Greenville, SC – Eight Greenville County Schools will open on Wednesday, August 22 with new principals

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Dr-DeeDee-WashingtonDr. DeeDee Washington has been appointed Associate Superintendent for Academics for Greenville County Schools. Dr. Washington has served the education profession for more than 20 years, most recently as principal of Brushy Creek Elementary School. She previously served in administrative roles including curriculum facilitator, principal, and personnel director, as well as 10 years as a classroom teacher.

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Lead Academy, a local charter school catering to grades five through eight, welcomes new and returning students for the fall at their new location.  To accommodate enrollment growth, the school now operates out of the Upstate Circle of Friends building located on Ridgeway Drive in Greenville.

The school commemorated their success with a ribbon cutting ceremony this summer at the new facility. Representative Karl Allen and Greenville County Council Chairman, Butch Kirvin attended the ceremony, praising the school for their commitment to providing quality education opportunities to upstate children.

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In addition to naming Will Ragland, Woodmont High drama teacher, the 2012-13 Greenville County Teacher of the Year, Superintendent W. Burke Royster today announced two Emerging Teachers of the Year.

Angie Lewis, a third grade teacher at Skyland Elementary School, was named the Elementary Level Emerging Teacher of the Year, while Adrienne Johnston, Spanish teacher at Riverside Middle School, was named Secondary Level Emerging Teacher of the Year.

The Emerging Teachers of the Year Program, sponsored by Greenville Federal Credit Union, recognizes a second or third year teacher for outstanding performance. Each winner receives $500, a crystal award, and $500 for their school.

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Greenville County Schools Superintendent W. Burke Royster announced the selection of Will Ragland, a drama teacher at Woodmont High School, the 2012-13 Greenville County Teacher of the Year.

Sherryan Yarbrough, a kindergarten teacher at Blythe Academy of Languages, was named first runner-up; Rex Smith, a science teacher at League Academy of Communication Arts, was named second runner-up; and Abigail Cook, a chemistry teacher at Wade Hampton High, was named third runner-up.

Six other finalists were named in this year’s program that exemplifies the “best of the best” in Greenville County Schools. They are: Matt Critell, kindergarten, Fork Shoals School; Jillian Grimsley, fifth grade, Stone Academy of Communication Arts; Jessica Jackson, special education, West Greenville School; Brian Morgan, art, Duncan Chapel Elementary; Sara Newell, fifth grade, Sterling School; and Jennifer Valenti, eighth grade Spanish, Northwood Middle.

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Education leader brings track record of charter school success

Legacy Charter School announced the hiring of veteran Greenville educator Fred Crawford as executive director of the school’s Elementary Campus and Parker Campus.

Crawford comes from Greenville Technical Charter High School, where he served as principal for 10 years. Greenville Tech Charter was the first charter school in South Carolina to be named a National Blue Ribbon School and in 2007 was honored as a National Charter School of the Year by the Center for Education Reform.

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Fifteen locations in Greenville County are providing free lunches and breakfasts* from Monday, June 4 through Friday, August 17 for any child 18 years of age or younger. Meals are provided without regard to race, color, sex, age, disability, religion or national origin. Some sites require enrollment in their program to receive free lunch and breakfast. Parents should contact a participating site for details and hours of service. Times may vary by location.

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