Two Rock Hill elementary schools are getting new principals.
Marc Swygert has resigned as Independence principal and has accepted a new job in his home state of Massachusetts. Al Bogan, a retired Rock Hill district principal, will be the interim principal at Independence for the remainder of the year. The new principal is Jill Pappas, currently an assistant principal at Rosewood Elementary School.
Neil McVann, who has worked for Rock Hill schools for 20 years, is retiring at Oakdale Elementary. Denise Khaalid, an assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at South Pointe High School, will replace McVann.
The appointments were announced at Monday’s school board meeting.
Pappas has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in education with an endorsement in gifted and talented from Utah State University.
She has been the assistant principal at Rosewood Elementary since August.
She began her teaching career in 1986 as a third- and fourth-grade teacher at Castle Heights Elementary School in the Carbon school district in Utah. Prior to coming to Rock Hill, she was principal at Red Hill Elementary in the Eagle County school district in Colorado.
Pappas was twice teacher of the year in the Carbon school district.
Khaalid has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master in education from Winthrop University.
She has been the assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at South Pointe High School since July 2004. She was last year’s National High School Assistant Principal of the Year.
Khaalid began her career in Rock Hill as an eighth-grade English and language arts teacher and was the teacher of the year at Saluda Trail Middle School for the 2001-2002 school year.
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