Two middle school principal appointments among district moves

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The appointments of principals at two middle schools were among a package of administrative moves announced last week by the Beaufort County School District.

Neodria Brown, an assistant principal at Hilton Head Island High School, will be principal of Hilton Head Island Middle School.  Chad Cox, currently an assistant principal at Robert Smalls International Academy, will be principal of Whale Branch Middle School.  Both appointments become effective on Jan. 5.

“Ms. Brown and Mr. Cox have solid leadership skills and administrative experience,” said Superintendent Jeffrey Moss. “They know what it takes to operate a successful school, and they also can relate well to students, parents and community members.”

Greg Stickel, current principal at Hilton Head Island Middle School, will become an assistant principal at Lady’s Island Middle School, while Matthew Hunt, current principal at Whale Branch Middle, will become an assistant principal at Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts.  Current Lady’s Island Middle Assistant Principal Greg Hall will become an assistant principal at Robert Smalls International Academy.

Neodria Brown is a nine-year education veteran who began her career in Durham, N.C. teaching science to seventh- and eighth-graders before becoming a principal intern. She moved to Hilton Head to become an assistant principal in 2012.

Chad Cox is an 11-year education veteran who began his career as a social studies teacher at Battery Creek High School before becoming an assistant principal there.  Since then, he has also served in assistant principal positions at Whale Branch Early College High and Robert Smalls International Academy.  Cox has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Clemson University and a master’s degree in school administration from Cambridge College.

Reginald Deas, assistant principal at Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts, has been named as the district’s personnel director.  In his new role, the veteran educator will supervise day-to-day personnel operations.

Deas began his 25-year career in Savannah, Ga, where he served as a teacher and athletics coach at two middle schools and two high schools.

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