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."