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TWO ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS ARE FINALISTS FOR AP OF THE YEAR

11/19/2020

Two assistant principals in Richland School District Two have been named finalists for Assistant Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. Dr. Tia Jones, assistant principal at Catawba Trail Elementary School, is competing for 2021 Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year. She had the honor of being named a finalist for this award in 2017. Brandon Ross, assistant principal at Ridge View High School, is competing for 2021 Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year. The selection of winners is scheduled to be announced prior to December 20th. Last year, Dr. Twanisha Garner, currently principal of L.B. Nelson Elementary School won the award while an assistant principal at Langford Elementary School.



Dr. Tia Jones, Assistant Principal at Catawba Trail Elementary School

Working as an instructional assistant at Forest Lake Elementary School in Richland Two is how Dr. Jones began her educational career 22 years ago. She taught kindergarten and second grade at Rice Creek Elementary and was a National Board Certified Teacher at Sandlapper Elementary school prior to becoming assistant principal six years ago at Catawba Trail Elementary School.

“Education is an incredible door opener with life-changing impact. It allows me to encourage, empower, and enrich many lives, as mine continues to be by trailblazers from whom I learn so much. It’s both an honor and privilege to be a finalist, representing not only my district but also my great state,” said Dr. Jones.

Dr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education from S.C. State University in Orangeburg, Master of Education degree in divergent learning from Columbia College, an Educational Specialist degree in educational administration from Cambridge College in Cambridge, MA, and Doctor of Education in organizational leadership from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC. 

She and her husband Woodrow have five children, all graduates of Richland District Two, one of whom is an elementary school teacher in the district.

Brandon Ross, Assistant Principal at Ridge View High School 

Brandon Ross has spent the last eight years working in public education. He began as an Adult Education Counselor with the W. R. Rogers Center in Richland Two and Richland One Adult Education Center. Since then he’s held several positions in Richland Two, including Career Development Facilitator, Westwood High School; School Counselor, Spring Valley High School; Assistant Administrator and Assistant Principal, Ridge View High School.

“I'm so very grateful to represent Ridge View High School and Richland Two as a finalist for SCASA's Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year. Should I go no further in this process, it will not change how I serve my school and district. This recognition belongs to the Ridge View High School community as they have been gracious in allowing me to serve them over the last four years.  Being named a finalist showcases to the students I serve, that anything is possible when you follow your pathway to purpose,” said Ross.

Ross has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina (UofSC), Master of Education in Counselor Education from South Carolina State University, and Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the UofSC. He is married to Angel, and they have one daughter, Madison, who attends middle school in Richland Two. 
 
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