Josey new principial at Southside Middle
Southside Middle School will have a new principal at the start of the 2019-2020 school year, though her face will be a familiar one to many people in Florence 1 Schools. Shand Josey, currently an assistant principal at Williams Middle School, will assume the role on July 1.
Josey has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Clemson University, a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Winthrop University, and is National Board Certified.
She began her teaching career in Charleston, teaching first grade, and also worked in Columbia and Clover before moving to Florence 1 Schools in 2005, where she taught at Royall Elementary for nine years.
Aside from working as a teacher and an assistant principal, Josey also worked for two years as a Curriculum Coordinator at Moore Intermediate.
Josey said that the timing was right for her now to become head principal and she hopes that her years of experience will help her connect with the faculty, staff and students at Southside. “I am firm believer in not asking teachers to do anything that I am not willing to do or have not done myself,” she said. “I have run the gamut of early childhood education all the way up through middle school. I feel like I have a firm grasp on where students have come from in elementary school and where they are headed to in high school and what we need to do to prepare them for that.”
Middle school is an especially significant part of a student’s education, Josey said, because it is when students begin transitioning into young adulthood and making decisions that define who they will become.
“I am thrilled about being at Southside as I am a huge proponent of the arts,” Josey said. “We tell our students when they walk into math class that we need to do step 1, 2, and 3. Everything has an order and a procedure.
“We are sending our children off into a world in which they are encouraged to be a creative thinker, innovator, and a leader. Everyone needs a place to shine.”