PROSPERITY — Beverly Wood has quite a long resume and can now add Assistant Principal at Mid-Carolina Middle School to her growing list.
Originally from Mullins, Wood received her undergraduate in Athletic Training from Erskine College in Due West then continued her education at The University of South Carolina, receiving her master’s in Physical Education.
Wood has also taught sixth, seventh and eighth grade science at Whitmire Community School, served as a school testing coordinator for grades 6 through 12 and has taught Gifted and Talented Enrichment along with a handful of other classes.
While teaching, Wood put her athletic training to use by serving as athletic trainer for middle school junior varsity and varsity sports.
“I went through the PACE program to get my teacher certification and then over time I was just given more and more opportunities to grow and pick up additional responsibilities. I had great mentors from Whitmire, Joey Haney, Martha Suber and Dan McGlohorn,” said Wood.
Although Wood is in her first year as Assistant Principal, she is looking forward to working with Principal Deedee Westwood to make Mid-Carolina Middle School an even greater school than it already is.
“The staff here is everything and I want to continue to work with them and help them develop their own talents and skills to be better than they already are. They’re pretty self-motivated already, I just want to continue to guide them,” said Wood. “I plan on being very visible inside and outside the classroom and in between class changes.
“I’m also getting to know the community as well, because one thing about Whitmire is that they are very community-driven and they expect to see you out and about so I’m hoping to bring that to Mid-Carolina Middle School as well,” she added. “You can’t help the students if you don’t know where they come from.”
Wood added that it’s important the students not only see her as negative reinforcement, but as someone that is watching them do good things as well.
“I’m very excited to be here. The support I have received from teachers, administration, parents and students has been very overwhelming. They have been positive and shown nothing but support and that has really helped the transition, because being at Whitmire for 10 years you really build that safety net of everybody knows you and they know what you do, so when you come to a new school or new community you don’t have that. It’s new but I’m very excited,” said Wood.
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