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Post school boss worries about effects of deployment
Samantha Ingram
Dr. Samantha Ingram - photo by Photo by Lauren Hunsberger
On Monday morning, Fort Stewart teachers and school administrators welcomed Dr. Samantha Ingram as the new superintendent for the Fort Stewart, South Carolina and Cuba school district.
“To have the opportunity to serve our military families who are protecting and defending us each and every day is really an awesome and rewarding opportunity, and I’m just really excited,” Ingram said.
Her energy and enthusiasm will be immediately put to work this fall as the system prepares for deployments, an event she said affects the students, their behavior and their achievement. She said helping the students adapt to the change will be her biggest challenge this school year.
“We have about 6,000 families that are going to be impacted and so we must make sure we have support and services available to our military families,” she said.
She maintains that the key to sustaining reliable and useful services for the students lies within the staff.
“I’m focusing on curriculum, instruction and assessments, but more importantly accountability from the superintendent’s desk all the way to the student’s desk, making sure each and every one of us will be held accountable for our actions or inactions,” she said.
Ingram will oversee the three schools on Fort Stewart (Britton, Diamond and Kessler Elementary schools), as well as the schools on Fort Jackson, the Beaufort Tri Command Communities and Guantanamo Bay Naval Station.
“Yes, I’ll be traveling to Cuba,” she said.
Ingram said with a district that is more spread out than a traditional school system and requires more travel time, she plans on dividing her time based on where the greatest need is, something she’s still analyzing.
While this is her first position as superintendent, Ingram is no stranger to education and has spent time in Germany working with a military child development center. She’s also worked as a teacher and assistant superintendent in a few other school systems in the States.
“I’m a teacher first and I love teaching. Curriculum and instructing is what my Ph.D is in.” she said.
The first day for Fort Stewart schools is tomorrow.
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