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KCSD administrative changes for 2021-22 school year

June 7, 2021

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) announces several administrative changes for the 2021-22 school year.

Melinda JohnsonCamden native and Maryland educator Melinda Johnson will join the Doby’s Mill Elementary School staff as the assistant principal while Camden Middle School (CMS) teacher Rosalyn Florence will serve as the assistant administrator at North Central Middle School.

"I am so excited to have Mrs. Johnson as a part of our DME family,” said Alana Powers, Principal of Doby’s Mill. “She has a variety of experience in the field of elementary education, and I look forward to utilizing her knowledge to help us grow. She is going to be a great asset to DME!"

Johnson is filling Powers’ position after she was named as DME’s new principal in May.

Johnson has served as a primary talent development coach in Montgomery County Public Schools for the past two years. Entering her 16th year of education, she has taught third grade, fifth grade, Title I math intervention and served as a Title I curriculum facilitator. In addition to working in Prince William County Schools (VA), she also has experience in Charleston County and Dorchester 2. Johnson earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from South Carolina State University and a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Southern Wesleyan University.

“I am so excited to be joining the Doby’s Mill Elementary family,” said Johnson. “I am committed to working closely with the DMES family to help our students achieve their full potential next year and in the years to come.”

Rosalyn FlorenceFlorence will be the first person to hold the AA position at North Central Middle School.

NCMS Principal Chad Dixon said, “I am excited for Mrs. Florence to be joining the Patriot family. Her organizational skills and emphasis on building strong relationships will be great assets in her new role as Assistant Administrator at North Central Middle School.”

Florence has been a classroom teacher for 14 years, teaching 8th Grade English I at CMS since 2014 and teaching 7th grade English in Orangeburg Consolidated District 5 prior to that. She was CMS’s Reading Teacher of the Year in 2019 and participated in KCSD’s Developing Administrator Program in 2020. Florence has also been a member of the district’s calendar committee and participated in KCSD’s EOL Summer Institute. She has a master of arts degree in education curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix and is finishing a master’s degree in education in administration and supervision from Southern Wesleyan University.

“I am elated to be joining the Patriot family and the administrative staff of NCMS, where I will continue to support the mission and vision of creating an environment to develop world-class students,” Florence said.

Another administrative change for the new school year Is Melissa Royalty being named as the district’s Director of Behavioral Health Services. Continuous Learning Center (CLC) Director Casey Faulkenberry will now also oversee the district’s new Virtual Academy in addition to CLC. In addition, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School Assistant Principal Cody Strong and Pine Tree Hill Elementary Assistant Principal Tammy Small will trade positions for the 2021-22 school year.

Melissa RoyaltyCasey Faulkenberry

Cody StrongTammy Small

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