New principals selected for two schools

New principals selected for two schools
Posted on 05/16/2017
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Veteran educators selected for top posts

at Battery Creek High, Mossy Oaks Elementary


BEAUFORT – The Beaufort County Board of Education today approved the selections of veteran educators to lead two schools whose principals are retiring.


Whale Branch Middle School Principal Chad Cox will take the top post at Battery Creek High when Ed Burnes retires in June.  Michelle Sackman, assistant principal for the past five years at Whale Branch Elementary School, will take over at Mossy Oaks Elementary when Principal Donald Gruel retires in June.


“These are two outstanding leaders with strong track records as both teachers and administrators,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss.  “I’m confident that Battery Creek and Mossy Oaks will continue to thrive under their leadership.”


Cox began his education career as a Battery Creek High social studies teacher in 2003 and also served as an assistant principal there from 2008-2010.  Prior to becoming principal at Whale Branch Middle in 2015, he held assistant principal positions at Whale Branch Early College High and Robert Smalls International Academy.


An Army National Guard veteran who served during both Iraq wars, Cox has a BA in secondary education from Clemson University, a master’s degree in school administration from Cambridge College and an education specialist degree from South Carolina State University.


Sackman began her career in 2000 and held teaching positions at Broad River Elementary and Coosa Elementary, where she was named as one of five finalists for Beaufort County School District Teacher of the Year in 2005.  She also served as a literacy coach at Coosa and at Beaufort Elementary prior to being named assistant principal at Whale Branch Elementary.


Sackman graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a BS in elementary education, and she also has a master’s degree in education administration from Capella University.  


During the search process, after all applications were screened to make certain that the candidates met the basic qualifications, a screening team reviewed the applications in depth and recommended candidates for personal interviews.


Next, an interview committee met with the recommended candidates.  Those committees included a parent leader selected by the School Improvement Council, the school’s teacher of the year as selected by the faculty, school principals and district office staff.  A student representative was a member of the Battery Creek High interview team.


A search will now begin to select a new principal at Whale Branch Middle School.