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Ms. Shana Harper
I am humble and excited to be the new principal of Chester Park Elementary School of the Arts. Recognizing the school offers such a unique opportunity for young minds to grow and flourish as they partake in a curriculum infused with the arts, I am enthusiastic to serve in an innovative environment that promotes skills that tap into students’ propensity for critical thinking and creativity. Understanding, that Chester Park-Arts’ staff is dedicated to ensuring that all students are successful, I respect and value that commitment. In my role as the school’s leader, I am willing and ready to support Chester Park-Arts in a continued effort in moving forward on its path of excellence.
Personally, I was born in Columbia, South Carolina and raised in neighboring Fairfield County, where I currently live in the town of Winnsboro. I am the daughter of Jennifer and Alex Harper and Eddie J. and the proud mother of three precious children-Christopher, Alexis and VicTorry and one gorgeous delightful granddaughter; I have two loving sisters, an energetically curious niece, a mastermind nephew, and the most caring and loving fiancé, Johnathan. I received both a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Winthrop University. In addition, I earned two Educational Specialist degrees, one in Administration Supervision the other in Administration in Leadership from Converse College. I have over 25 years of experience in the field of education that include positions as a substitute teacher, teaching assistant, special education teacher, curriculum resource specialist, assistant principal, Title I Consultant, Coordinator of Special Services, and South Carolina State Transformation Coach.
It is imperative that I engage in school and community events and activities to ensure I solidify my place in the Chester Park-Arts culture. As principal of Chester Park, I realize the importance of building relationships with all stakeholders; staff members, students, parents, local business partners, nearby colleges, and the community. Therefore, I will be very visible and accessible in the school and community. I
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Mr. Tyson Gardin
It is with great pride and excitement to start my 2nd year as the Assistant Principal of Chester Park School of the Arts Elementary School. I am honored to be in this position, and I am committed to working in a partnership with Ms. Harper, the students, the parents, and the staff to nurture the academic, social and emotional development of each of our students.
I have spent much of my professional career working with middle school students. I was a physical education/health teacher for 16 years and I am looking forward to this exciting opportunity to move into administration and give back to the Chester Park community.
I completed my undergraduate studies in Physical Education/Health at UNC-Wilmington, where I also competed in track & field. In addition, I earned a master’s degree in Physical Education from Canisius College, as well as an Ed.S in Educational Administration from Liberty University.
I am committed to working closely with teachers, parents, and community members to ensure our children achieve their full potential and are prepared for their next phase of their educational career. I look forward to becoming part of the Chester Park School of the Arts family.
If throughout the course of the year you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact via email or phone. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org