Phone: 803-425-7712 X3811
Degrees and Certifications:
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Education Master of Education in School Administration Certifications: Multi-Categorical Special Education Secondary School Principal
Mr. John McDonald
I was born in West Germany. I have lived in Seattle, WA for 28 years. In 2001, I graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. I then worked as a Special Education Teacher, starting in 2001. In 2003, I attended Central Washington University to earn a Master's of Education in School Administration. My parents and brother moved to South Carolina in 2003 but I stayed in Seattle to finish my graduate school program. I graduated with my Master's degree in 2005. In 2007, I was promoted to Assistant Principal. I adopted two rabbits, Bart and Lola. In 2015, I made the decision to move to South Carolina to be closer to my family. Me, Bart, and Lola drove across the country to the East Coast. In 2016, I started working for the South Carolina Department of Corrections as a Title I Teacher. I started out at Kirkland Reception and Evaluation Center and the Camille Graham Reception and Evaluation Center. I taught female inmates and processed new high school-age male and female inmates. In 2017, I was then transferred to Trenton Correctional Institution to teach both high school-age inmates and adult students. In 2018, I got married to my wife, Tina, and we have a son, Spencer. Also, in 2018, I was transferred to Manning Re-Entry and Work Release Center. I taught mostly adult aged inmates. In 2020, I decided to return to the public school setting. I went to Lexington 2 and worked as a middle school Special Education Teacher in a virtual setting. In 2021, I taught high school students that were earning a South Carolina High School Credential program. My wife and I moved to Elgin and I wanted to get a teaching job closer to where I live. I really enjoy working at CLC. Our director and the staff are in it for the students.
Proverbs 22:6 - "Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it."