David McDonald named Middle School Principal of the Year

     David McDonald, principal of Indian Land Middle School, has been named the 2013 South Carolina Middle School Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.

     David was selected from an outstanding field of administrator candidates by a veteran panel of judges, SCASA officials say.

     The other finalist for the award was Jesse Hutchinson of Crossroads Middle School, Lexington District 5.

     The criteria for the selection of this award are set by the National Association of Secondary School Principals sponsored by Met Life. State sponsors also include Horace Mann and Herff Jones.

     “We are very pleased that David has been named as the SCASA Middle School Principal of the Year,” said Molly Spearman, executive director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. “He’s an outstanding educator and is very deserving of this award.”

     David has been in education 10 years, teaching at Lancaster High before moving into administration and beginning work at Indian Land Elementary/Middle as an assistant principal and later principal.

     David is in his sixth year as principal at Indian Land Middle.

     “Under David’s leadership, Indian Land Middle School continues to garner state and national awards.” Superintendent Gene Moore said. “One of the keys to his success as principal is his understanding of the importance of partnerships in the community with businesses and civic groups and his willingness to work hard to build those partnerships.” This award was presented on Tuesday, December 4, in a surprise announcement.

     SCASA, the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, has more than 3,300 members. From professional development opportunities and research, to publications and legislative advocacy, SCASA’s focus is to support school leaders in providing the best possible education for South Carolina’s young people. As a state affiliate of three national associations for school leaders, SCASA also works on the national level.