LCSD pays tribute to principals

Lee County School District (LCSD) salutes its principals in honor of National Principals Month, the month of October. The American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) unite to celebrate the nation’s principals for their untiring dedication to the students and schools they serve. LCSD honors Dr. Veronica Bradley (West Lee Elementary School); Patrice Holmes (Lee Central Middle School); Tonya Porter (Lee County Career and Technology Center); Shelia Stukes (Lower Lee Elementary School); Baron Turner (Lee Central High School); and Ricky White, (Dennis Elementary School).

The theme this year is “Advocating for Principals, With Principals.” Advocacy activities throughout the month include: the National Distinguished Principals Program which honors exemplary elementary and middle-level principals who ensure children receive a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning and achievement; and time on Capitol Hill in support of Preparing and Retaining Education Professionals (PREP) Act, S.752. There will also be shadowing opportunities, Twitter conversations and webinars available for educators during the national observance.

About LCSD Principals

Dr. Veronica Bradley, former instructional coach at LLE is the new principal at WLE. Bradley recently earned the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in educational leadership from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., where she also earned the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in curriculum and instruction. She earned the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in middle level education with an emphasis in English and math from the University of South Carolina (USC-Columbia, S.C.). Bradley earned the Master of Science (M.S.) in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in reading from Concordia University in Portland, Ore. 

Patrice D. Holmes is the principal of LCMS. Prior to that, she served as an assistant principal at Wilson High School in Florence, S.C. A native of Marion, S.C., Holmes earned the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in business technology from Francis Marion University (FMU) and the M.A.T. in Mathematics from Winthrop University. She earned a certification in educational leadership from USC-Columbia.

Tonya Porter is the director of the Lee County Career and Technology Center (CATE) and the Project Lead the Way site coordinator for CATE. The Lee County native earned an associate of arts degree (A.A.) in liberal arts and a B.S. in criminology from St. Leo University at Shaw Air Force Base (AFB) in Sumter, S.C. She received the master of public administration (M.P.A.) with a minor in human resources from Troy State University at Shaw AFB and 30 hours toward her second master’s degree in science management with a concentration in organizational leadership. 

Shelia G. Stukes is the principal of LLE. Prior to that, Stukes served as principal of St. Paul Elementary School in Summerton, S.C. Stukes, a native of New Zion, S.C., earned the B.A. degree in music (vocal performance) from South Carolina State University (SCSU) in Orangeburg, S.C. She earned the master’s degree in music vocal performance from North Carolina School of the Arts University in Winston Salem, N.C. Stukes also holds a B.A. degree in education and a master’s degree in education with a specialization in administration and management over educational programs.

Baron Turner is the principal of LCHS. He earned an associate’s degree in automotive-diesel technology from Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) and a B.S. degree from Morris College in organizational management. Turner also earned two degrees from Cambridge College, an M.Ed. in educational administration and leadership and curriculum and instruction.

Ricky White is the principal of DES. Prior to that, he served as testing and accountability/school improvement coordinator for Clarendon School District One (CSD1). He earned the B.A. in elementary education from SCSU and the M.Ed. in school administration from Cambridge College in Augusta, Ga.