Port Royal Elementary Principal Jo Shirley named new principal at Joseph S. Shanklin

February 22, 2012 

The Beaufort County Board of Education unanimously approved the selection of Jo Shirley as the new principal of Joseph S. Shanklin Elementary School.

Shirley, principal of Port Royal Elementary School for the past two years, will take over at Joseph S. Shanklin next school year. She replaces Mark Mansell, who is moving to Robert Smalls Middle School to oversee the transition of fifth-graders into the school, according to a school district news release.

“We have made strides at Port Royal Elementary over the past two years,” Shirley said in the release, “and I’m very excited about the new opportunities and challenges ahead at Joseph S. Shanklin.”

Shirley has served as an assistant principal at Killian Elementary and Bridge Creek Elementary schools in Columbia. Shirley received her B.A. in psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles, and has earned master’s degrees in business administration and teaching as well as a master’s certification in education administration.

“Jo’s experience as a teacher and school leader makes her an excellent choice,” superintendent Valerie Truesdale said in the release. “I’m confident that the school’s students, parents, faculty, staff and community supporters will be very pleased with her leadership.”

A search will begin immediately to replace Shirley at Port Royal Elementary, the release said.

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