Lexington District One hires/promotes educators to assistant principal
At the April 26 and May 10, 2022 meetings, the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees approved the hiring and/or promotion of seven educators to the position of assistant principal at schools across the district. These new assistant principals will begin on July 1, 2022.
Tiffany A. Wagner was promoted to the position of Carolina Springs Middle School’s assistant principal. She currently serves as the school’s digital learning coach. At CSMS, she serves on the CSMS Leadership Team, where she works with the school’s leadership team to provide formative feedback to teachers around instructional practices and the school’s goals/work plan. Wagner began her career in education at St. John’s High School on Johns Island, SC, working as the school’s English teacher, a position she served in for three years. During her time there, she was named Rookie Teacher of the Year and the personalized learning demonstration teacher. In 2016, Wagner joined Lexington District One and worked at River Bluff High School for three years as an English teacher and model classroom teacher. In 2019, she joined the team at CSMS.
Wagner has a Bachelor of Arts in English, and master’s degrees in educational administration and teaching from University of South Carolina. She participated in the Lowcountry Writing Project at The Citadel. She is participating in the Lexington District One Aspiring Assistant Principals program.
Brandon S. Schirmer joins Deerfield Elementary School as the school’s new assistant principal. He currently serves as the assistant principal at Round Top Elementary School in Richland School District Two, a position he has held since 2018. At RTES, Schirmer planned and facilitated professional development; developed curriculum and instructional strategies; and administered schoolwide and classroom behavioral strategies. He also created and led the New Aviator Cohort professional learning community to provide support for first- and second-year teachers; the Empowerment Club to support students through character building; and The WingMen Club to provide mentoring to staff, students and community members. Prior to serving as assistant principal, Schirmer served as a physical education teacher at Bookman Road Elementary in Richland Two for seven years and was the 2017–18 Teacher of the Year. He received a Bachelor of Science in education from University of Tennessee, and master’s degrees in teaching and educational administration from University of South Carolina.
Michelle W. Brazell was officially named assistant principal at Meadow Glen Elementary School. Brazell has served as interim assistant principal at MGES since February 2022. She is also the lead interventionist/instructional coach at Pleasant Hill Middle School. Brazell first stepped into the classroom at Bookman Road Elementary in Richland School District Two, where she taught fourth and fifth grade. In 2005, she joined Lexington District One, teaching middle-level math at White Knoll Middle School for almost 10 years. In 2015, Brazell was named the lead interventionist for both Carolina Springs Middle School and PHMS.
Later that year, she was named the interventionist/instructional coach at PHMS. Brazell has a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education, as well as a Master of Arts in divergent learning from Columbia College. She also has a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from University of Phoenix.
Misty M. Johnson will serve as the new assistant principal of Oak Grove Elementary School. She currently serves as the literacy coach at Carolina Springs Elementary School. A National Board Certified Teacher, Johnson has 20 years of experience in the classroom. She began her career at University of South Carolina Aiken, serving as the university’s coordinator of alumni affairs. She moved to Savannah to work at Savannah College of Art and Design, first as the coordinator of student affairs, then as the assistant director of student involvement. Johnson first stepped into the classroom in 2002, teaching third grade at Herbert A. Wood Elementary School in Lexington School District Two. She then moved to Harrisburg, NC, to teach third grade at Harrisburg Elementary School. Johnson returned to South Carolina to teach in Fort Mill School District, teaching fourth grade at Springfield Elementary School, then at Sugar Creek Elementary School. She joined Lexington District One in 2012, teaching fourth grade at Carolina Springs Elementary School. In 2014, she became the school’s literacy coach. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from University of South Carolina Aiken, and master’s degrees in both student personnel services and education administration from University of South Carolina.
