Superintendent

Dr. Sean Alford

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Degrees and Certifications:

The Citadel-Bachelor of Science, Education; The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee-Master of Science, Educational Administration; The University of South Carolina-Educational Specialist, Educational Leadership; The University of South Carolina-Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Leadership

Dr. Sean Alford

Dr. Sean Alford serves as the Superintendent of the Aiken County Public School District.

Dr. Alford has 24 years of experience in education, including work as a teacher, Administrative Assistant, Assistant Principal, Student Services Supervisor, Student Services Director, Principal, and Chief Instructional Services Officer.

Prior to working with the District, Dr. Alford served as an Assistant Superintendent in Dorchester School District Two, where he directed  instruction and technology for twenty-two schools with 25,000 students and more than 1,500 teachers and staff. That district saw double digit gains in graduation rates under his leadership.

In a previous role as Beaufort County’s Chief Instructional Services Officer, seven schools achieved “Excellent” report card ratings; none received the top rating before his direction and supervision.

He was named Superintendent in August of 2015 and has made deliberate efforts to engage all community members and lead the District on a path forward to performing as the premier school district in South Carolina.



Chief Officer of Operations & Student Services

Dr. Shawn Foster

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Degrees and Certifications:

Livingstone College-Bachelor of Arts, Social Work; Webster University-Master of Arts; Columbia College-Master of Education; South Carolina State University-Doctor of Education

Dr. Shawn Foster

Dr. Shawn Foster is the Chief Officer of Operations & Student Services for the Aiken County Public School District.

Dr. Foster oversees the day-to-day operations of the Aiken County Public School District’s departments and is also responsible for the Student Services division.

Dr. Foster has worked in education at the classroom, school, and district levels in a career covering 16 years. Prior to working for the District, he served as Director of Student and Administrative Services for Spartanburg School District 7.



Director of Operations

Dr. Tim Yarborough

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Degrees and Certifications:

The University of South Carolina at Aiken-Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Education; The University of South Carolina (USC)-Master of Education and Educational Specialist, Educational Leadership; Georgia Southern University-Doctor of Education, Education Administration

Dr. Tim Yarborough

Dr. Tim Yarborough is the Director of Operations for the Aiken County Public School District.

Dr. Yarborough is the Director of operations for the Aiken County Public School District (ACPSD). He develops school and District safety initiatives while overseeing the School Resource Officer Program. He also directs the district's response to energy conservation needs.

Dr. Yarborough has extensive experience in educational leadership at the classroom, school, and district levels in a career covering nearly three decades.

Prior to working for the District, he served as a high school teacher and assistant principal in the Richmond County, Georgia, school system.

He began working for Aiken County in July 2000 and is committed to the success of all students and employees at the secondary level.



Chief Officer of Administration

Mr. King Laurence

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University of South Carolina Aiken-Bachelor of Arts in EducationUniversity of South Carolina-Master of Education, Educational Administration

Mr. King Laurence

King Laurence serves as the Chief Officer of Administration for the Aiken County Public School District.

As Chief Officer of Administration, King Laurence serves as the District Ombudsman and is responsible for coordinating long-range strategic planning, assessing program implementation and effectiveness, and working with community stakeholders to advance the mission and goals of Aiken County Public Schools.

Mr. Laurence has 30 years of experience in education, having served as Aiken’s Associate Superintendent for Instruction and Accountability, Director of Federal Programs, and Principal at Cyril B. Busbee Elementary School. Mr. Laurence has represented Aiken County at the state level serving on the executive board of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators’ Instructional Leaders Roundtable and as president of the South Carolina Association of Title I Administrators.

In addition to his duties with Aiken County Public Schools, Laurence serves as chairman of the board for Education Matters, a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting academic excellence and enrichment.

 



Chief Officer of Finance

Mr. M. O. “Tray” Traxler, III

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The University of South Carolina at Aiken-Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Accounting

Mr. M. O. “Tray” Traxler, III

Tray Traxler is the Chief Officer of Finance for the Aiken County Public School District.

He supervises three departments – Business Services, Purchasing, and School Food Service. He also implements and tracks the District’s $270 million budget. More recently, he maintains financial oversight of the District’s new 1% Education Capital Improvement Sales & Use Tax. 

Mr. Traxler spent the first 10 years of his career in public accounting, where he specialized in audits of city and county governments and school districts. He currently serves on the Board of the South Carolina Association of School Business Officials (SCASBO).

Mr. Traxler joined the District in July 2007, and feels blessed to play a small role in the education of the District’s 25,000 students.

 

 



Chief Officer of Instruction

Dr. Andrea "DeeDee" Washington

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Degrees and Certifications:

The University of South Carolina (USC)-Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education; Converse-Master of Education, Educational Administration; The University of South Carolina (USC)-Educational Specialist Degree, Doctorate in Educational Administration.

Dr. Andrea "DeeDee" Washington

Dr. Andrea "DeeDee" Washington serves as the Chief Officer of Instruction for the Aiken County Public School District.

Dr. Washington comes to our District with 14 years of administrative experience serving most recently as Greenville County Schools’ Associate Superintendent for Academics.

Certified as a Superintendent, Elementary Principal and in Elementary Education, Dr. Washington has led districts in a variety of areas, including instructional programming in Greenville and Spartanburg District Five.

Dr. Washington’s heightened emphasis on curriculum development, implementation of innovative, research-based instructional practices and the analysis and effective use of data have proven to be a winning combination in the upstate. She was named District Administrator of the Year in 2012, and later that year, selected to lead Greenville’s academic programs as Associate Superintendent.

