FSD1 approves three new administrators
Sonia Johnson has been named a District One Title One Coordinator. She will replace Diana Bailey who has retired. Johnson has 20 years’ experience in Florence School District One. As curriculum coordinator at Briggs Elementary where she has served since 2009, she also served as the coordinator of the school’s Title One program. She began her career at Briggs Elementary teaching second and third graders (1996-2004). From 2004-06 she served as a second and third grade teacher at Delmae Elementary.
Johnson also spent three years (2006-09) as a mathematics coach for both Savannah Grove Elementary and Moore Intermediate schools. She has a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education from Francis Marion University; a master’s in integrated teaching through the arts from Lesley University; and a master of education in educational administration from Grand Canyon University.
Former Savannah Grove Elementary Assistant Principal Wendy Frazier has been named principal of Dewey L. Carter Elementary. She has served at Savannah Grove since 2005. She served as assistant principal at Williams Middle School from 2001-05. Her teaching experience includes service at North Vista Elementary School (1994-2000) and Sneed Middle School (2000-01). She received both a bachelor of science in elementary education and a master’s of elementary education from Francis Marion University. In 2000, she received a master’s of education administration from the University of South Carolina.
Former Richland School District One Administrator Dr. Kelvin T. Wymbs was named the new Director of Secondary Education, replacing Neal Vincent who is the new superintendent in Florence School District Two. As the acting principal of Lower Richland High School, Dr. Wymbs collaborated with all stakeholders to implement the largest (SIG) School Improvement Grant ($6 million) in the state. As SIG coordinator, he implemented the state-of-the art STEM Initiative in collaboration with the Engenuity SC, TransformSC/New Carolina Pilot program.
Dr. Wymbs is the recipient of the 2015 Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) High Schools That Work (HSTW) principal award, an award which recognizes the growth of Lower Richland High School across many variables since he became acting principal. This is the only high school principal award across SREB’s 1,400 schools. The ceremony will be held July 15 in Atlanta at the opening of the HSTW summer conference. Prior to serving in Richland One, Dr. Wymbs served as principal of the Grove Street Alternative School in Vicksburg, Miss. From 2007-09 he was principal of Carvers Bay High School in Georgetown.
He has also served as assistant principal in Scotland County, N.C., an administrative assistant and teacher in Marlboro County, head basketball coach in Horry County, a mentor and recruiter at Francis Marion University and assistant basketball coach at USC Aiken. He received a B.A. degree in history from USC Aiken and a master’s degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina, Pembroke. He is also the recipient of the educational specialist degree from Mississippi College and the doctor of education degree in educational leadership from South Carolina State University.