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Caring for Exceptional Children Award Tops Former Principal’s Distinguished Career


Anyone who knows former Round Top Elementary School Principal Jeaneen Tucker knows that her care and concern for students receiving special education services is of the utmost importance to her. The South Carolina Council for Exceptional Children (SCCEC) has named Tucker the 2021 Principal of the Year. This award is given in recognition of Tucker’s outstanding contribution to the advancement of exceptional children and youth. 

“Having started my career serving Special Needs children in Dekalb Co., GA, in 1981, this award is especially meaningful to me,” said Tucker.  “I am humbled that one of my nomination letters was written by a family whose son is now 45 years old! While the principal of Round Top for the last 18.5 years we worked tirelessly to meet the needs of all of our students. In my retirement, I plan to continue to remain active in advocacy for exceptional children.”

Tucker joined the Richland Two team in 1985 and continued teaching students in special education classes at North Springs Elementary and Dent Middle School. She has worked as a school counselor at North Springs Elementary, Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary and Rice Creek Elementary; an assistant administrator at Rice Creek, assistant principal at Bethel-Hanberry Elementary and principal of Round Top Elementary. Before retiring last December, Tucker was also recognized as the 2020 recipient of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators Lifetime Achievement Award.

Attending Jacksonville State University, Tucker earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, and a Master of Education degree and Education Specialist degree from the University of South Carolina. SCCEC will recognize her at its annual conference which will be held online this weekend.