School district hires Roach as new assistant superintendent

PICKENS — The School District of Pickens County announced last week that it had hired a new assistant superintendent of administration and a new principal for Pickens Middle School.

Bill Roach

Bill Roach

Dr. William Roach Jr., who has served as principal and executive director at Greer Middle College Charter High School since 2010, responsible for both theinstructional and financial sides of the school’s operations, will be the new assistant superintendent of administration.

Reggia Stapleton, meanwhile, will transfer from Easley High School, where she served this year as principal of graduation advancement programs, to take the helm at Pickens Middle School.

As assistant superintendent of administration, Roach will oversee three district-wide departments in financial services, operations and accountability and information technology services. He will also be the district office’s primary contact for all principals and program directors.

He carries 22 years of experience in education to his new role. Prior to heading Greer Middle College, Roach was the principal of Berea High School from 2003-2010. He also served as an assistant principal at Berea High School and Woodmont High School, and he worked as an administrative assistant at Greenville High School. He began his career as a social studies teacher and coach at Greenville High School in 1992.

Reggia Stapleton

Reggia Stapleton

He holds a B.A. in political science and a Master of Arts in educational administration, supervision and leadership from Furman University. He also holds an Ed. S. in educational leadership and a Ph. D. in education leadership from the University of South Carolina.

Roach’s honors and memberships include being named an Outstanding Young American, Danforth Fellow, Kappa Delta Pi Academic Society, South Carolina Association of School Administrators, Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Administrators and the Greer Chamber of Commerce Board. He has also worked since
1994 as a counselor for Broyhill Leadership Services.

Prior to last year at Easley High, Stapleton served as the director of the John T. Simpson Alternative Program from 2011-2013. She began her career in education as a teacher at Parker Middle School in 1985. She went on to teach at Easley Junior High School (later Gettys Middle School) and Easley High School. In 2005, she became an assistant principal at Pickens Middle School. She also served as assistant director at John T. Simpson and as interim principal of R.C. Edwards Middle School.

Stapleton holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in sociology and secondary education from Clemson University and a Master’s Degree in administration and supervision from Clemson University.

Her honors and memberships include being named the 2012-2013 South Carolina Business and Professional Woman of Accomplishment of the Year, member of Who’s Who Among American Teachers and a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.

Stapleton taking over at Pickens Middle