PICKENS COUNTY — Janice Ward has been named the new Director of Program Evaluation and Accountability and Lori Gwinn has been named the new Director of Secondary Education for the School District of Pickens County.
Ward has served as the director of Secondary Education for the past year, and Gwinn has been the principal at Liberty High School since 2011. Both positions will be in the district’s Instructional Services department under the leadership of Sharon Huff, the Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services.
Gwinn began her career at Liberty High School in 1995 as an English teacher, before being promoted to assistant principal and eventually principal. She has a bachelor of arts degree in English from Presbyterian College, a M.A. in Educational Administration from Furman University, an Educational Specialist degree in Education Administration from the University of South Carolina, and is currently working toward earning an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from USC.
As Director of Program Evaluation and Accountability, Ward will work with schools to meet the ever- increasing demands from federal and state accountability measures. New assessments, changes to the educator evaluation system, and a focus on ensuring student growth all require an intense concentration on analyzing district and school data.
Prior to working as the Director of Secondary Education, Ward was an assistant principal at Daniel High School. She began her career as a math teacher, teaching at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School, Pickens Middle School, and Daniel High School. She also served as a curriculum assistant at Daniel High before her promotion to assistant principal there.
She holds a bachelor of science degree in Science Teaching – Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University and a M.A. in School Leadership from Furman University.