Lexington School District 3 hires new administrators

The Lexington County School District 3 Board of Trustees has hired three new administrators for the 2017-18 school year.

The Board  approved the hiring of Eric Gambrell as Assistant Principal of Batesburg-Leesville High School beginning July 1. Gambrell will assume the role of Assistant Principal upon the resignation of Ross Cary.

Gambrell currently serves as a Social Studies teacher, varsity football assistant coach, varsity football offensive coordinator, Strength and Conditioning coach and varsity boys and girls assistant track coach for B-L High. He joined the faculty of B-L High in 2012 as a teacher and coach. Eric is a 1997 graduate of Batesburg-Leesville High, where he was a member of the 1995 State AA Football Championship team. After graduation, he attended Charleston Southern University and received a BS in Kinesiology and History. He went on to obtain a Masters in the Art of Teaching Social Studies with special interest in History and Psychology from CSU. In 2012, he earned an Education Specialist certification in School Supervision for Liberty University. From 2005-2008, Mr. Gambrell taught Social Studies at Berkeley High School. In 2009 until 2012, he was the director of Star Academy at Berkeley High. Under Mr. Gambrell’s leadership, Star Academy was named as the top at-risk program for South Carolina in 2008-09. In both positions, he also served as a football and track coach.

Eric and his wife Paula, have three children, Eric, Blakely and Teagan.

Mackenzie Taylor to assume duties of Director of Public Information and Community Relations for Lexington 3

Mackenzie Taylor will assume the duties of Director of Public Information and Community Relations for Lexington 3 on July 1. Taylor was approved by the Board of Trustees during their regular April meeting. Current Director of Public Information, Judy Turner Fox will retire from Lexington 3 after 32 years of service on June 30.

Taylor earned a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications and a Minor in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina in 2005 and graduated Magna Cum Laude and at the top of her broadcast journalism class. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Currently, Taylor serves as Public Relations & Social Media Specialist for Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology and oversees the public relations and marketing campaigns for the eight cosmetology schools. She oversees production of all internal and external marketing materials and fosters and maintains relationships with local news media. From 2006-2008, Mackenzie worked as a reporter/anchor for TWTX-TV in Myrtle Beach, where she wrote and recorded stories for the station. She also published newspapers articles for local media outlets and served as extended fill-in anchor for News13 This Morning.

Mackenzie and her husband Blair, are the proud parents of Yates and “new addition” Reeves will be born in mid-May.

Era Roberts named as BLHS Assistant Principal of Instruction

Era Roberts will join the Batesburg-Leesville High School administrative team as Assistant Principal of Instruction on July 1. Mrs. Roberts was recommended by the district’s administration and approved by the Board of Trustees during the April 18th meeting. Mrs. Roberts will assume the role of AP of Instruction after current Instructional Coordinator, Dr. Lisa Allison moves to the B-L high School counseling office in July.

Roberts earned a BS in Broadcast Journalism and a M.A.T. in Middle Grades Education: Science and Social Studies from Georgia Southern University. She also received a M.Ed., Education Administration-Secondary degree in 2015 and will complete an Ed.D. Educational Technology-Leadership degree in 2019 from the University of South Carolina.

After beginning her career in education in Beaufort County Schools as a sixth grade Science and Social Studies teacher in 2011, she then moved to Lexington School District Two, where she taught seventh grade Science, and served as a secondary administration intern and technology integration specialist until 2016. During her years in Lexington 2, she implemented a 1:1 technology planning committee and led the development of school-based 1:1 technology plan. She also facilitated school-wide use of instructional technology and roll-out: teacher, student and school-level development of instructional and assessment technologies, support facilities and technical troubleshooting. Mrs. Roberts current serves as a Graduate Assistant at the University of South Carolina-Educational Technology Department.

Era and her husband Aaron have twin daughters, Margaret and Claire.