Charleston County School District (CCSD) announced and welcome Dr. Katchia Gethers as principal at Hunley Park Elementary School. Gethers comes to CCSD from Hawaii where she has served as a vice principal through the Hawaii Department of Education for the past four years.
Gethers began her teaching career in 1998 with Albany, New York Public Schools and the Hawaii Department of Education as a special education and general education teacher. During her time with these organizations, Gethers also joined the University of Phoenix as an education instructor in special education and social studies for three years.
In 2006, she left the classroom as a teacher to become a reading consultant with EdisonLearning in Newark, NJ. In this role, Gethers conducted classroom observations to provide teachers with research-based practices to improve student achievement, as well as provided job-embedded coaching and teacher modeling in literacy. In two years’ time, Gethers changed roles within the company to become a leadership consultant. In this capacity, she developed innovative materials and presentations to address transformational and instructional leadership practices, as well as conducted needs assessments for schools, identifying organizational and instructional strengths and opportunities for improvements. Gethers relocated to Hawaii in 2016 to serve in her current role as a vice principal through the Hawaii Department of Education.
Gethers earned a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from the State University of New York in Albany, NY, as well as a Master of Science in Special Education from Russell Safe College in Troy, NY, and a Master of Art in Educational Leadership from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu. She also holds a Doctor of Education in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.
About the Charleston County School District
Charleston County School District (CCSD) is the second largest school system in South Carolina representing a unique blend of urban, suburban, and rural schools that span 1,000 square miles along the coast. CCSD serves more than 50,000 students in 86 schools and specialized programs. With approximately 6,100 employees districtwide, CCSD is the fourth largest employer in the region.
CCSD offers a diverse, expanding portfolio of options and specialized programs, delivered through neighborhood, charter, magnet, IB (international baccalaureate), and Montessori schools, and is divided into three Learning Communities. Options include specialized programs in science, engineering and mathematics; liberal arts; music and other creative and performing arts; career and technical preparation programs; and military and other public service enterprises.