Leadership Changes Announced for the 2021-2022 School Year

Greenwood School District 50 recently announced leadership changes at three locations for the 2021-2022 school year. 

HopkinsKristen Hopkins has been named as the new Principal at Lakeview Elementary School. Hopkins is currently completing her first year as Assistant Principal at Mays Elementary School. Prior to joining District 50 this year, Hopkins worked for eight years as a teacher, instructional coach and assistant principal in District 52.  During her 18 years in education, Hopkins has served as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, Master Teacher, and assistant principal in Greenwood County Districts 50, 51, and 52 and Darlington County Schools. Hopkins graduated from Lander University in 2003 and went on to earn a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University and an EdS from the University of South Carolina in Educational Administration. She is currently pursuing her EdD in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of South Carolina.

“I am excited about my next career opportunity in District 50,” Hopkins said. “Lakeview offers a quality educational experience for all students. I look forward to building positive relationships with our faculty, staff, and parents as we continue to provide our students with the building blocks for future success.”

Travis Blizzard has been named as the new Director of the Adult Education Center. Blizzard is currently the BlizzardPrincipal at Woodfields Elementary School, a position he has held for the last four years. During his 24 years in District 50, Blizzard has served as a principal, teacher, assistant principal, and summer school coordinator. He is a graduate of Erskine College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. He received his Masters of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Clemson University. 

“I look forward to my new role at the Adult Education Center,” Blizzard stated. “I am confident that our collective efforts as a Center will have a positive impact on the learning and lives of our students and staff.”

Janette Miller has been selected as the new Principal at Woodfields Elementary School. Miller is currently the Assistant Principal at Woodfields, a position she has held for the last four years. During her 30 years in Millerpublic education, she has served as a teacher, guidance counselor, instructional specialist, global career development facilitator, and assistant principal. Miller graduated from Lander University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling Services from Clemson University. Miller also earned her certification in Elementary Administration and Supervision from Clemson University.

“I am excited about this new career opportunity in our district,” Miller stated. “Over the last four years, I have built great relationships with the students, staff, and parents at Woodfields in my role as Assistant Principal. I look forward to continuing my work with the teachers and staff of our school as we strive to improve the overall success of all of our students.” 

Superintendent Steve Glenn is excited to have three administrators moving into new roles in the district. 

“Mrs. Hopkins, Mr. Blizzard, and Mrs. Miller will all do a tremendous job as administrators at their respective locations,” Superintendent Glenn stated. “They will have a positive impact on their faculty, staff, students and parents. These administrators have been successful in our district and I fully anticipate this to continue next school year.”