Rock Hill schools name 4 to posts

The Rock Hill school district this week named a new director of exceptional student education, a key post in an area where the district has invested money and developed new programs to improve student achievement in the coming year.

Along with that appointment, the board Monday night named two new assistant principals and a coordinator of after-school programs.

Wendy Dover, the Fort Mill school district's roving special education teacher for the past five years, will become Rock Hill's new director of special education. She was an assistant professor of special education at Winthrop University for four years prior to that. She also has taught in Kansas, Texas and other parts of South Carolina.

She earned her bachelor's degree in special education from Winthrop and her master's and doctoral degrees in special education from Kansas State University.

Darin Pearson, a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Sullivan Middle School for the past five years, will become an assistant principal there. He completed his principal internship at Sullivan and was the school's Teacher of the Year this year. Both his bachelor's and master's degrees in education are from Winthrop.

Gary Lewis, former applied technology teacher, bus supervisor and yearbook sponsor at North Central Middle School in Kershaw, will replace Norris Williams as assistant principal at Saluda Trail Middle School. He has 12 years of teaching experience and earned his bachelor's degree in industrial technology education from S.C. State University and his master's degree in educational leadership from Winthrop.

Helen Taylor, an elementary and special education teacher in Rock Hill for a number of years, will become the district's coordinator of after-school programs. She has been program teacher at Rosewood Elementary for 10 years and is director of the Challenger Summer Program. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Winthrop.