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New APs named at Cane Bay Elementary, Berkeley High

Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Two Berkeley County School District employees were promoted to administrator positions at their schools this week. The newly-appointed assistant principals were approved by the Berkeley County Board of Education at Tuesday’s meeting.

Jonah Bryant – Berkeley High School

New BHS Assistant Principal Jonah Bryant

(BCSD photo)

Since 2012 Jonah Bryant has been the director of the STAR Academy located on the campus of Berkeley High School. Previously he worked as reading instructor at Trident Technical College; an English teacher, coordinator and softball coach at BHS and an English teacher at R.B. Stall High School in Charleston County School District.

BCSD leaders believe Mr. Bryant’s background has provided him with a knowledge of various instructional methods that will be invaluable to his role as an assistant principal. As director of the STAR Academy, Mr. Bryant worked with at-risk students to prevent dropouts, create positive learning experiences, set goals and overcome social challenges.

“We’re excited to see Mr. Bryant in his new role,” BCSD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram said. “He’s a passionate educator with a deep understanding of a school’s role in preparing the whole child for the future. As director of a program developed to rescue at-risk students, he brings skills and understanding to the BHS administrative team that we hope will mold a strong student body with a sense of purpose and a drive for academic success.”

Mr. Bryant said he’s honored to be chosen as assistant principal at the school where he has an investment in the kids and a connection to the community.

“To be able to continue my career in a leadership role at a school so near and dear to my heart, there are really no words that I can express,” he said.

Crystal Mitchum – Cane Bay Elementary

Photo of new CBE Assistant Principal Crystal Mitchum

(BCSD photo)

Crystal Mitchum accepted a position as an administrative assistant at Cane Bay Elementary School last school year with hopes of advancing her career on the administrative level. She previously worked as a digital resource coach at Richland School District Two and as the science department chair at Kenneth Gardner Elementary in Kingstree.

While working in Kingstree she was twice recognized as a standout educator. She was the Williamsburg County Teacher of the Year in 2015-16 and the Kenneth Gardner Elementary School First Year Teacher of the Year for 2010-11.

Cane Bay Elementary School Principal Melissa LaBerge said Ms. Mitchum comes to Berkeley County with fresh ideas, and that’s one of the things that made her a prime candidate for the leadership role.

“She had spent some time working with technology in her former school district, which is definitely where we are headed with our instructional practices for students.” Ms. LaBerge said. “That was definitely something we were looking for that she brought to the table as a candidate.”

Ms. Mitchum said she’s excited to begin her new role and described her experience at CBE thus far as “awesome.” She said she’s eager to begin supporting the teachers and students on campus – especially first-year educators.

“I’ve been a new teacher, and I know how it is to come into a new building as a first year teacher,” she said. “That will be my first goal – go back and support them so they can get acclimated to the school.”

Brian Troutman
troutmanb@bcsdschools.net