Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Cynthia Hewitt
As an educator and an individual, Cynthia Hewitt values the cultivation of meaningful interpersonal relationships – positive relationships drive collaboration and foster success.
Within the context of a school environment, developing meaningful partnerships is a strength she has utilized for most of her career in education, first as a school counselor, then as a teacher and finally as an assistant principal, and it is one she will continue to employ in her next leadership position as the new principal of Aiken Elementary School.
“I am very honored and excited to have this opportunity,” Hewitt stated. “I worked at Aiken Elementary previously for nine years, and I am just honored to return and lead them as the school’s principal. It is bittersweet for me, really, because I absolutely adore Gloverville Elementary, but in my heart it was time to move along in my career professionally, and I was ready to be a building principal.”
Hewitt’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education in school counseling from Clemson University, and a Masters of Education in Educational leadership from the University of Phoenix.
Prior to serving as an assistant principal at Gloverville Elementary, Hewitt served as a school counselor at Aiken Elementary. She has also served as a classroom teacher at North Augusta Elementary, and as a school counselor at Springfield Elementary in Charleston, South Carolina.
Hewitt says her many years of work as a counselor has uniquely prepared her for the new position as a building and community leader, where she will strive to enhance school culture at Aiken Elementary.
“I definitely believe having been a school counselor has helped me to be a very effective administrator,” Hewitt commented. “Empathy is something that I believe you are born with, and it is something that has to be genuine and from the heart. I use my counseling skills a lot, because as a leader those people skills are so important. Getting to know the whole person – whether it be a student or faculty member – it all starts with those genuine relationships.”
Before the start of the school year, Hewitt says she will focus on developing school culture and instructional pieces to foster future academic growth at Aiken Elementary.
“I want to cultivate a culture in which everyone understands we are all working together. One that will help all students be successful and grow, while also developing them as future-ready students. I believe that starts with building relationships,” Hewitt stated. “I want to get to know everyone, and really develop that school culture. Then I want to look at those systems and instructional practices and see what we can do to improve in those areas.”
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Leroy Walker
My name is Leroy Walker and I am honored to serve as the Assistant Principal at Aiken Elementary. I have two beautiful daughters, Kensley (5) and Kendall (3) . I am a proud product of the Aiken County School District. During my childhood years, I attended Millbrook and Redcliffe Elementary, Jackson Middle and Silver Bluff High School. After graduation, I enrolled at Middle Georgia College, where I earned a baseball scholarship and had the opportunity to play college baseball. In 2001, our team had the opportunity to play in the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. Following my two years at Middle Georgia, I was recruited by USCA and came back home to finish my baseball career. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, I enrolled at the University of South Carolina and earned a Master’s degree in Physical Education. In 2014, I earned a second Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
My first full time teaching position was at New Ellenton Middle where I was also the Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director. The next year, I was the halftime Physical Education teacher between Greendale Elementary and New Ellenton Middle. During those 7 years, I was also a Varsity football coach and the Head baseball coach at Silver Bluff High School. Currently, I am the Assistant Principal at Aiken Elementary. The faculty, staff, PTA, students and parents are amazing. I am truly blessed to be in a profession where I can be a positive role model and inspire young minds daily. Over the years, the feeling of giving back to students is amazing. Just to see a student who doesn’t have any hopes or dreams develop a goal for success in life is truly beyond belief and has made my career choice rewarding. I didn’t begin my career with the intention of taking on an uphill battle, but while continuing on, I will take on that rocky, steep hill and do my best to pull ALL students up with me.