All About Intermin Principal Anderson
Charleston County School District (CCSD) welcomed Carolyn Anderson as interim principal at Septima P. Clark Academy. Anderson joins Clark Academy from North Charleston High School where she has served as an assistant principal for the last four years. Anderson began her career in CCSD in 1989 at Burke High School as a teacher assistant. She later served as a Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher for several years before joining the staff at Brentwood Middle School in North Charleston as an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher.
During her time at Brentwood, Anderson not only implemented the AVID program to increase student’s choice of postsecondary education, but also taught keyboarding and computer literacy to grades six through eight. She served as chairperson of the leadership team for Parent and Community Involvement and as the Parent Coordinator, as well as incorporated student activities with the North Charleston Recreation Department. In 2009, Anderson joined Morningside Middle as a leadership teacher where she designed a curriculum around character, leadership skills, and the study of “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens” by Sean Covey. She also created activities that catered to single-gender studies, planned various field trips to encourage higher education, and organized leadership retreats for students.Two years later, Anderson became an assistant administrator at CCSD’s Sixth Grade Academy at the Ron McNair campus before taking a position at Jerry Zucker Middle School as a career and technology teacher. In 2017, Anderson moved into her most recent role as assistant principal at North Charleston High School where she oversaw nearly 200 students in the school’s Ninth Grade Academy.
Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from South Carolina State University, a Master of Business Administration from Webster University, and a Master of Education in Secondary Administration and Supervision from Charleston Southern University. In addition to her roles in the classroom, Anderson served as a South Carolina Teacher Mentor from 2008 to 2017 where she offered support to induction teachers in the district through mentorship in the development of teaching skills, classroom management, and effective communication with students and parents. Anderson also is the founder and director of Anderson Alpha Angels, LLC (AAA), an all girls’ elementary, middle, and high school team program designed to cultivate the personal strengths of young women through stepping.
Dear Clark Family,
I am so excited to join the Septima P. Clark Family as the Interim Principal for the 2021-2022 school year. I bring you greetings as a graduate scholar of a Charleston County School District (CCSD) High School. I graduated from the former Bonds-Wilson High School in 1983. Which was formerly located on the grounds of Academic Magnet High School and School of the Arts.
I pursued my Bachelor of Marketing degree at the illustrious SC State University in Orangeburg, SC from 1983-1987. I saw the need to further my education by obtaining a Master of Business Administration Degree from Webster University in 2002 and a Master of Secondary Leadership and Supervision Degree from Charleston Southern University in 2008. I’m proud to navigate into my 26th year with CCSD this year, 2021.
I am married to Mr. Shelly Anderson for 15 wonderful years. I have been blessed with two sons, Joffery & Jalen and 4 precious Gbabies. I love to help people, travel the world, and create a space for everyone to be themselves.
I’m a leader that leads with a Visionary and Servant heart. I am here to support the Clark Family with all unselfishness. “Education is my passion, teaching is my drive, and students are my love.” I am looking forward to the 2021-2022 school year. I offer to all stakeholders my gifts, my love and my support.
I have an open door policy. Please don’t hesitate to contact Ms. Sade’ Nelson, our awesome secretary/bookkeeper to schedule a time to meet.
Ms. Carolyn S. AndersonInterim Principal
All About Ms. Septima Poinsette Clark
Septima P. Clark was a educator and civil rights activist. She is often credited as being the Grandmother of the Civil Rights Movement. In 1898, Ms. Clark was born in Charleston, SC. She would go on to earn a bachelor's degree from Benedict College and a master's degree from Hampton University. Ms. Clark taught children during the school day and illiterate adults on her own time at night. Ms. Clark is most famous for establishing "Citizenship Schools". These schools were designed to teach reading to adults throughout the Deep South, in hopes of carrying on a tradition. The creation of citizenship schools developed from Septima Clark's teaching of adult literacy courses during her earlier career. While the project served to increase literacy, it also served as a means to empower Black communities. Septima Clark wrote two autobiographies during her lifetime, in which she recorded her lifelong experiences. Septima P. Clark died on December 15, 1987.