Assistant Principal Melissa Pender will replace Charles Delforge

New principal for Coosa among new hires
Posted on 06/18/2019
Pieces fitting together

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Board of Education approves new principal
for Coosa Elementary, two program directors

BEAUFORT – A trio of education veterans has been selected to lead a district elementary school and two district-wide programs.  All three selections were approved tonight by the Beaufort County Board of Education.

Melissa Pender, an assistant principal at Coosa Elementary, was approved by the Board of Education tonight to become the school’s next principal.  Pender will replace Charles Delforge, who retired.

Juliet White, currently the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Colleton County School District, will direct Beaufort County special education programs that serve more than 2,400 students who deal with a wide variety of learning challenges.  White will replace Brenda Hunt, who retired. 

Kimberly Hobley, currently a social/emotional learning coach for the Atlanta Public Schools, will be in charge of educating Beaufort County students who are removed from their regular classrooms for disciplinary reasons.  

Pender, White and Hobley will assume their new duties on July 1.

Pender has worked in the Beaufort County School District for her entire 22-year education career.  She taught second, third and fifth grades at Coosa Elementary before being named an assistant principal two years ago.

Pender has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina, a Master’s Degree in Integration of Technology into Education from Lesley University and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Administration from the University of South Carolina.

White, prior to taking her current position in Colleton County, worked in special education positions in Calhoun County, Berkeley County and Orangeburg Consolidated District 5.  She has worked as a speech language pathologist in Orangeburg and Charleston and also as an adjunct professor at South Carolina State University.

White has three degrees from South Carolina State University: a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology and Audiology, a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership.  She also has a Ph.D in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of South Carolina. 

Hobley began her 17-year education career teaching English in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Atlanta.  She remained in the Atlanta Public Schools as an instructional coach to teachers and later as an assistant principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  She has specialized in programs designed to assist students with disciplinary, social or emotional challenges.

Hobley has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education from the University of North Florida, a Master’s Degree in Foundations of Education from Florida Atlantic University and a Ph.D in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Applications for all three positions were screened to determine which candidates met the basic qualifications.  Screening teams then reviewed the applications in depth and recommended candidates for personal interviews.

Next, interview committees met with the recommended candidates.  After each interview, committee members rated the candidates and those ratings were submitted to Berg and Rodriguez, who then recommended Pender, White and Mobley to the Board of Education.