Directors announced for Career and Technical Education and Human Resources
Published Wednesday, June 9, 2020
Berkeley County School District leaders announced the selection of two directors at Tuesday evening's regular meeting of the Berkeley County Board of Education. The board voted unanimously to name Sonya Addison-Stewart Director of Career and Technical Education and Natasha Wright Director of Human Resources. Their contracts will begin July 1, 2020.
Sonya Addison-Stewart - Director of Career and Technical Education
Sonya Addison-Stewart has 25 years of experience in business education and a diverse professional resume at both the school and district level. She received her first Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina and her second Master of Education in Secondary School Administration and Supervision from Charleston Southern University. Ms. Addison-Stewart also holds a Business Education Certificate and re-certified as a National Board Certified Teacher in 2014. She is currently pursuing her Secondary Principal Certification and defended her dissertation for her doctorate just recently.
"I am extremely excited and appreciative to have this opportunity to lead Career and Technical Education in Berkeley County," Ms. Sonya Addison-Stewart said. "Berkeley County is surrounded by strong business partners, a supportive county administration and capable educators who are committed to ensuring that our students are career and college ready. I am passionate about career and technical education, and we are all looking forward to continuing our work to prepare our students for their future and to provide choices and opportunities that are personalized to their strengths and interests."
Ms. Addison-Stewart began her career in education as Business Education Teacher at C.E. Murray High School in Williamsburg County before joining BCSD at Stratford High School in 1996. She served as a department chair at both high schools and a Career Development Specialist at Stratford. In 2008, Ms. Addison-Stewart joined the faculty at Berkeley High School in their Career and Technical Education Department, serving also as a department chair, before accepting a position as a Career Coordinator and Career Academy Coordinator in the district office in 2014.
Natasha Wright- Director of Human Resources
Natasha Wright brings nearly 20 years of valuable education and work experience to her new position as Director of Human Resources. Ms. Wright received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Livingstone College and her Educational Specialist degree and a Masters in Educational Leadership from The Citadel. She also received a Masters in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary's University. Ms. Wright is currently working toward her Doctorate in Educational Systems and Improvement Science from Clemson University, and expects to complete that program of study in December 2020.
Ms. Wright served Berkeley County as teacher and district evaluator for eight years before joining Charleston County School District as a Coordinator of Partnerships and Projects in 2014. She returned home to BCSD in 2015 as a teacher evaluator and worked for two years supporting schools in that role until accepting the position as a Certified Employment Coordinator in 2017. Early in her career, she worked as a Special Assistant to the President at Livingstone College and as Agency Relations Director for the Lowcountry Food Bank.
"I am immensely honored and humbled to served as the new Director of Human Resources for Berkeley County School District," Ms. Wright said. "For me, regardless of my position, it all leads back to providing excellent service because ultimately all we do either directly or indirectly impacts our students. I am excited to work along side my colleagues who share this passion."