First Presbyterian Christian Academy has named Lauren Hale as new Head of School effective June 1.
Hale has spent the past seven years as an educator at Liberty County High School.
“She is extremely qualified and we are really excited about the possibilities here at the school,” FPCA Board Chairman Jerry Kicklighter said.
He said Interim Head of School Shannon Hickey submitted her resignation.
“As the school board chairman and speaking on behalf of the board, we appreciate the efforts Mrs. Hickey has given us during her 16 years here at FPCA,” Kicklighter said. “She has helped this school tremendously. We accepted her resignation as she is wanting to move in a different direction.”
Hale attended the University of South Carolina, Aiken and has completed her Georgia leadership certificate. She has her specialist in secondary education and a masters in curriculum and instruction. She is six classes away from a doctorate.
Hale said she knew she would one day move toward the administrative side of education.
“I love mapping out curriculum,” she said. “I want to take my visions and mirror them with the school’s vision and help them get to those goals.”
Kicklighter said the school just went through its AdvancED accreditation review and did exceptionally well.
“We are fully SACs accredited and we scored above the average overall,” he said.
Hale added FPCA exceeded expectations in the category of stakeholders’ involvement, something she said was great to know.
“I am excited about the community involvement,” she said. “They (stakeholders) have a say in some of the things that are done at this school. I am really excited to have that support. FPCA is considered accredited with high quality.”
Kicklighter said the school also formed a committee to recruit and retain qualified and certified math, science and English educators, specifically for the middle and high school.
Hale said they are looking to hire around six educators and have already accepted applications from certified personnel.
“We’ve got some people that believe in our values and missions and goals for our kids,” she said.
Hale said she wants to create an almuni association.
“We have awesome alumnus that have come through our doors that are making impacts elsewhere,” she said “It is the one piece of stakeholders’ process that we are missing.”
As for running the school Hale, who attended private school during her youth in Jacksonville, Fla., said she plans to soak in as much as she can.
“Before I do anything I plan to observe and get input,” she said. “In order to have an end goal you have to know where you are starting from.”
Hale is married to Casey Hale. They have two sons, 2 and 4.
The school is planning a meet, greet and eat for Hale May 21 from 3-6 p.m. Parents are encouraged to attend. It is also open enrollment. and applications are being accepted.