Dorchester District Two board members have approved new principal positions for the 2018-2019 school year.
Four district principals are retiring at the end of the year.
Annette Roper will replace retiring Principal Harolyn Hess at Fort Dorchester Elementary. Currently Roper serves as assistant principal at Sand Hill Elementary. All of her 21 years in education has been in the district serving as an elementary teacher, Title One Facilitator and assistant principal. She graduated from Charleston Southern University with a degree in elementary education and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration.
Rachel Van Damme will take over for retiring Principal Camilla Groome at Newington Elementary. Currently Van Damme serves as assistant principal at Joseph R. Pye Elementary. Van Damme has spent all of her 12 years in education in the district as an elementary teacher, math coach, Title One Facilitator, administrative intern and assistant principal. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in elementary education and from Charleston Southern University with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Administration and Supervision.
Kim Boutin will replace retiring Principal Monica O’Dea at Oakbrook Elementary, where she currently serves as assistant principal. Kim has 19 years of experience in education, all in Dorchester District Two. She has served as a middle school teacher, an elementary school teacher and an assistant principal. Boutin has a degree in elementary education from the College of Charleston and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from The Citadel.
Patrick Pye will take over as Principal at Rollings Middle School of the Arts where he has served as assistant principal for the past seven years. Current Principal Kathy Sobolewski will retire at the end of this school year. Patrick has spent his 15 years working in education in the. He has served as a teacher and a middle school Instructional Technology Specialist, in addition to Assistant Principal. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Charleston Southern University. In addition, he has earned certification as an Education Specialist in Administration and Supervision from Converse College.