New Leaders Start First Week at Three Area Schools


Lady’s Island Elementary, Riverview Charter and Lady’s Island Intermediate and Middle Schools welcomed two principals, a Director and an Associate Director to school, as each institution opened its doors to smiling students this week commencing the 2010/2011 Academic School Year. The Island News wanted to introduce the community to these outstanding new leaders by presenting a short biography of each. Welcome Mrs. Marvell Ulmer, Dr. Eileen Williams, Mr. Jim Crawford and Mr. Martin Wright to the Beaufort County School District.

Principal of Lady’s Island Elementary School: Marvelle Ulmer

Marvelle Lawton Ulmer was born and raised in Beaufort County. She is married to George Ulmer. They have three children, Caitlin, Corbitt, and Caleb. Mrs.Ulmer graduated from Winthrop University with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. After graduation, she began working as an educator in Beaufort County School District. During her tenure, she has worked in many capacities. As a teacher, she taught second, third, and fifth grades. She was also a Reading Interventionist. Encouraged by co-workers, she went back to college to get a Masters Degree in Educational Administration. After graduating from the University of South Carolina, she served as the assistant principal at St. Helena Elementary. The journey of her career has been fulfilling and exciting. At each juncture, the people around Mrs. Ulmer played an important role. She is grateful for the opportunities afforded to her, as she worked with phenomenal colleagues, students, and parents. She is looking forward to a great year as principal at Lady’s Island Elementary.

Director of Riverview Charter School: Dr. Eileen Williams

Dr. Eileen Williams comes to Riverview with a wealth of experience in educational leadership.  Dr. Williams began her career as a first grade teacher and later served as an assistant principal, while working on her M.Ed in Educational Administration.  Noticing her talent, the district in which she served moved her to the position of  Pupil Personnel Director and Administrator of Special Services.   During this time Dr. Williams earned her C.A.G.S. and doctoral degree in education from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.   For the next twenty years, Dr. Williams served as Superintendent, earning the distinguished Massachusetts Superintendent of the Year Award in 2002.   Over the course of her career, Dr. Williams has actively engaged in her community by leading and serving on numerous boards and teaching graduate level courses.  As the Director of Riverview Charter School, Dr. Williams brings the leadership skills a charter school director needs.  She has the enviable ability to keep the big picture in mind, to make hard decisions, to set policy, and to manage an organization with numerous stakeholders invested in a vision.

Associate Director of Riverview Charter School: Jim Crawford

Jim Crawford has had an extensive career, bringing experience and knowledge as an instructional leader to Riverview.  He earned a BS degree in French from Mansfield University and as an NDEA Fellow in French, he had the opportunity to study in Lyons, France.  Mr. Crawford also has a MSED degree and an administrative certificate from Bucknell University.  For most of his career, over twenty-five years, Mr. Crawford served as a high school principal and chaired more than fifteen accreditation committees for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. For the Pennsylvania Department of Education, he served as a Teacher Certification College Evaluator. His most recent university teaching included a course in Designing Standards-Based Assessments.  He retired as Director of the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Intern Certification Program at Susquehanna University.  While serving as Riverview’s Associate Director, Mr. Crawford runs an efficient, well-managed building, but his greatest strength is his capacity to assist teachers by focusing on the learner and the learning.

Principal of Lady’s Island Intermediate and Middle School: Martin Wright

Mr. Martin Wright would like to introduce himself to the Lady’s Island community. He has been dedicated to the field of education for thirteen years. During this time, his experiences include teaching elementary and middle school literacy for four years, being a middle school assistant principal, an elementary school assistant principal and a K – 12 principal for the past three years. He is married to his wife, Jennifer, and they have one son, Justin who will be an eighth grader here at LIMS.

Everyone at Lady’s Island Intermediate/Middle School is eager and excited to begin what promises to be the best year ever. This year is going to be “Great” as LIMS continues to provide academic experiences for their students that are rigorous, relevant and relationship building. As the LIMS principal, it is important to Mr. Wright that everyone who steps through the doors- staff, students, and parents – are happy and excited to be there! This attitude enables the faculty and staff to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment.

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