- Spartanburg District Five
Leadership Changes Announced
Spartanburg District Five Schools is proud to announce several leadership changes, and new faces in District administration, following approval from our Board of Trustees.
Mr. Todd Hardy has been selected as District Five’s new Chief Administrative Officer. Hardy is no stranger to District Five, and has proudly served as the Principal of Byrnes High School since 2016.
Prior to leading Byrnes, Hardy briefly worked in Greenville County Schools as the Director of Academic Support, overseeing the district’s Gifted and Talented, STEM, STEAM, and project based learning programs. In addition, his department provided professional development and wrote curriculum for the district’s 84 schools. Mr. Hardy began his administrative career in Spartanburg Five, first as an Assistant Principal at Florence Chapel Middle School from 2004-2006, then as the first Principal of Byrnes Freshman Academy from 2006-2010. He left in 2010 to assume the Principal role at Broome High School, his alma mater, in Spartanburg District Three.
Hardy earned his Bachelors in Secondary Education Social Studies from USC-Upstate. He also has a Masters in Education Administration and an Ed.S. degree in Administration and Leadership from Converse College.
An official start date of the Chief Administrative Officer position has not been announced. As a result, Hardy will remain as Principal at Byrnes for the foreseeable future, to help guide the school through reopening in the fall. The District will begin the search for a new Byrnes Principal later this year.
Mrs. Karen McMakin has been named to a new role of Director of Federal and Gifted Programs. McMakin joins the District leadership team following seven years as Principal of Abner Creek Academy. Before that, McMakin served as Assistant Principal at Abner Creek, helping to open the school in 2008. The longtime educator started her career in District Five, first as a teacher at Startex Elementary, and then went on to teach 7th and 8th grade math and science at D.R. Hill Middle School.
She holds her Bachelors degree in elementary education from Clemson University, and two Masters degrees in Special Education and Educational Leadership from Converse College.
The district will begin the search immediately for a new Principal at Abner Creek Academy.
Mitu Bagchi will be joining the Spartanburg District Five team as Coordinator of Special Services. Bagchi comes to District Five from Spartanburg Six, where she most recently worked as a literacy coach at Dawkins Middle School since 2016. Prior to that, she was a curriculum writer for the South Carolina Department of Education, collaborating with educators from across the state to develop middle school curriculum units. She began her career as a special education teacher at West View Elementary School in Spartanburg Six, working with students who had emotional and learning disabilities.
Bagchi received her Bachelors degree in General Education from the University of Calcutta, India, then later earned her Bachelors in Special Education from Converse College. She also holds a Masters of Science degree in School Psychology from Capella University.
Finally, Mrs. Robin Bronson has been selected as Assistant Principal at Byrnes High School. Bronson has taught special education at Byrnes since 2012, proudly achieving a 100% graduation rate for all seniors on her special needs caseload. Beyond the classroom, Bronson has also served as the Head Varsity Cheerleading Coach for the Rebels for the last 8 years. She earned Region Coach of the Year honors in 2014, 2017 and 2018. She began her career at East Lake High School in Largo, FL, teaching students with varying exceptionalities and autism.
Bronson has her Bachelors in Education Emotional Handicaps, Masters in Education Varying Exceptionalities, and an Educational Leadership Certification all from the University of South Florida. She also earned her Athletic Leadership Certification from Clemson University in 2019.