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District Five Announces Leadership Changes Across District

District Five Logo When students head back to class for the 2019-20 school year, there will be several new faces welcoming them across District Five!  “It is an exciting time in District Five, as our enrollment continues to climb,” said new Superintendent Dr. Randall Gary.  “As we grow, however, we must increase our leadership capacity and cultivate leaders who are focused on student success, and meeting the needs of every child, every day.”

District Five is excited to announce the following new leadership changes:

Taylor Deal has been selected as the new Principal of Beech Springs Intermediate School.Taylor Deal   Deal is returning “home”, as he began his career in the classroom at Beech Springs in 2007, where he taught 4th and 5th grade.  The passionate educator comes from Reidville Elementary School in District Five, where he has spent the last 3 years as Assistant Principal.  Deal has served as a mentor teacher, been part of the “Future Leader” program at the SC Department of Education, and was named “Teacher of the Year” in 2014.  He is a graduate of North Greenville University, and has his Masters in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education.



Chris McCants has been named Principal of Florence Chapel Middle School.  Formerly Chris McCants Principal at Beech Springs Intermediate School for three years, this is a   “homecoming” of sorts for McCants.   He began his career in District Five as a 7th grade English and Language Arts teacher at Florence Chapel, before being promoted to Assistant Principal there.  He also served as a mentor teacher, member of the Strategic Planning Committee, and English Department chair.  McCants is a graduate of North Greenville University, has a Masters in English from Troy University, and earned his Masters in Educational Leadership from Furman University.


Saterria Broomfield joins the District Office administration as Coordinator of Student Saterria Broomfield Services.  Broomfield begins the new role after serving as Assistant Principal at Byrnes High School since 2010.  Saterria started her  career in the classroom, teaching high school English in Spartanburg County.  A proven leader, her ability to foster relationships with both students and staff will be vital in Student Services, as she will oversee cases of truancy, and assist homeless students as well as those attending alternative school.  Saterria is a graduate of Wofford College, where she earned her Bachelors in English Education.  She received her Masters in Education from Southern Wesleyan University, and her Masters in Educational Leadership from Converse College.


David Segarra makes the move from the classroom to administration, as he steps intoDavid Segarra the role of Assistant Principal at Byrnes High School.  Segarra began his career at Byrnes in 2012, teaching AP Macroeconomics, World History, and Government.  During his time in the classroom, Segarra was also tapped as a district “Model Teacher”, serving as a mentor for fellow educators in technology integration.  He has served as Head Coach for the Varsity Boys Lacrosse team for the last six seasons.  He has a Bachelors degree in Sports Management from USC in Columbia.  He earned his Masters in Secondary Education from Converse College, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Gardner-Webb University.


Dione Morris is a welcome addition to the District Five family!  She joins Beech Springs Dione Morris Intermediate School as Assistant Principal, after spending the last year as a Technology Integration Specialist at Pine Street Elementary in Spartanburg District Seven.  Prior to that, Morris was an Orchestra Director, teaching 6th-8th grade students.  She began her career as a Band Director in Greenville, S.C.  Morris graduated from Converse College in 1998 with a Bachelors in Music.  She has her MBA from Webster University, and a Masters in Education Administration from Converse College.



Anna Robinson moves from the classroom to administration, as she has been named Anna Robinson Assistant Principal at Duncan Elementary School of the Arts.  Robinson has been part of the Duncan family since 2016, when she came to the school as a 3rd grade teacher.  In that short time, she was named “Teacher of the Year”, as well has one of “District Five’s Finest” teachers.  She started her teaching career in 2007, teaching 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade in Union, S.C.  Robinson has a Bachelors in Early Childhood Development from the University of South Carolina, and a Masters in Education Administration from Converse College.



Basel Qatawi joins a strong administrative team at Berry Shoals Intermediate Basel Qatawi School, as he steps into the role of Assistant Principal.  Qatawi joined District Five in 2001, as a Special Education teacher and JV Soccer coach.  He currently teaches 5th grade Math and Science at Berry  Shoals.  He started his teaching career in Polk County, N.C., teaching Computer Science and Web Development at the high school level.  He has served as a Schoology trainer as well as a “Model Classroom” teacher in District Five.  Qatawi graduated from Stillman College with a Bachelors in Computer Science.  He earned a Specialists degree in Special Education from Lander University, as well as a Masters in Elementary Education and Masters in Principal Leadership from Converse College.


Rocky Cooper joins the Duncan Elementary School of the Arts family as Administrator Rocky Cooper of Student Support.  Cooper comes to District Five from Sims Middle School in Union, S.C., where he has served as Assistant Principal for the past year.  Prior to that, Cooper was a Physical Education teacher and coach at Sims.  He began his career at White Knoll Middle School in Lexington District One, teaching P.E. and Health.  Cooper is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Physical Education.  He has a Masters in Divergent Learning from Columbia College, and a Masters in Education Administration from Converse College, where he was the recipient of the “Promising Leader” award.


Gina Creel is changing roles at Lyman Elementary School, as she has been named Gina Creel Assistant Administrator at the school.  Creel has served as a Literacy Coach at Lyman for the last three years.  Prior to that, Creel was a Reading Interventionist at Beech Springs Intermediate School, where she started her career teaching 5th and 6th grade ELA and Social Studies.  Creel earned her Bachelors in Elementary Education from USC Upstate, and a Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from Converse College.  She has her Masters of Education in Integrating the Arts from Lesley University.