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School District Five administrators named top principals in South Carolina

For Immediate Release – December 3, 2018

 

 

School District Five administrators named top principals in South Carolina

 

CHAPIN – Two Lexington-Richland School District Five principals have been named top principals in the state by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA).  Anna Miller, principal at Chapin Middle School, has been named the 2019 South Carolina Middle Level Principal of the Year.  Dr. Michael Lofton, principal at Spring Hill High School, has been named the 2019 South Carolina Secondary Level Principal of the Year.  The awards were presented on Monday, December 3, in two surprise announcements.

 

The honorees were selected from an outstanding field of administrator candidates by a veteran panel of judges.

 

“We are pleased to announce that Anna Miller has been named the SCASA Middle Level Principal of the Year," said Beth Phibbs, Executive Director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. “She is a visionary leader who is respected and appreciated by her students, teachers, staff, and parents."

 

Miller has served as principal of Chapin Middle School since 2012, prior to that she served as assistant principal for four years.  She served as a Language Arts teacher for 13 years before becoming an administrator.  Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in English education from Columbia College and a Master of Education in education administration from the University of South Carolina.

 

“This award has my name on it but it's really a testament to all of you," Miller said before an assembly of students, staff, family and community members.  "I am so grateful to have a staff and to have students who make me look great. Chapin Middle School is a great school, and I'm so proud to represent this school and principals across the state of South Carolina."

 

"We are happy to announce that Dr. Michael Lofton has been named the SCASA Secondary Principal of the Year," said Beth Phibbs, Executive Director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. “He is an exceptional leader who leads by example and encourages the students at Spring Hill High School to achieve at high levels."

 

Lofton is the founding principal of Spring Hill High School and is entering his sixth year as leader of the all-choice, all-magnet public high school.  He moved to South Carolina in 2002 and joined the administration team at Dutch Fork Middle School as an assistant principal where he remained for eight years.  In 2010, Dr. Lofton was named principal of Chapin Middle School, where he served for two years before taking on his role at Spring Hill.

 

During the event, Spring Hill High School student Michelle Strom read her letter of recommendation to the SCASA selection committee, stating that she's happy to ride the rollercoaster of high school at Spring Hill alongside her principal. In addition to being named the state principal of the year for SCASA, Lofton has been named the 2018 Magnet Schools of America (MSA) National Principal of the Year. 

 

“It just means the world to me to be recognized for the work that we have done at Spring Hill,” Lofton said.  “We have been open for six years now and it is just a team effort of our teachers, our students, our families and all the support staff and administrators of this place.”

 

School District Five Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton attended both surprise announcements.  “Congratulations to School District Five.  I think having two winners in one year is evidence of the high caliber of leadership we have here in this district.  Both are unique leaders who are worthy of this honor.  They will both represent School District Five well but more importantly public education in the highest regard,” Melton said.

 

SCASA, the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, has more than 4,200 members. From professional development opportunities and research, to publications and legislative advocacy, SCASA’s focus is to support school leaders in providing the best possible education for South Carolina’s young people. As a state affiliate of three national associations for school leaders, SCASA also works on the national level.

 

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