Erica Page of Pelion High School was named Monday as the top assistant secondary school principal in South Carolina.
She received the award from the South Carolina Association of School Administrators during a surprise announcement at the school.
Page oversees instruction of 680 students in the rural southwest corner of Lexington County.
She is “an outstanding educator who is a dedicated leader and an advocate for the students and teachers,” association executive director Beth Phibbs said.
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Page started classes in English, social studies, fine arts and other subjects that currently allow 49 students to gain college credit prior to graduation.
The award is among a series the association gives annually to recognize what it considers education leaders.
Lexington 1 officials added their praise.
Page has “an extensive knowledge” of students, teachers and community that is invaluable, new school principal Bryan Hearn said.
She “works hard to support both our teachers and students in their educational journeys,” Lexington 1 Superintendent Greg Little said.
Page, 33, taught at nearby White Knoll High before moving to Pelion in 2012.
“I went from the classroom to administration because I knew I could impact more students’ lives,” she said.
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