Beaufort Elementary principal named district director of teaching and learning

tbarton@beaufortgazette.comApril 23, 2013 

Beaufort Elementary Principal Jennifer Morillo will lead Beaufort County School District's "curriculum mapping" next school year, turning new state curriculum standards into lessons teachers can use in the classroom.

Morillo was named director of teaching and learning by the Beaufort County Board of Education at its April 16 meeting, filling a position vacated by Ann Pressley at the beginning of the school year.

Pressley left in early September for a similar position in the Greenville County School District. Pressley is from the Upstate.

Morillo has been with the Beaufort County district since 2001, serving as a mathematics teacher at H. E. McCracken Middle School from 2001 to 2004 then as assistant principal at Lady's Island Middle School before being named principal of Beaufort Elementary in 2009.

She began her teaching career in 1997 as a South Carolina history teacher and reading teacher at Alston Middle School in Summerville.

Morillo completed her undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina and earned a master's degree in education from Charleston Southern University.

While at Beaufort Elementary, Morillo oversaw expansion of the school's academic magnet program for high-achieving Beaufort County elementary students interested in math and science, as well as the addition of a Montessori program, which will expand to include upper-elementary grades next school year.

"I'm looking forward to working with all Beaufort County schools in moving the curriculum mapping process forward," Morillo said. "Beaufort Elementary is a unique school with ... amazing staff and families. It's a bittersweet move."

She will finish the school year as principal of Beaufort Elementary and assume her new role as director of teaching and learning July 1.

The district has already advertised the principal position.

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