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Leadership Announcements - May 19, 2023

RELEASE DATE: May 19, 2023
Charleston County School District (CCSD) is excited to announce and welcome the following new leaders:
  • Lisa Allison, Executive Director of Student Support Services
  • LaToya Smith, Interim Principal, North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School (effective July 1, 2023)

Lisa Allison

Lisa AllisonCCSD is excited to announce Lisa Allison as Executive Director of Student Support Services.  Allison has served in this role in an interim capacity since October 1, 2022. 

Over the last 20 years, Allison has served CCSD and held the safety and wellness of students at the heart of her work. From 2001 to 2016, she served as a school psychologist, collaborating with school teams and families to support the academic, behavioral, and social emotional learning needs of all students. Following this school-based service, she transitioned to the district's  Learning Services Division, supporting students in their efforts to read at grade level through the Primary Grades Academy (PGA) and Middle Grades Academy. During that time, CCSD students noted significant growth in reading. 

From 2016 to 2018, Alison worked as a School Climate Coordinator as a member of the district’s former Department of Alternative Programs and Services (DAP). In that role, she supported and implemented Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for students districtwide, as well as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Social Emotional Learning. During her tenure with DAP, she worked closely with climate coaches, CCSD’s social work team, and the behavior support team. 



LaToya Smith

LaToya SmithCCSD is excited to announce and welcome LaToya Smith as interim principal at North Charleston  Creative Arts Elementary School (NCCAES) effective July 1, 2023. Smith has served as assistant principal at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School for the last four years. Current NCCAES Principal Anne-Marie Murphy is relocating out of state at the conclusion of the 2022-2023 school year. 

With nearly 23 years of experience in education, Smith began her career in  2000 as a middle school math teacher. Over the next seven years, she taught students at McNair Middle School in DeKalb County School District in Georgia and at Whale Branch Middle School in Beaufort County School District in  South Carolina. In 2007, Smith took her talents to the elementary level where she served as a teacher at Shoal Creek Elementary in Georgia’s Rockdale  County School District before joining the district at North Charleston  Elementary School. 

In 2010, Smith became one of CCSD’s instructional coaches. In this role, she created and implemented professional development and instructional strategies for teachers for nearly six years at Mary Ford Elementary School,  North Charleston Elementary School, and schools in the district’s former  Innovation Zone Learning Community and Charleston Promise Neighborhood  Learning Community. Her next role took her back into the classroom at  Chicora Elementary School in 2017 as lead teacher for two years before joining CCSD’s Curriculum and Instruction Department as an instructional specialist.