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District announces new principal selections at four schools

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

BEAUFORT – Veteran administrators have been selected to lead four Beaufort County School District (BCSD) schools.

The four new principals are:

  • St. Helena Elementary School – Constance Goodwine-Lewis, current principal at Broad River Elementary, replaces Dr. Tara Mack, who is retiring. Goodwine-Lewis, a native Beaufortonian and Battery Creek High School graduate, has served her entire 24-year career at BCSD. Starting as an elementary teacher at Shanklin and St. Helena elementary schools, Goodwine-Lewis then became certified in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). She went on to serve as assistant principal at Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts and Broad River Elementary schools. Since 2009, she has served as principal of Broad River Elementary School. Goodwine-Lewis holds master’s degrees in Educational Leadership and Special Education with an emphasis on Mathematics Inclusion from Charleston Southern University and Clemson.
Photo of Goodwine-Lewis the new principal for St. Helena Elementary School


  • Bluffton High School – Matt Hall, current principal at Bluffton Middle School, replaces Denise Donica, who is retiring. Hall began his career as a physical education teacher, educating students at Estill Elementary in Hampton, SC and at Whale Branch Middle School where he was also a TAP Mentor Teacher and administrative intern. Hall subsequently served in the assistant principal role at St. Helena Elementary School and River Ridge Academy. Since 2018, he has served as principal of Bluffton Middle School. Hall holds a master’s degree in Secondary Education Leadership from the University of South Carolina.
Photo of Matt Hall the new Principal for Bluffton High School


  • H.E. McCracken Middle School – With over 20 years of administrative experience, Dr. Roger Ward takes over the helm at H.E. McCracken. Ward began his administrative career as principal of Norwood Elementary School in Knoxville, TN and went on to serve in the role of principal at Northwest Middle School also in Knoxville, Linden Elementary and Millbrook Elementary schools in Oak Ridge, TN and Aiken, SC. Moving to Beaufort County last year, Ward taught fifth grade at St. Helena Elementary School. Ward holds a doctorate in Instructional Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University and a master’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Tennessee.
Photo of Roger Ward the new Principal of H.E. McCracken


  • Whale Branch Elementary School – Carlos Williams replaces Marva Neal who is retiring. Williams began his career serving as a Special Education teacher at Mid-Carolina High School, and was an elementary school teacher at Watkins-Nance Elementary and W.S. Sandel Elementary schools in Columbia, SC, as well as at Cesar Chavez Elementary in Hyattsville, MD. He served as district administrator of Richland County School District One’s summer learning academy and as an assistant administrator and assistant principal at H.B. Rhame Jr. Elementary School in Columbia, SC., where he also held the role of assistant principal at Edward E. Taylor Elementary School. Most recently, Williams served as BCSD’s Coordinator of Elementary Math. Williams holds a master’s degree in Divergent Learning from Columbia College and an Educational Specialist Degree from Walden University.  
Photo of Carlos Williams the new Principal of Whale Brach School


Interview committees were comprised of teacher leaders, feeder/cluster principals, School Improvement Council members, the Chief Human Resources Officer, a Human Resources representative, an Executive Director, a representative of the district’s Instructional Services division, and the Deputy Superintendent. The high school interview committee also included student leaders. After each round of interviews, committee members rated the candidates and those ratings were submitted to Superintendent Rodriguez, who made the final recommendations submitted tonight to the Board of Education. 

“Every exceptional district has strong school leaders, and I’m excited to see these superb educators be successful in their new roles,” Rodriguez said.  “They’re experienced, they understand the importance of creating a school culture of moving academic achievement and ensuring our students succeed.”

The district will also be selecting new principals for Broad River Elementary School and Bluffton Middle School this summer.