BOE welcomes new MCMS principal, Darrell Stephens, during June board meeting

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer

The Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) introduced the new Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) principal, Darrell Stephens at the June 9 monthly meeting. “We want to welcome Darrell Stephens to our community,” said Ralph Bennett, superintendent. According to Stephens, his goal is to “lead a team of professionals that will meet the educational needs of children and their families in a system that is responsive to the expanding opportunities for excellence found within public education.” Brian Cousins, the MCMS School Governing Council Chairman, has complete confidence in Stephens for the job. “The Morgan County Middle School Governing Council is very pleased that Dr. Bennett has selected Dr. Darryl Stephens to become the new principal of Morgan County Middle School,” said Cousins.

“The Council feels that Dr. Stephens will be a great fit at the Middle School. He comes to us as a highly respected and successful leader from Newton County.”

“We feel that his work ethic, focus on student data and his high expectations will help lead the Middle School in a positive direction and really help make a difference in our young peoples lives.” Stephens, the former assistant principal at Indian Creek Middle School in Newton County, has over 20 years experience in the education field, starting out as a mathematics teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. Darrell’s family attended the BOE and Darrell noted how his children give him added expertise in dealing with middle-schoolers.

“I get the middle school experience both at work and at home,” joked Stephens as he introduced his middle-school aged children to the BOE. Stephens earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Clemson University in 2007, his Masters Degree School Administration from the University of North Carolina in 2002, and his Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University in 2010. Stephens has a armed forces background, serving as a platoon sergeant from 1986 to 1992 in the United State Marine Corps. He served in the Reserves as a second in command platoon sergeant for a company of more than 300 soldiers. He is also a Desert Storm veteran.

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