New Principal Appointments
Spartanburg School District Seven announced today the appointment of Ms. Katrina Johnson Robinson as Principal of E.P. Todd School effective July 1, 2017. Ms. Robinson will assume Charlene Doctor’s position, as Ms. Doctor moves to the Early Learning Center at Park Hills to become the Executive Director.
Ms. Robinson has 21 years of experience in education as a teacher, a curriculum coordinator, a program director, and assistant principal at the elementary school level. For the past four years, she has served as an assistant principal at Pine Street Elementary School, where she has proven to be a dynamic and effective leader. Before joining District 7, Ms. Robinson was employed by the South Carolina Department of Education as a Director of 21st Century Communities and Learning. Prior to her role with the Department of Education, she held the position of Curriculum Coordinator for the Bethlehem Academy in Simpsonville, SC. Ms. Robinson was responsible for recruiting staff and students for the Academy and played a vital role in helping the school achieve National Accreditation by AdvancEd. Ms. Robinson began her teaching career at McCormick Elementary School in McCormick, SC and later spent nearly a decade with the Greenville County School System in elementary education.
“I am so honored to become the new Principal of E.P. Todd School,” said Robinson. “I look forward to being a part of an outstanding group of educators, students and families and am eager to help the E.P. Todd community continue to move forward!”
Superintendent of District 7 Schools, Dr. Russell Booker applauded Robinson’s passion for children and her commitment to the mission of the District. “Katrina brings a wealth of experience to E.P. Todd School. She is a strong leader who is dedicated to advancing student achievement and building community relationships. Her enthusiasm for learning has been a positive force in engaging students, parents and staff. Katrina will be a tremendous asset to our administration and to the E.P Todd family.”
Ms. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from South Carolina State University, a Master’s of Education from Converse College and an Educational Specialist degree from South Carolina State University.
The District also announced today the appointment of Mr. Thomas Webster as Principal of the new elementary school in the Drayton Mills community, effective July 1, 2017. The new school, which is currently under construction, will serve students from Houston and Chapman Elementary Schools and is scheduled to open in fall 2018.
Mr. Webster comes to District 7 from Spartanburg District 6, where he currently serves as the Principal of Jesse Bobo Elementary School. During his 5-year tenure at the school, Mr. Webster garnered recognition for helping the school achieve its first Palmetto Gold Award for high levels of academic performance and for his leadership in coordinating a LEGO Education program that earned national distinction. Mr. Webster also served in District Six as Director of Science Education, as a Science Coach and a fifth-grade teacher at Lone Oak Elementary. In 2005, he was selected as the District Six Teacher of the Year.
As a resident of District 7 and having grown up in Spartanburg, Webster says he’s excited to be a part of the enormous energy around Drayton. “I have family in that community and an enduring fascination for both its history and future. Taken as a whole - the new building, faculty and staff, and the community - we are perfectly poised to engineer a truly historic result. Opportunities like this are rare, and I couldn’t be more excited about what I believe we are going to create and achieve with one another in the area in which I was raised, live and now raise my own children.”
Pointing to Mr. Webster’s depth of experience in public education, District 7 Superintendent Dr. Russell Booker said he’s eager to have Webster on board. “Thomas is an accomplished administrator who shares our values of educational excellence, character and service. He has an exemplary track record in building community partnerships, and is equally devoted to supporting high quality teachers, building community partnerships and implementing programs that yield significant gains in student achievement.
Mr. Webster attended USC Upstate, where he received a B.A. degree in English. At Converse College, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education and at USC Columbia, a Master’s in Educational Leadership. Mr. Webster is a product of District 7 schools and a 1990 graduate of Spartanburg High School.