you lead by example, you are the lead learner, and you are the coach that helps everyone around you be the best they can be. Whether you are talking about teachers, students, or parents, the leader takes a role that encourages and supports, but at the same time holds people accountable for the work that has to be done. Above all else, the leader believes in the vision and mission and knows that every person they support can achieve at high levels with the right supports in place.

Catherine MiddletonInterim Director of Elementary Learning Community

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Leadership in CCSD allows me to opportunity to serve others – teachers, students, parents, and my community.

Vanessa DenneyPrincipal at Early College High School

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Leadership in CCSD is an opportunity to create and foster change for all students. As a leader, you are the voice and advocate for the academic, social and emotional, and developmental needs of your students. A leader in Charleston County has the power to have a positive impact on each student’s life as we pave the way to create authentic, genuine experiences that prepare our student for successful futures.

Ashley DorseyPrincipal at Laurel Hill Primary School

Students are the Heart of Our Work

I’m thankful for the opportunity CCSD has given me to learn and grow as a leader who sees issues from multiple vantage points. Meeting and interacting with administrators and district leaders has helped me acquire a broader understanding of community needs, solutions to challenges in my school, and positive relationships with dedicated educators.

Shannon CookPrincipal at Charleston School of the Arts

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Leadership in CCSD means the opportunity to change our community by ensuring all students have access to a high-quality education. It means making a conscious decision to get in the fight even though you are surrounded by opposition because you know that every time a student walks across the stage at graduation, you have impacted the lives of all future generations.

Vanessa BrownPrincipal at Baptist Hill Middle/High School

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Leadership in CCSD is an opportunity to see our community through the eyes of its future. It is a commitment to change, growth and education. It is an honor and an amazing responsibility.

Kim JacksonPrincipal at Mount Pleasant Academy

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Leadership means never forgetting who one is leading and why. As a leader many attributes are necessary, but one that I keep in the forefront of all actions and decisions is that of service. Leaders must serve with integrity, compassion, and grit.  As a leader in CCSD, I owe my success to the students, teachers, and families I serve. The insurmountable amount of support and trust that is expressed to me has enabled me to grow as a leader. As an ever learning leader in CCSD, I am faithful to my purpose to serve and will continue to empower our most important leaders- our students.

Wanda Wright SheatsPrincipal at Charleston Progressive Academy

Students are the Heart of Our Work

CCSD fosters collegiality amongst its leaders. In doing so, this collaborative experience created, allows leaders to share ideas in order for all schools to excel. This platform is a great way for our leaders to learn, grow and serve scholars!

Dr. Joseph WilliamsExecutive Director of Middle School Learning

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Leadership is a privilege…I am lucky and honored everyday to influence the trajectory of students as well as other leaders in CCSD.

Michelle Simmons

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Leadership in CCSD to me is opening doors of opportunity for educators and students to allow for growth to reach potential, while also building a foundational support system to encourage each other. Understanding potential is not an easy climb, but rather a difficult leap that allows for and supports failure in order to promote overall growth.

Gayle MorrisInterim Principal at Thomas Cario

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Leadership in Charleston County School District is the willingness to serve others so our children can have the opportunities and guidance to become positive citizens in the community.

James WhitehairJames Whitehair, Principal at Laing Middle School

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Being a leader in CCSD allows me to positively contribute to students’ lives. It is is a job beyond one’s self that is extremely rewarding. Having the chance to ensure or change a child’s trajectory in life is an amazing endeavor. It has been a pleasure and a gift to be able to serve our Charleston community. CCSD is committed to academic excellence for all students and I am proud to assist in this mission.

Travis BenintendoPrincipal at Haut Gap Middle School

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Leadership in Charleston County School District means anticipating the needs of others and lighting a path so that teachers and students can SHINE.

Colleen KnauerPrincipal at Northwoods Middle School

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Leadership in CCSD means the opportunity to serve my community. As a product of CCSD as well as an alum of the school I lead, I have a deep dedication to preparing our learners for their future by putting them on a trajectory towards success. The diversity of CCSD provides myriad opportunities to impact the community. Charleston is a unique place that needs passionate leaders to meet its needs.