Jessica I.M. Robbins will transfer to Rocky Creek Elementary School to serve as assistant principal. She is currently the assistant principal at Pleasant Hill Middle School. In this role, she coordinated testing, created and led professional development and served as the school literacy coach, 504 coordinator and fine arts administrator. Robbins began her teaching career at White Knoll High School in 2006, teaching English Language Arts. She spent six years at WKHS, where she participated on the district’s curriculum committee.
Robbins was then promoted to assistant principal of PHMS in 2012. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education, as well as three master’s degrees and an educational specialist degree from University of South Carolina.
Amy L. Blackburn and Allysha D. Ramscharan will become White Knoll High School’s new assistant principals.
Amy L. Blackburn returns to WKHS after serving as the lead interventionist/literacy coach at White Knoll Middle School since August 2021, where she worked collaboratively to determine school work plan goals, designed and facilitated schoolwide professional learning experiences, designed the WKMS Response to Intervention framework and collaborated with teachers to design data-informed instruction. Blackburn began her teaching career at WKHS in 2003, where she spent 18 years teaching English language arts, introduction to journalism and literary film studies. During her time at WKHS, she also served as the Teacher Cadet instructor, the graduation coordinator, athletic coach and as an English co-teacher. Blackburn received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in educational administration from University of South Carolina. She also received an education specialist degree in literacy from Converse College. Blackburn maintains certifications in English, secondary supervisor, secondary principal, literacy teacher, literacy coach and literacy specialist.
Allysha D. Ramcharan joins Lexington District One from Edisto High School in Orangeburg School District 04, where she served as the school’s assistant principal since 2017. At EHS, she served as the school testing coordinator, data coach, 504 coordinator and RtI lead. An educator with 18 years’ experience, Ramcharan began her teaching career at Kids For The Future, Inc. in Queens, NY. She moved to South Carolina in 2003 to teach 3-year-old preschool at Adlerian Child Care. In 2004, she joined Burton-Pack Elementary School in Columbia’s Richland One to teach fifth grade English and social studies. In 2005, she taught sixth grade English and social studies at William J. Clark Middle School in Orangeburg County School District. Ramcharan moved to Winnsboro, SC, in 2009 to teach sixth grade math and serve as an administrative intern at Fairfield Elementary School in the Fairfield County School District. In 2013, she joined Irmo Middle School, in District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties to serve as the school’s reading interventionist and curriculum intern. Later, in 2014, she moved to the Newberry County School District to serve as Newberry Middle School’s seventh and eighth grade English language arts and READ 180 instructor. She was then hired as assistant principal at EHS. Ramcharan received a Bachelor of Science from Plattsburgh State University in Plattsburgh, NY, a Master of Education in classroom leadership from Southern Wesleyan University and a Master of Education in educational leadership from Winthrop University. She also earned an education specialist degree in curriculum and instruction from Cambridge College in August, GA. She is currently completing a doctorate of education in educational leadership from South Carolina State University.
Daniel Bailey was promoted to assistant principal at White Knoll Middle School. Bailey currently serves as a teacher at Meadow Glen Middle School, where he collaboratively organized, scheduled and planned sixth grade curriculum. He began his career at the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce as the WIA case manager. In 2012, Bailey began his educational career at Pine Ridge Middle School, serving as the school’s social studies teacher and student activities director. In 2016, he moved to Airport High School as the director of student activities, the middle college coordinator and AVID elective teacher. He then joined Lexington District One and MGMS in 2021. Bailey has a Bachelor of Arts in history, as well as a Master of Teaching in secondary education, social studies from University of South Carolina. He also has an educational specialist degree in educational leadership and administration from Arkansas State University. In addition, he served as a graduate student in The Riley Institute Teachers of Government at Furman University, as well as a career development facilitator through Lengel Vocational Services. Bailey was selected as Teacher of the Year for Pine Ridge Middle in 2014 and Teacher of the Year for Airport High School in 2017. He was named the 2017 Lexington School District Two District Teacher of the Year and the 2016 National Middle Level Student Council Adviser of the Year from the National Association of Student Councils.