KCSD District Office, Camden High administrative changes
September 18, 2019
Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Secondary Education Director Burch Richardson has been tapped to help KCSD with its teacher recruitment and retention efforts as the district’s Professional Development/Teacher Induction Director. Camden High School (CHS) Principal Dan Matthews will replace Richardson and CHS Assistant Principal Lesley Corner will fill Matthews’ slot.
“We are fortunate to have such high-quality employees in our school district to be able to promote from within,” said KCSD Superintendent Shane Robbins. “All three of these individuals are top-notch, and I know they will do outstanding jobs in their new positions.”
Robbins said Richardson had a strong history of recruiting teachers when he served as the principal of North Central Middle School for 14 years. “With the teacher shortage, this area is presenting more challenges for us, and Dr. Richardson’s skills and knowledge will be extremely beneficial,” Robbins said. “Many people may not realize that our main recruitment season starts with December graduations and runs through the summer months so it’s important for him to make this transition now.”
Richardson has served as the district’s Secondary Education/Professional Development Director for over a year. He was named the KCSD Principal of the Year in 2007 and the Kershaw County Reading Administrator of the Year in 2008.
He has an Educational Administration Doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina.
Matthews has been Camden High’s principal since 2010 and served in the same role at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (LEMS) for six years. He started his career at CHS as a math teacher and also taught math in the adult education program. He served as assistant principal at LEMS for two years.
Under Matthews’ leadership, both LEMS and CHS earned Palmetto’s Finest Awards, the highest honor given to South Carolina schools for their academic excellence. While he was principal at LEMS, the school was honored as South Carolina’s first “School to Watch,” a national award that recognizes a middle school’s academic achievement, student-centered focus and strong ties to the community.
Matthews was named Kershaw County School District’s Principal of the Year in 2008.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Francis Marion University and a Master of Arts in education degree from Winthrop University.
Corner has been an assistant principal at CHS since 2010 and previously taught English in Richland 2 and in Lexington/Richland School District 5 where she was selected as the district teacher of the year for the 2008-09 school year.
She was chosen as the 2016 South Carolina Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year and was a finalist for the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Assistant Principal of the Year Award the same year. She was named as an “emerging leader” by ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum) last school year.
Corner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Winthrop University and a Master of Education degree from the University of South Carolina.