Doggett chosen to lead Washington Street Elementary For 2019-20

Doggett chosen to lead Washington Street Elementary For 2019-20
Posted on 08/06/2019
Don DoggettHARTSVILLE, S.C. – Don D. Doggett of Columbia, SC, has been chosen to serve as interim principal at Washington Street Elementary School in Hartsville for the 2019-2020 school year.

“I am very confident that the Washington Street Elementary School and community will be in good hands this year with Mr. Doggett as Principal,” said Dr. Tim Newman, superintendent of the Darlington County School District. “Mr. Doggett has extensive experience in Priority schools and schools similar to Washington Street. He has shown much success in his prior school leadership roles and I have no doubt he will do the same in Darlington County. The DCSD extends a warm welcome to Mr. Doggett.”

Over his 24-year education career, Doggett has been a teacher, assistant principal, principal and superintendent and has led three South Carolina elementary schools as principal: Marshall Elementary School (Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5), James Davis Early Learning Center and Whale Branch Elementary School (Beaufort County), and Estill Elementary School (Hampton County District 2). Doggett has extensive experience with school improvement, program design and implementation, curriculum development, positive behavior intervention systems, teacher recruitment, gifted and talented programs, and early reading intervention. He is committed to working with parents and community members to strengthen relationships and ensure the support and academic success of every student on campus.

Doggett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance from Howard University. In addition, he is in the process of obtaining his doctorate through South Carolina State University. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of School Administrators, the National Educators Association, the South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators, and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. He is an author and presenter with nine industry articles and numerous state and national presentations under his belt.

“I am excited to join Darlington County School District and the faculty and staff at Washington Street Elementary,” said Doggett. “I look forward to fostering partnerships with the school and community to support students and their families. I chose this opportunity to serve at Washington Street Elementary based on my experience improving student achievement, merging two schools and to jump at the opportunity to work with Dr. Newman.”

Doggett will serve as interim principal for the school, beginning August 7, 2019. In the fall of 2020, Washington Street Elementary and West Hartsville Elementary schools will combine to form a new school. The new school is currently under construction on Bay Road in Hartsville. The principal of the new school has not yet been named.