Mount Pleasant Magazine Sept-Oct 2023

36 | | Charleston County School District has two promising principals who are beginning new roles in the 2023-2024 school year. Ashley Dorsey will lead James B. Edwards Elementary and Jason Sims will oversee Laurel Hill Primary School. Dorsey is moving from Laurel Hill, where she served as principal, into the same leadership role at James B. Edwards. She has a plethora of teaching experience from both Carolinas. Receiving her undergraduate degree from Clemson University, Dorsey began her teaching career in the Charlotte area. She earned certification for K-12 AcademicallyIntellectually Gifted from the University of Virginia as well as her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from The Citadel. “Throughout my leadership experience, I have approached each opportunity with one question in mind, ‘Is my decision what is best for students?’ This creates a school culture that is student-centered and student-driven,” Dorsey said. “High-quality, valued and supported teachers and staff are the first step in accomplishing this. Positive relationships between students and staff inspire students to desire success.” With a focus on students and families, the James B. Edwards community is ready to welcome Dorsey with open arms. She has implemented a variety of programs throughout her career including positive parent relationship building such as class picnics, positive postcards and mystery readers. Dorsey is committed to high-quality academics and a curriculum that will benefit all students. Principal Promotions Local elementary, primary schools under new leadership BY CARI LAWSON our town Ashley Dorsey will lead James B. Edwards Elementary.