Kevin SmithPrincipal at C.E. Williams Middle School

Students are the Heart of Our Work


Charleston County School District Principals

Leadership means never forgetting who one is leading and why. As a leader many attributes are necessary, but one that I keep in the forefront of all actions and decisions is that of service. Leaders must serve with integrity, compassion, and grit.  As a leader in CCSD, I owe my success to the students, teachers, and families I serve. The insurmountable amount of support and trust that is expressed to me has enabled me to grow as a leader. As an ever learning leader in CCSD, I am faithful to my purpose to serve and will continue to empower our most important leaders- our students.

Wanda Wright SheatsPrincipal at Charleston Progressive Academy

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Leadership in CCSD allows me to opportunity to serve others – teachers, students, parents, and my community.

Vanessa DenneyPrincipal at Early College High School

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Leadership in CCSD means the opportunity to change our community by ensuring all students have access to a high-quality education. It means making a conscious decision to get in the fight even though you are surrounded by opposition because you know that every time a student walks across the stage at graduation, you have impacted the lives of all future generations.

Vanessa BrownPrincipal at Baptist Hill Middle/High School

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Being a leader in CCSD allows me to positively contribute to students’ lives. It is is a job beyond one’s self that is extremely rewarding. Having the chance to ensure or change a child’s trajectory in life is an amazing endeavor. It has been a pleasure and a gift to be able to serve our Charleston community. CCSD is committed to academic excellence for all students and I am proud to assist in this mission.

Travis BenintendoPrincipal at Haut Gap Middle School

Students are the Heart of Our Work

I’m thankful for the opportunity CCSD has given me to learn and grow as a leader who sees issues from multiple vantage points. Meeting and interacting with administrators and district leaders has helped me acquire a broader understanding of community needs, solutions to challenges in my school, and positive relationships with dedicated educators.

Shannon CookPrincipal at Charleston School of the Arts

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Leadership is a privilege…I am lucky and honored everyday to influence the trajectory of students as well as other leaders in CCSD.

Michelle Simmons

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Leadership in CCSD is an opportunity to see our community through the eyes of its future. It is a commitment to change, growth and education. It is an honor and an amazing responsibility.

Kim JacksonPrincipal at Mount Pleasant Academy

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Leadership in CCSD means the opportunity to serve my community. As a product of CCSD as well as an alum of the school I lead, I have a deep dedication to preparing our learners for their future by putting them on a trajectory towards success. The diversity of CCSD provides myriad opportunities to impact the community. Charleston is a unique place that needs passionate leaders to meet its needs.

Kevin SmithPrincipal at C.E. Williams Middle School

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Leadership in Charleston County School District is the willingness to serve others so our children can have the opportunities and guidance to become positive citizens in the community.

James WhitehairJames Whitehair, Principal at Laing Middle School

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Leadership in CCSD to me is opening doors of opportunity for educators and students to allow for growth to reach potential, while also building a foundational support system to encourage each other. Understanding potential is not an easy climb, but rather a difficult leap that allows for and supports failure in order to promote overall growth.

Gayle MorrisInterim Principal at Thomas Cario

Students are the Heart of Our Work

CCSD fosters collegiality amongst its leaders. In doing so, this collaborative experience created, allows leaders to share ideas in order for all schools to excel. This platform is a great way for our leaders to learn, grow and serve scholars!

Dr. Joseph WilliamsExecutive Director of Middle School Learning

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Leadership in Charleston County School District means anticipating the needs of others and lighting a path so that teachers and students can SHINE.

Colleen KnauerPrincipal at Northwoods Middle School

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Being a Servant Leader means that you lead by example, you are the lead learner, and you are the coach that helps everyone around you be the best they can be. Whether you are talking about teachers, students, or parents, the leader takes a role that encourages and supports, but at the same time holds people accountable for the work that has to be done. Above all else, the leader believes in the vision and mission and knows that every person they support can achieve at high levels with the right supports in place.

Catherine MiddletonInterim Director of Elementary Learning Community

Students are the Heart of Our Work

Leadership in CCSD is an opportunity to create and foster change for all students. As a leader, you are the voice and advocate for the academic, social and emotional, and developmental needs of your students. A leader in Charleston County has the power to have a positive impact on each student’s life as we pave the way to create authentic, genuine experiences that prepare our student for successful futures.

Ashley DorseyPrincipal at Laurel Hill Primary School

Students are the Heart of Our Work