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Principal Vanessa Brown

Principal Vanessa Brown is a resident of North Charleston.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of South Carolina and continued her education earning a Master of Arts in Teaching from Charleston Southern University and a second Masters in Education Supervision in 2007. 

She taught social studies in Charleston County Schools for nine years before beginning her career as a secondary administrator.  She served as an Assistant Principal at R.B. Stall High School and Garrett Academy of Technology. Vanessa was appointed Principal of Baptist Hill Middle High School in 2015 and served there for five years. In January 2020 Vanessa was assigned to the Cooper River Center for Advanced Studies to oversee the final phase of construction and opening of the 9 new Career and Technology Programs.

Principal Brown is married to the love of her life, Tony Brown.  They have four children and one adorable granddaughter. She spends her time outside of school serving in ministry, gardening, walking, and traveling with her family.
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Assistant Principal Robert Grant

Hello families and friends of the Cooper River Center for Advanced Studies. I am super excited to join the CAS team for the upcoming school term. I come to you with twenty-seven years of educational experience under my belt. The past 17 years, I've spent honing my skills as an educational leader within CCSD.  It is my  intent to be transformational in my approach to enhancing the educational experience of students; all while growing the instructional capacity of the faculty. I fully anticipate the pending success of our students as we work together to maximize individual talents.  
 
Robert Grant
 
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Career Counselor Shirley Godfrey-Jackson

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Mrs. Godfrey-Jackson grew up as a military dependent previously residing in Zaragoza, Spain. Her father's USAF retirement three decades ago brought her family to North Charleston, South Carolina.

Mrs. Godfrey-Jackson is a graduate of The Citadel Corps of Cadets with a B.A. in Psychology and a M.Ed. in Secondary Counselor Education. She additionally holds certification as a Career Developmental Facilitator and in 2004, Mrs. Godfrey-Jackson started working for Charleston County School District. During her career with CCSD she has worked as a Student Data Clerk, Student Concern Specialist, College Access Coordinator, Developmental Math Teacher, Twilight Teacher, School Counselor, AVID Elective Teacher, Guidance Director, and Title 1 Parent Educator. She is currently serving as the Career Counselor for the Cooper River Center for Advanced Studies.

Reach Mrs. Godfrey-Jackson via email at shirley_jackson@charleston.k12.sc.us or her office at 843.953.3133.