Masters of Education – The Citadel Today Thu, 10 Jun 2021 19:52:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Masters of Education – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 Charleston County School District appoints new Academic Magnet principal Mon, 14 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000 Jacob Perlmutter, the new principal for Academic Magnet, earned a Master's of Education degree through The Citadel Graduate College in 2009.]]>

Note: Jacob Perlmutter, photo above, earned a Master’s of Education degree from The Citadel in 2009. The college recently asked him to reflect on the value of education from The Citadel Graduate College.

In my studies in the graduate program at The Citadel’s Zucker Family School of Education, I learned about school law, educational policy and project management, but I was really learning about character, about conviction and about integrity. The school has a reputation for leadership but for me, those late night classes in Capers Hall were all about service…about finding a way to make a meaningful contribution to the world.

Jacob Perlmutter, The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2009

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Libby Stanford

Academic Magnet High School will be under the leadership of Jacob Perlmutter, starting July 1. 

The Charleston County School District announced Perlmutter as the new principal on June 3. Perlmutter is taking over the position from Catherine Spencer, who is leaving the school to open an international school in Cairo, Egypt. 

Perlmutter is no stranger to the district or Academic Magnet. He graduated from the high school in 1995 before going on to study at the College of Charleston, Fordham University and The Citadel. 

Most recently, he worked as the principal of Jerry Zucker Middle School in North Charleston, a position he has held since 2011.

In Perlmutter’s time as principal, the school was awarded four consecutive National Showcase School Awards from Capturing Kids Hearts, a program that helps schools improve social and emotional learning and culture. 

The middle school was recognized for having outstanding focus on social-emotional well-being, relationship-driven campus culture and student connectedness, according to a news release.  

The principal also teaches as an adjunct professor in the school of education, health and human performance at the College of Charleston. 

Before returning to Charleston to teach, Perlmutter taught at Harry S. Truman High School in New York City. In all, he has taught students from sixth grade to graduate school, according to the news release. 

Perlmutter will be entering Academic Magnet after the school experienced four years of success under Spencer’s leadership. In 2020 and 2021, the school placed second in the U.S. World News and Report’s ranking of high schools across the nation. In 2019, it placed first. 

In 2021, the school produced 16 of the district’s 21 National Merit Scholars, who competed against students across the country to receive college scholarships. One of those scholars, Lily Lassiter, was also awarded the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholarship.

Lassiter was one of 14 students from the school to be a semifinalist for the scholarship program, which is only awarded to one male and one female student in each state. She is also the second student from the school to receive the distinction in the past four years.

In the news release, Joseph Williams, the district’s associate superintendent of secondary learning, said the district chose Perlmutter because of his experience as a former student of the school and as “his natural ability to build community.”

Three finalists for superintendent of Berkeley County School District include two Citadel graduates Wed, 19 May 2021 21:16:30 +0000 The Zucker Family School of Education and Berkeley County School District have a longstanding relationship, which is set to enter a new era.]]>

Photo: (left to right) Glenda Gibson Levine, Ed.D., ’21; Anthony Dixon, Ed.D.; and Deon Jackson, ’99, ‘ 05, ’13.

Update: Deon Jackson has been selected as the new superintendent of Berkeley County School District.

Even before the three finalists for superintendent were named, there was a longstanding relationship between The Citadel’s Zucker Family School of Education and the Berkeley County School District.

Now, with two graduates from the ZFSOE in the final three for the district’s top spot, that connection is expected to enter a new era and grow even stronger.

“The Zucker Family School of Education prides itself on its history of exceptional programming but moreover, its promise of ongoing support through The Citadel for Life program,” said Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D., dean of the ZFSOE. “Glenda and Deon are exemplary examples of principled leadership in Berkeley County and we wish them the best for their superintendent candidacy.”

In addition to providing candidates for leadership, the ZFSOE plans to serve as Berkeley County’s higher education provider for three programs:

For more information on graduate cohort programs, contact Lee Westberry, Ed.D., at

As seen on WCBD – Count on 2, by Tim Renaud

The Berkeley County School District’s Board of Trustees has named three finalists in their search for a new superintendent.

It comes after Dr. Eddie Ingram announced his plans to retire as superintendent back in January.

The board of trustees voted on the three finalists during a special meeting last month – their decision comes after a thorough review of all applicants, and interviews with semi-finalist applicants.

“The Board of Trustees was very pleased with the caliber of all of the finalists,” said Dave Barrow, BCSD Board Chair. “We look forward to the next phase in the search.”

The three finalists include Dr. Anthony S. Dixon, who has served as the Chief Administrative Officer – School Services (Secondary Schools) for the Berkeley County School District since July 1, 2020, Deon D. Jackson who currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for Pupil Services for the Berkeley County School District, and Dr. Glenda Gibson Levine who actively serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for the Berkeley County School District.

