Beaufort News

Nelson named principal of Whale Branch Elementary

Anita Lynn Nelson has been selected as the new principal of Whale Branch Elementary School.

Nelson was appointed Tuesday by the Beaufort County Board of Education.

She has served as assistant principal at Shell Point Elementary School since 2007. Before that, she was the assistant principal at St. Helena Elementary School and a classroom instructor for 13 years teaching first, second and third grades, according to a school district news release.

"The Beaufort County Schools are fortunate to have such a strong leadership program which helps prepare assistant principals for principalships," superintendent Valerie Truesdale said in the release. "Ms. Nelson brings to Whale Branch Elementary exemplary experience attuned to the accelerated growth focus in our district. The interview team of parents, teachers and school district leaders are pleased to welcome her as principal of Whale Branch Elementary School."

Nelson received a bachelor of arts in elementary education from the University of South Carolina, a master's degree in elementary education from Cambridge University in Cambridge, Mass., and her master's degree in educational administration and supervision from the University of South Carolina.

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