Beaufort News

District assistant principal named head of St. Helena Elementary School

A veteran assistant principal has been named the new principal at St. Helena Elementary School.

Tara Mack, who served as an assistant principal at Mossy Oaks Elementary School the past three years, is making her return to St. Helena Elementary, where she held the same job from 2010 to 2013.

Mack replaces Senfronia Smith, who was named in July as principal of Cross High School in Berkeley County.

“Dr. Mack is a strong leader, and I’m confident that she will do a tremendous job at St. Helena Elementary,” superintendent Jeff Moss said. “She already has work experience there, and she lives on St. Helena Island and knows the local community well.”

Mack has worked in the Beaufort County School District for the past 20 years. Prior to her six years as an assistant principal, she was a literacy coach at Broad River Elementary and also taught first grade at Broad River and St. Helena.

She was honored as Broad River Elementary’s 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year and also as a 2016 Emerging Leader by the South Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. She is a National Board-certified teacher.

“I’m excited to be going to St. Helena Elementary for a lot of reasons,” Mack said. “It’s where I started my teaching career right out college, and because I live on the island, I know what a wonderful group of children and parents we serve there. It’s also exciting because we already have a terrific team in place and ready to go.”

Mack has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, a master’s degree in elementary education from Cambridge College in Boston, a doctorate in child and youth studies from Nova Southeastern University in Miami, and an education specialist’s degree in education leadership from Liberty University.