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Mrs. Jayma Diaz

Principal

Mrs. Diaz was named Principal of Stratford High following the promotion of Heather Taylor to Administrative Officer for Secondary Schools. She finds herself in the role after being named BCSD Assistant Principal of the Year for the 2020-2021 school year and after serving as an assistant principal at the school for eight years.

"I am truly honored to be selected as Stratford’s Principal. Having the opportunity to serve our students, teachers, staff, and community in my new leadership role is a dream come true!" -- Jayma Diaz

Mrs. Diaz believes being authentic, modeling core values and humility and establishing positive relationships are key components to being an effective leader. In addition, she said collaboration with community members is a must when building relationships that foster a safe and conducive learning environment.

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Mr. Kurt Kohler

Assistant Principal

This will be Mr. Kohler's 5th year at Stratford High and his 13th in education. Previously, he taught Math at Goose Creek High and Baptist Hill High, in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Kohler enjoys golfing and believes that the best attribute to have as a high school student is passion.

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Mr. Patrick Withers

Assistant Principal

Patrick Withers has been an assistant principal at Stratford High School since the 2019-2020 school year. Prior to this, Mr. Withers served as a National Board Certified science teacher for 12 years and Academy Coach for 2 years at Stratford High School. 

He has earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Clemson University, a master of arts in teaching from the Citadel, and a master’s in secondary administration from Charleston Southern University. Mr. Withers believes in promoting educational leadership through effective communication, building relationships, providing support, and remaining accountable.  He also enjoys spending quality time with his wife and three children.

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Miss Senfronia Smith

Assistant Principal

Miss Senfronia Smith is a native South Carolinian, originally from McCormick, SC where she graduated from McCormick High School in 1992. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and a Master’s of Education degree in Secondary Science from Clemson University, a Master’s of Education degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Carolina, and an Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership (Superintendency) from The Citadel. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from Charleston Southern University in Educational Leadership.

She is an educator with 21 years of experience in the classroom and in administration at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She has, also, served as a teacher and an administrator at all three levels. 

Miss Smith considers herself to be a life-long learner and is passionate about ensuring high quality educational opportunities for all children. Her educational philosophy since her first day in the classroom is “All children can learn and grow. As educators, it is our responsibility to meet them where they are to give them the tools they need to succeed." She believes one of the most important ways to do this is to build instructional and leadership capacity in teachers. She believes every teacher is an instructional leader and enjoys collaborating with and nurturing leadership potential in teachers from any level of experience.

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Dr. Mathis Burnette

Assistant Principal of Athletics

Dr. Mathis Burnette has been at Stratford since 2017.  Before becoming the Assistant Principal of Athletics, he served as an assistant principal and English teacher and football coach at Stratford High.  Dr. Burnette is a graduate of Newberry College and has been in education since 2007.  His previous schools include Ridgeland High School, Lakewood High School and Colleton County High School.  

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Ms. Dara Harrop

Assistant Principal

This is Ms. Harrop’s second year as an assistant principal at Stratford High School. She has been in the district since 2002 and has worked at College Park Middle, Goose Creek High, Timberland High, Hanahan High, Cane Bay Middle and Marrington Middle. She taught social studies and Russian before becoming an administrator.

Ms. Harrop earned her bachelor’s degree in Russian language and Russian studies from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in secondary administration from Charleston Southern University, and an education specialist degree from The Citadel.  She is currently working on her doctorate from Clemson University.

Ms. Harrop believes that establishing a positive rapport with students, faculty, staff and parents is an essential first step in being an effective educator. She also believes that all students are capable of learning and becoming their best selves by working hard and taking risks. 

 

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Ms. Stephanie Peagler

Assistant Principal

Stephanie Peagler is the newest assistant principal at Stratford High School. Prior to this, Ms. Peagler served as an academy coach for one year at Stratford High School, and taught U.S. history for six years at Berkeley High School and three years in Orangeburg County. She holds a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education Social Studies from Clemson University, a master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina, and an educational specialist degree from The Citadel. Ms. Peagler believes establishing positive relationships is the key to being an effective leader.  

 

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Mr. Robert Benvin

Assistant Principal

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Robert has been teaching since 2007. He has experience in all grade levels from pre-k through high school and has benefit from every age group that he has taught. Mr. Benvin believes that building rapport with students and staff not only makes an environment culturally advanced, but it allows education to be taken to a higher level. By building these relationships with others, people not only enhance students to become college and career ready, but educators are able to teach them life-lessons that happen outside of the school building.

The golden rule of treating others how you want to be treated, regardless of the history that one has experienced in the past, is how Mr. Benvin carries himself in the hallways. He looks forward to learning about others while making sure that he and others are held accountable for the job that needs to be done at that time.