Familiar Faces, New Places
Chesnee Middle School
Upon Principal Dale Campbell's retirement at the end of June, current Chesnee Middle School Assistant Principal Rob Hayes will be right at home when he assumes the CMS principalship. A product of District 2 schools, Hayes began his career in 1988 in Spartanburg 2 as a math teacher (Gifted and Talented Algebra I, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Algebra II) and coach (football, basketball, and golf), serving at Boiling Springs Junior High, Chesnee High, and Chesnee Middle schools. He has served as assistant principal at Chesnee Middle for five years.
Hayes graduated from the University of South Carolina Upstate with a BS in Secondary Education and earned his master's degree in Administration at Converse College. He and his wife, Angela, have a daughter, Katelynn, who is a fifth grader at Mayo Elementary and will attend Chesnee Middle next year.
After being approved as principal at the May Board Meeting, Hayes remarked, "I am looking forward to working with the students, faculty, and all stakeholders. As a product of District 2 and a Chesnee High graduate, I am honored to be able to give back to the community that has been so good to me over the years. I am looking forward to my new responsibilities, and I want to thank you for the expression of faith in my abilities that you have exhibited by this gesture."
Retiring Principal Dale Campbell was honored with a reception at his school on May 17 to commemorate his 24 years of service at CMS, where he began as assistant principal in 1991 and became principal in 2003; he had previously served for 12 years as a teacher and coach at Chesnee High. Mr. Campbell is looking forward to post-retirement interests, including more time for family activities with wife Billie, son Clayton, stepsons Reggie and Steve Ellison, grandson Holden, granddaughter Bailey, and for hunting and fishing.
Mayo Elementary/Shoally Creek Elementary
Laura Meyer, currently principal of Mayo Elementary, has been named principal of Shoally Creek Elementary effective July 1, when she will begin the process of establishing the new school set to open August 2016: "As Spartanburg District Two continues to grow and thrive, I am extremely thrilled and honored to share in the planning and development of the district's newest school, Shoally Creek Elementary. Establishing a school that will be the heart of a community is an exciting opportunity. It is with great excitement that I look forward to meeting the wonderful students and families that will help make Shoally Creek Elementary an exceptional place for learning."
Ms. Meyer and her husband, Steve, have a son, Jordan, who attends Lees-McRae College. She has twenty-six years experience in education, in Georgia and South Carolina. She earned master's degrees at Converse College in elementary education and in administration and supervision. Her career in Spartanburg Two began as a teacher at Boiling Springs Elementary; she eventually became assistant principal there and then at Carlisle-Foster's Grove Elementary before moving to Mayo Elementary upon the retirement of long-time principal Bill Browning. She enjoys traveling, reading, and running.
Cassandra Davis will move from her position as assistant principal at Chesnee Elementary to replace Meyer as principal at Mayo Elementary: "I am thrilled to be joining the Mayo Elementary School family, where parents, students, faculty, and staff work together to create a fantastic, student-centered school. I believe that all children deserve to be educated in an environment that promotes life-long learning, and I am honored to serve the students and families of the Mayo community as their new principal. I am looking forward to meeting students, parents, staff, and community as we embark on a wonderful journey together."
Ms. Davis and her husband, Kevin, have two sons, ninth grader Cameron and seventh grader Ryan. She is a Clemson University graduate and earned a master's degree and an Education Specialist degree in administration at Converse College. Her career in education spans thirteen years and includes experiences from elementary to middle school. Among her hobbies are shrimping and crabbing in Charleston, camping, and hiking with her family.