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Published on December 4th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Sarah Longshore named SCASA High School Assistant Principal of the Year

Dutch Fork High School Assistant Principal Sarah Longshore (center)

IRMO – A Lexington-Richland School District Five administrator has been named the 2015 High School Assistant Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.

Dutch Fork High School Assistant Principal Sarah Longshore received the award on Dec. 3 in a surprise announcement at the school. Longshore began her career in education in 2003 as a high school English teacher. She was hired as an administrative assistant principal at Dutch Fork High School in 2008 and was promoted to assistant principal at the school in 2012.

“Every success I’ve experienced is because I have been fortunate enough to work on a truly collaborative team,” said Longshore. “The students and faculty of Dutch Fork High School are exceptional, and I feel honored to represent them and District Five at the state level.”

SCASA officials say Longshore was selected out of a field of leading high school administrators statewide. The criteria used in the selection of the award are set by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. State sponsors also include Horace Mann and Herff Jones.

“We are very pleased to announce Sarah Longshore as the SCASA High School Assistant Principal of the Year,” said Molly Spearman, executive director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. “She is an excellent educator who knows how to relate to the students.”

Dutch Fork High Principal Dr. Greg Owings added, “Mrs. Longshore’s knowledge of curriculum and focus on data-driven decision making contributes to the success of all students. Her visionary leadership with data teams has, no doubt, improved teaching, learning, and assessment.”

A professional organization for school leaders, SCASA has more than 3,800 members statewide. The group’s focus is to support school leaders in providing high quality education through professional development opportunities and research. As a state affiliate of three national associations for school leaders, SCASA also works on the national level. The group gives awards annually to education professionals, and Longshore was chosen for this year’s High School Assistant Principal of the Year award by a panel of judges.

“District Five has many great school administrators, and Mrs. Longshore is among the best,” said Dr. Stephen Hefner, superintendent for District Five. “Her laser focus on instruction and curriculum has helped to make Dutch Fork High School a nationally ranked and recognized school, and her leadership and pursuit of excellence is an example of all the things that make our district, schools, staff and students great. Congratulations to Mrs. Longshore for recognition that is well deserved.”

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