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New AP selected at Philip Simmons Middle

Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Christopher S. Thurman

Mr. Christopher S. Thurman (BCSD photo)


The Berkeley County Board of Education approved the hire of Philip Simmons Middle School’s newest assistant principal at Tuesday’s regularly-scheduled meeting.

The school’s previous assistant principal, Mrs. Charla Groves, was promoted in July.  Now filling her former role is Mr. Christopher S. Thurman. 

Mr. Thurman comes to PSM from Charleston Charter School for Math and Science, where he worked as a teacher for seven years. He was the Teacher of the Year at the school for the 2015-16 school year and also served as the advisor for the Young Gentlemen’s Club. 

Mrs. Groves believes Mr. Thurman will be an amazing fit for the student body and community. 

Mr. Thurman and his family “He’s a well-rounded educator with an impressive story,” she said.   

Mr. Thurman is a Clemson graduate with a degree in elementary education. He was a drum major for the Tiger Band and involved in the Call Me Mister mentor program. He obtained a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Southern Wesleyan University in 2016. 

“He really values building relationships with students, community members, parents and teachers,” Mrs. Groves said. “He works very hard at that. He believes in harmony in music but also harmony in the educational process. He believes in working together to create one beautiful outcome.” 

Mr. Thurman said students, parents and community members can expect engagement from him as he works to support the “whole student.” He said he will be supporting students in the classroom, on athletic fields and at community events.

Among his short term goals is a focus on building upon what’s already been successful at PSM. He’s excited about the STEAM program and is eager to share Mrs. Groves’ vision for the learning environment. 

“I hope to take where we are and work to enhance the experience for our kids and our teachers,” Mr. Thurman said.