District names top principal, assistant
Timrod’s McBride, Delmae’s Baggette honored during school assemblies.
Michelle McBride, principal of Henry Timrod Elementary School, has been named the Florence 1 Schools 2019-20 Principal of the Year.
McBride was surprised during a school assembly on Sept. 26. Earlier in the day, Delmae Elementary School Assistant Principal Ginger Baggette was surprised at another assembly as she was honored as the district’s Assistant Principal of the Year.
Nominated by her peers, including fellow principals and school administrators in Florence 1 Schools, McBride has served at Timrod since 2009 when she became the school’s curriculum coordinator. During the 2012-13 school year, McBride became principal of the school. In recent years, Timrod Elementary has recently garnered local, state and national recognition.
Under her leadership, Timrod is the only school in Florence 1 which is operated year-round with four intercessions during the year. Educators say the unique schedule is designed to optimize instructional time, engage students in more meaningful activities, and inspire the development of world-class skills.
“Ms. McBride is both confident and comfortable in her role as leader of Timrod Elementary School,” said one of the Timrod Elementary faculty members. “These attributes make it easy for us to assume our roles and responsibilities as well. Timrod Elementary is a very loving place, and I am glad to be a part of the staff at this school.”
For the past few years Timrod has embraced the concept of blended learning, which combines online learning with face-to-face instruction. Use of the school’s blended learning concept has sparked interest from educators local and statewide, some of whom have visited the school to see the concept in action.
Other accolades received at Timrod under McBride’s tenure include the National Beta School of Merit Award and a notable improved student achievement distinction that will be announced next month.
During the assembly District Superintendent Dr. Richard O’Malley congratulated McBride and announced that she will now vie for the title of South Carolina Principal of the Year through the South Carolina School Administrators’ Principal of the Year awards program.
She was presented an award, a bouquet of flowers and accepted a check for the school for $10,000.
Baggette, also nominated by her peers, has served at Delmae since the year 2001.
“I have worked with Ginger for 19 years at Delmae,” said Delmae Elementary School Principal Roy Ann Jolley. “She is always a teacher first, a coach, a curriculum resource, and the ultimate professional. Her knowledge and willingness to do whatever it takes has reached beyond the walls of Delmae throughout our district and across the state. I call her ‘the architect to my visions, my friend.’”
Baggette’s colleagues at Delmae have mentioned that the students are always excited to see her in the hallways or in her office because she always has a smile, a kind word, and a hug for them.
“Ginger Baggette is one of the hardest working people that I have ever met,” said Delmae Elementary School Reading Coach Jill Russell. “She has a heart of gold, and she truly cares about the students, families and staff at Delmae. As an educator, coach, lead learner and administrator, Ginger Baggette proves daily that it is possible to wear all of those hats and do it with a smile,” added Russell.
Delmae Elementary teacher Lisa Benton said she is grateful that she has had the opportunity to work with and learn from Baggette over the past 10 years.
“She is dedicated to helping all of us reach every student and maximize each student’s potential,” said Benton. “She is a relentless advocate of our special needs students and our struggling students. I think I speak for many in our school when I say that Mrs. Baggette motivates each of us, not only to be a better teacher, but also to be a better person.”
Baggette will now vie for the title of South Carolina Assistant Principal of the Year through the South Carolina School Administrators’ Principal of the Year awards program.
She was presented an award, a bouquet of flowers and accepted a check for the school for $5,000.