They came from different paths, but Andrew Young and Mark Brown are equally delighted with their appointments as South Aiken High School assistant principals.
Both attended a reception at the Aiken County School District office on Tuesday, held for new administrators and those new to the community. All of them were formally introduced at the School Board meeting afterward.
Young came from a teaching position in Augusta and expressed his appreciation to Principal Bryan Skipper for the new opportunity.
“I love it,” Young said. “I couldn't have picked a better school.”
Brown previously served as an administrator in North Carolina before taking a teaching job in Horry County.
“It's nice to get back into administration and get a school where kids behave very well,” Brown said. “It's a 180-degree turnaround from the school I was in.”
So many administrative changes occurred during the summer, as well as a few positions that were filled after school began, said Superintendent Dr. Beth Everitt.
“We wanted them to be settled early in the school year,” she said of the administrators. “Now it's time to formally welcome them to the administrative ranks. We want the Board to know who they are and for them to get a chance to know each other. Some are from other places, and it's good they wanted to come to Aiken County.”
At Paul Knox Middle School, Terra van der Linden has moved from a part-time assistant principal position to full-time. Margo Gore, a Kennedy Middle School science teacher, was appointed to the Paul Knox part-time position.
Van der Linden does miss the classroom, but is enjoying the opportunity to concentrate on the administrative role. Gore, a former School District teacher of the year, is getting her own chance to experience administration.
“I love it,” she said. “It's different from teaching, of course, but it brings a balance. We do our teacher observations, and now that's coming from a different perspective.”
Senior writer Rob Novit is the Aiken Standard’s education reporter. He has been with the newspaper since September 2001. He is a native of Walterboro and majored in journalism at the University of Georgia.