Berkeley County School District – Deon Jackson
Mr. Deon Jackson was selected as Berkeley County School District’s Superintendent on May 19, 2021, and officially assumed the role on July 1, 2021.
Prior to being named Superintendent of Berkeley County School District, Mr. Jackson served as the Chief Administrative Officer for Pupil Services.
Before his role as the Chief Administrative Officer for Pupil Services, he served as the Senior Associate Superintendent of Operations and Administration, where he was responsible for Safety & Security, Transportation, Counseling Services, Health Services, Programs for Students At-Risk, Athletics, Physical Education, ROTC, Military Relations and Drivers Education. While in that role he was also second in command on the administrative level of BCSD and represented the Superintendent when needed.
Mr. Jackson also spent time as the Senior Associate Superintendent of Operations and Administration, where he was responsible for Capital Projects and Maintenance in addition to several of the departments mentioned above.
During the 2017 Superintendent search, Mr. Jackson served as the Interim Superintendent and Chief Administrative Officer.
Before his career brought him to the BCSD central office, Mr. Jackson served in the roles of principal at Cane Bay Middle and St. Stephen Middle and assistant principal at Timberland High. In 2014, while at Cane Bay Middle, he was named BCSD Middle School Principal of the Year. In 2010, while at Timberland High, he was named BCSD High School Assistant Principal of the Year.
Prior to his becoming a school administrator, Mr. Jackson worked as a teacher in Berkeley County for four years and in Lancaster County for two years.
Mr. Jackson earned his M.Ed and Ed.S from The Citadel and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.
Charleston County School District – Don Kennedy
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Colleton County School District – Dr. Vallarie Cave
Dr. Cave has served as the Director of Consulting Services and Vice President of Business Development for the International Based Edu Tone Corporation and Information Transport Solution focusing on technology, data analysis, and strategic planning. Her work at Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Louisiana speaks to her capacity to transform intention into reality in numerous school districts.
She has presented at many national and state conferences. She has received the Spirit of Leadership Award from Job Corps, Transformation Leadership Award from Information Transport Solution for three consecutive years, and the Georgia Medical Society Health Heroes Award for her work with Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care
Some of her achievements include President-Elect for Georgia ASCD, Member of Leadership Council for National ASCD, Member of the Georgia Governor’s Task Force for College Readiness, and National Distinguished Educator Award. Under her tenure as principal, her school received awards to include Title One Distinguished School and Georgia Notable School of Improvement. She has presented at many national and state conferences. She has received the Spirit of Leadership Award from Job Corps, Transformation Leadership Award from Information Transport Solution for three consecutive years, and the Georgia Medical Society Health Heroes Award for her work with Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care.
She has led schools to the National Green Ribbon Award Recognition. Her part-time work as a University Supervisor and Associated Faculty Member at Walden University keeps her well versed in training future school leaders and teachers. Her community service includes an International Service Organization, Keep America Beautiful Campaign, and the American Cancer Society. She is a member of the Grace Chapel AME Church in Beaufort, SC where she serves as the musician and director of the Inspirational Choir. She loves to read, play the piano, and sing. Her greatest joy comes from spending time with her family and her three adorable grandchildren.
Dorchester District Two
Joseph R. Pye was born and raised in Charleston, SC. He is finishing his 48th year in education; forty-six of those years he has served in Dorchester School District Two as a teacher, principal, Personnel
Director and for the past twenty years as the District’s Superintendent.
While serving as Superintendent, the Dorchester Two has experienced phenomenal growth and now serves over 26,000 students. Despite dealing with the challenges of continued growth, coupled with funding challenges, the District continues to maintain its high academic achievement and top ranking in the State under Mr. Pye’s leadership and direction. Flowertown Elementary School became the first school in Dorchester School District Two to be recognized as a Palmetto’s Finest School during Mr. Pye’s tenure as its Principal.
While serving as Superintendent, the Dorchester Two has experienced phenomenal growth and now serves over 26,000 students. Despite dealing with the challenges of continued growth, coupled with funding
challenges, the District continues to maintain its high academic achievement and top ranking in the State under Mr. Pye’s leadership and direction. Flowertown Elementary School became the first school in Dorchester School District Two to be recognized as Palmetto’s Finest School during Mr. Pye’s tenure as its Principal. There are now twelve schools in the District that hold that distinctive honor.
Mr. Pye has received numerous honors and awards throughout his storied career. The Citadel School of Education inducted him into the Wall of Fame as a champion of education in 2013. The South Carolina Association of School Administrators named Mr. Pye the South Carolina Superintendent of the Year in 2012. The Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees recognized Mr. Pye’s service to education and named Joseph R. Pye Elementary School in his honor in 2011. Charleston Southern University bestowed upon him an honorary Doctor of Education degree in 2001.
He currently serves as a member of Engaging Creative Minds’ Board, the Citadel Zucker Family School of Education Development Advisory Board, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Executive Leadership Council. Mr. Pye has also served as Chairman of the United Way Educator Committee and as a member of both the Board of Directors of the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce and the
Board of Directors for Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union. An avid supporter of parent involvement, Mr. Pye served as the second Vice President of the South Carolina PTA and was named SC PTA Principal of the
Year while at Flowertown Elementary School. He continues his true passion for children and the education profession by teaching Sunday school at Summerville Baptist Church.
Dorchester District Four – Gerrald Wright
Mr. Gerald Wright is a graduate of the South Carolina State College.
He earned a master’s degree in counselor education and an education
specialist degree, both from South Carolina State University.
Wright has been a public educator for over 40 years. He began his
teaching career in Orangeburg Consolidated School District 3, where
he served as a teacher, coach, athletic director, guidance counselor,
assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and associate
He is married to Doris Byrd Wright. They are the proud parents of two