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Top Honors for Sullivan’s Island Elementary

(l to r) Ralph Hayes, Kaleidoscope director Jackie Meade, Principal Susan King, and Ashley Peters pictured with the “My Principal Matters” award honoring Principal King.

Sullivan’s Island Elementary School principal Susan King recently won the “My Principal Matters” award presented by the National AfterSchool Association. This prestigious award recognizes excellence in school leadership and honors highly effective communication efforts and relationships between afterschool program leaders and principals. The SIES PTA presented Principal King with the award at their December 4 meeting.

Susan King is an exceptional leader for SIES,” says PTA President Sarah VanBuren Church. “The impact she makes can be seen on a daily basis by her willingness to talk directly with parents over any issue, large or small, and her commitment to keeping open communication between teachers, parents, staff, and school leadership groups.”

Principal King was honored to receive the award, and remained humble about the tribute while congratulating the school as a whole and the cooperative effort of the community. “I was completely surprised but also extremely proud and excited for my school,” she says. “It really speaks volumes to the school’s openness to community and the effort we have made to incorporate our afterschool programs into school planning. Afterschool care isn’t babysitting. So much goes into the planning process, and I am pleased to have those efforts recognized.”

The award comes at an exciting time in the life of the elementary school, with the groundbreaking of the new SIES occurring just a few weeks after the announcement of the award. “SIES is a truly unique school,” Church adds. “There is no question that Susan King has had a major hand in this.”

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