Prior to her district leadership role, Dr. Washington served as a school principal.



Executive Director of Elementary Schools

Mrs. Laurie Pack Reese

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University of South Carolina at Aiken; The University of South Carolina (USC)-Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, Master of Education, Elementary Education, and Master of Education, Educational Administration

Mrs. Laurie Pack Reese

Laurie Reese is the Executive Director for Elementary Schools for the Aiken County Public School District.

She is responsible for administering and supervising the educational programs for nine of the district’s 20 elementary schools. 

Mrs. Reese has more than 26 years of educational experience working with the Aiken County Public School District. She taught grades three and five for twelve years and was named Teacher of the Year on two occasions. Mrs. Reese served as an assistant principal for eight years and school principal for five years prior to being named Executive Director for Elementary Schools for the district in 2014. 

She serves the Aiken County community as facilitator of the North Augusta  Service Network and Advisory Board member for the North Augusta branch of the Megiddo Dream Station.

    



Executive Director of Elementary Schools

Ms. Janice Kitchings

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South Carolina State University-Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education; Charleston Southern University-Master of Education, Elementary Administration and Supervision

Ms. Janice Kitchings

Janice Kitchings serves as Executive Director of Elementary Schools for the Aiken County Public School District. 

She is responsible for goal setting, planning, organizing, coordinating, decision-making and communicating with district office administration and school-based personnel.  Ms. Kitchings also serves on the Superintendent’s leadership team.   

Ms. Kitchings brings over 31 years of educational experience to the profession. She has worked at the elementary and middle school levels as a teacher, Lead Teacher/Curriculum Coordinator, a Teacher Specialist on Site through the S.C. State Department of Education, a SCRI Reading Coach, and an Elementary  Principal.   Ms. Kitchings is very passionate about providing the best education possible for our students.  

 



Executive Director of Middle Schools

Mrs. Joy Shealy

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Clemson University-Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education (Special Education concentration); The University of South Carolina (USC)-Masters Plus 30, Instructional Leadership

Mrs. Joy Shealy

Joy Shealy serves as the Executive Director of Middle Schools for the Aiken County Public School District. 
                                              
She ensures that the policies, procedures, and initiatives of the School Board related to middle school education are advanced in a safe, orderly, and purposeful environment on all middle school campuses.  

Over the last 32 years, in addition to being an Executive Director, Mrs. Shealy has also served as a high school and elementary school special education and gifted and talented teacher, a middle school assistant principal, a middle school and elementary school principal, and an assistant superintendent for Area 1 and Area 4.

With a focus on providing world class knowledge and skills to all students,  Mrs. Shealy is honored to serve with administrators, teachers, and staff who are dedicated to supporting excellence in all middle school students





Director of Accountability and Assessment

Ms. Kate Olin

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State University of New York-Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Political Science; University of Louisville-Master’s of Administration (Masters Plus 30, Educational Administration)

Ms. Kate Olin

Ms. Kate Olin serves as the Director of Accountability and Assessment for the Aiken County Public School District.

Ms. Olin comes to the District with nearly two decades of proven experience in helping to advance teaching, learning and instructional effectiveness at the secondary and post-secondary level.

Ms. Olin has served as the Director of Planning and Assessment for the University of Louisville’s College of Business and Public Administration. Following her work at the collegiate level, Olin worked as the Director of The Evaluation Network and provided senior level consultation and services to K-12 and post-secondary educational organizations to support assessment, evaluation accreditation, compliance, and program and resource development.

The bulk of Olin’s educational administration experience was gained during her time in the instructional services department with the Beaufort County School District, a role she began in 2009. There she directed the design, implementation and evaluation of targeted professional development and secured funding for initiatives which supported teaching and learning.

 

 



Director of Human Resources

Ms. Tomiko Smalls

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Augusta State University-Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership, Clemson University-Master of Education, Elementary Education; Clemson University-Bachelor of Arts, Early Childhood Education

Ms. Tomiko Smalls

Tomiko Smalls is the Director of Human Resources for the Aiken County Public School District.

She oversees the recruitment, employment, support, evaluation, and retention of employees who meet the academic and extracurricular needs of our students. 

Ms. Smalls has twenty-three years of service as an educator, administrator, and organization liaison for school districts, colleges, universities, and state agencies. In addition to 14 years of teaching experience, she has served as a Reading Interventionist, Student Support Specialist, and ELA Partner Teacher for the school district.   

She has been employed with Aiken County Public Schools since 1998 and in the Department of Human Resources since May 2010.  She continues to provide district leadership through service to our community and schools.  



Director of Communications

Ms. Merry Glenne Piccolino

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The University of Georgia-Bachelor of Arts, Journalism & Public Relations

Ms. Merry Glenne Piccolino

Ms. Merry Glenne Piccolino is the Director of Communications for the Aiken County Public School District.

She leads the District’s Communications and Community Relations Department and is responsible for media coverage, the website, marketing, building partnerships within the community and volunteerism.

Ms. Piccolino has extensive experience in communications, with a career spanning more than a decade in the journalism, public relations and development fields.

Piccolino previously served as the Regional Editor for skirt! Magazine and as a Development Officer for University Health Care System. She is a Board Member for Aiken Performing Arts, an Ambassador for the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Aiken County.

She began working for Aiken County in July 2014 and is delighted for the opportunity to devote her time and talents to supporting public school education in her community.