Charity Summers, Pat Freda and Matt Hall will lead Beaufort High, Hilton Head Island Middle and Bluffton Middle schools respectively

Accomplished educators will step into new Principal roles
Posted on 07/11/2018
New principal announcements

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Educators selected to fill principal slots
at Beaufort High and two middle schools 

BEAUFORT – New Principals have been announced at three Beaufort County schools.

Superintendent Jeff Moss said Charity Summers, currently principal of a magnet high school in Charleston County, will be the new principal at Beaufort High.  Pat Freda, currently principal of Bluffton Middle, will take over at Hilton Head Island Middle.  Matt Hall, currently an assistant principal at River Ridge Academy, will become principal at Bluffton Middle.

Summers replaces Bonnie Almond, who was recently named as the school district’s Chief Instructional Services Officer.  Freda replaces Neodria Brown, who resigned her position at Hilton Head Island Middle.  Hall replaces Freda as principal of Bluffton Middle.

During Charity Summers’ five-year tenure as principal of Charleston County’s Garrett Academy of Technology, the magnet school earned three statewide Palmetto Gold Awards for academic achievement.  Prior to her work in Charleston County, she served as an assistant principal from 2006-12 at two schools in Dorchester District 2: Ashley Ridge High and Charles B. DuBose Middle schools.

Summers’ educational background includes a BS in Accounting from South Carolina State University, an MBA from Webster University and a master’s degree in secondary education administration from Charleston Southern University.

Pat Freda began her 29-year education career teaching fourth grade and math in New York state.  After moving to South Carolina, she taught at Hilton Head Island Middle 1995-2005.  She served as an instructional coach from 2005-2009 and as an assistant principal 2009-2012.  She has been Bluffton Middle School’s principal since 2012. 

Freda was Beaufort County’s Teacher of the Year in 2005 and is also a recipient of the Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce’s Teacher Leadership Award.

She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Hofstra University, a master’s degree in secondary-level mathematics education from Long Island University and a master’s degree in education administration from the University of South Carolina.

Matt Hall has been an assistant principal at River Ridge Academy from 2015-18 and at St. Helena Elementary School from 2013-15.  He served as a physical education teacher at schools in Beaufort County and Hampton District 2, and also as a mentor teacher from 2010-13 at Whale Branch Middle.

Hall has served on a variety of district committees and was an assistant principal at Whale Branch Middle when the school won a pair of national awards, including the TAP National Founders Award.

Hall has a BS in education from Miami University and a master’s degree in secondary education leadership from the University of South Carolina.

“All three of these educators are outstanding administrators and leaders, and I’m confident they and their schools will all perform at high levels,” Moss said.

Moss also announced that Robert Oetting, currently the district’s Facilities, Planning and Construction Officer, had been promoted to Chief Operations Officer.  In his new position, Oetting will retain responsibility for the district’s facilities and also be responsible for school bus transportation, athletics and building grounds and maintenance.