The Kershaw County School Board approved three persons to serve as district administrators at its school board meeting last night.
“I’m excited to welcome these three educators on board to help us improve our instructional and diversity efforts,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Shane Robbins. “They bring a tremendous amount of talent and enthusiasm to our team, and I know they will be instrumental in helping us to make strides academically.”
Former Doby’s Mill Elementary (DME) Principal Ginger Catoe will serve as the district’s new Intervention and Enrichment Director, working in the area of early childhood education.
Catoe served as DME’s principal from 2008 to 2018 when she left to become the director of early learning and literacy at the SC Department of Education (SCDE). For the past few months, she has been serving as an interim assistant principal at Dutch Fork High School.
She was chosen as KCSD’s Principal of the Year in 2010. In 2007 while serving as DME’s assistant principal, she was named as the Assistant Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and as Administrator of the Year by the South Carolina International Reading Association.
Catoe earned a Masters of Education in Education Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts in English/Reading degree from the University of South Carolina.
SCDE Multi-Tiered System of Supports Coordinator Merriman Nichols will be the district’s new Elementary Education Director.
In her SCDE role since 2017, Nichols planned and executed a statewide framework and has experience in North Carolina as a Title I elementary principal and middle and elementary assistant principal.
She has received training through the Principals as Executive Program in school administrators as instructional leaders and was chosen to participate in the Distinguished Leaders Program.
Nichols graduated as a teaching fellow from the Honors College at Western Carolina University and earned a Masters of School Administration degree from Gardner Webb University.
Fairfield Elementary Guidance Counselor Karean Troy will serve as the district’s new Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator where she will manage the coordination of minority inclusion in schools and promote diversity-oriented events and cross-cultural activities.
Before becoming a guidance counselor at Fairfield Elementary in 2014, Troy was the academic advisor for Provost Academy and served as a guidance counselor for two high schools in Michigan.
She is a Patient Administration Officer in the US Army Reserve’s National Disaster Medical System at Fort Jackson’s Federal Coordinating Center. In this role, she tracks patient movement and accountability and serves as a liaison between federal, state and local agencies and participating hospitals.
Troy received a Masters of Arts in Counseling Community Agency Personnel and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Central Michigan University.
Nichols will begin her position later this month, and Catoe and Troy will start July 1.