The Board of Trustees of the historic John de la Howe School has named Dr. Sharon Wall, chair of the State Board of Education, to be the Interim Superintendent.
Dr. Wall grew up in Edgefield, where she attended public schools and graduated from Strom Thurmond High School in 1970.
She pursued her undergraduate studies at Lander College and Clemson University and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Her graduate degrees are a master’s in elementary education and an Ed.D. in school administration.
Hugh Bland, chair of the Board of Trustees for the John de la Howe School, said that Dr. Wall brings a breadth of experience to her job at the school. “Dr. Wall is a recognized leader in education throughout the state of South Carolina and beyond. She is committed to the success of this institution.”
A Feasibility Study, conducted in 2017 for the S.C. General Study, addressed the future mission of the school. Its findings included a plan for de la Howe to form a School for Agriculture for day and residential students. A statewide residential program in agriculture for high school juniors and seniors would be the first of its kind in the nation.
The study reported, “With some very hard work and a commitment to unquestioned quality and excellence, this goal can be accomplished.”
Dr. Wall’s S.C. educational certifications include early childhood, elementary, middle school language arts, middle school science, middle school social studies, psychology, reading, elementary principal, elementary supervisor, secondary principal, secondary supervisor, and superintendent.
She worked her way up the ranks of education to become Superintendent of the Edgefield County School District, a post from which she retired in 2007.
Since then, Dr. Wall has been an educational consultant throughout the Palmetto State and has been Interim Superintendent for the Abbeville County School District and Greenwood County School District 52.