Dr. Anthony S. Dixon has served as the Chief Administrative Officer – School Services (Secondary Schools) for the Berkeley County School District since July 1, 2020. Prior to this, he served as the Executive Director of Academics and Innovation as well as principal of Sanders-Clyde and Memminger School of Global Studies. He served as principal for Philip Simmons High School, Philip Simmons Middle School and Cainhoy Elementary School. He previously served as an Assistant Principal at Daniel Island School and Boulder Bluff Elementary School and as a Special Education Teacher at St. Stephen and Memminger Elementary Schools. Dixon earned his Ed.D. and Ed.S. degrees from South Carolina State University, Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education from The University of Charleston and a B.S. from College of Charleston.

Deon D. Jackson currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for Pupil Services for the Berkeley County School District. Prior to this, he has served as the Senior Associate Superintendent of Operations and Administration, Interim Superintendent and Chief Administrative Officer in Berkeley County. He also served as a principal at Cane Bay Middle School and St. Stephen Middle School. Jackson served as a classroom teacher in Berkeley County for four years and in Lancaster County for two years. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He earned his Ed.S. and M.Ed. from The Citadel.

Dr. Glenda Gibson Levine currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for the Berkeley County School District. Prior to this, she served as the Chief Human Resource Officer and Director of Secondary Education in Berkeley County. She previously served as a principal of Hanahan High School, assistant principal of Stratford High School, a teacher evaluator, and a classroom teacher at Stratford High School and Goose Creek High School. She also served as a classroom teacher in the Williamsburg County School District. Levine is currently pursuing an Ed.S. from The Citadel. She earned an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University, an M.Ed. from Charleston Southern University, and a B.S. from Benedict Collect.

The board expects to name the superintendent by the end of May.

Pearson, Williams take new leadership roles in school district Tue, 06 Apr 2021 14:06:42 +0000 Jessica Williams earned a Master of Education in Elementary School Education degree from The Citadel Graduate College in 2002.]]>

Note: Jessica Williams (above photo courtesy of Colleton County School District) earned a Master of Education in Elementary School Education degree from The Citadel Graduate College in 2002.

As seen in Walterboro Live, by Heather Walters

The Colleton County School Board recently voted to appoint leaders at a local elementary school and in the district office. 

In its March 16th regular school board meeting, the board voted to fill two administrative positions: Jessica Williams is now the assistant superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction and Tiffany Pearson is the principal of Black Street Early Childhood Center. 

The recommendations for Williams and Pearson were presented to the board by John Tindal, the district’s interim superintendent for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Williams has more than 28 years of experience in the education field. During this time, she has worked as an elementary music teacher, served as an assistant principal and was also a principal. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Winthrop University, a Master of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision from The Citadel and she is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in educational leadership through Walden University. 

During her education career, she has received numerous awards, including being named Teacher of the Year. Williams has also been inducted into The Citadel’s Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, according to information provided by Sean Gruber, communication director for the school district. 

Pearson has worked within the Colleton County School District since 2005. During this time, she has served as a teacher, a curriculum facilitator and an assistant principal. 

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Elementary Education from the College of Charleston and a Masters of Education in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University. She has also been previously named the Colleton County School District Rookie of Teacher of the Year and Colleton County Middle School Teacher of the Year.

Zucker Family School of Education earns perfect, preliminary marks from leading accreditation agency Thu, 18 Mar 2021 10:00:00 +0000 A perfect score from the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation is not common, but that's exactly what the ZFSOE received.]]>

A perfect score from the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) is not common, according to the Dean of The Citadel’s Zucker Family School of Education (ZFSOE). But a perfect score is exactly what the ZFSOE received as its preliminary results after a multi-day reaccreditation visit.

CAEP revisits and renews accreditation every seven years – but this is the first time the ZFSOE has received a perfect score.

The accreditation process is important because it provides an assessment of the success of the ZFSOE, as it does for other higher education institutions. In fact, according to CAEP’s website, its mission is to provide quality assurance.

“Being a graduate of an accredited program that went through external peer review demonstrates that those who complete our programs have met the highest standards for professional development, said Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D., dean for the ZFSOE. “This accreditation helps get our students to the front of the line when pursuing jobs and advanced degrees — they are ready to get to work making a positive impact on K-12 learners in the community.”

Ortlieb credits the success of the accreditation visit heavily to the hard work of the faculty and staff, especially the leadership of Renee Jefferson, Ph.D., CAEP coordinator, and Fei Zhao, Ph.D., director of assessment.

Not only does a CAEP accreditation confirm the knowledge base and skillsets the graduates bring to potential employers, it also helps the ZFSOE grow and improve P-12 education in the state, a primary part of its mission.

Ortlieb says ZFSOE had a 10% increase in student enrollment during the 2020-21 academic year. He believes the team’s focus on partnerships with local school districts is behind much of the growth.

Zucker Family School of Education Dean Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D.

“Our team reaches out to urban, rural and suburban areas alike in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester and Georgetown Counties — listening to their needs and providing professional development to their teachers, counselors and administrators in the ways they want and need. We go to the school districts with an open ear and a timely response so we can capture those ideas and enact them through our programs and policies.”

One example of how the ZSFOE works to meet the needs of P-12 schools is the integration of an English as a second language (ESOL) program into the Master’s in Literacy Education degree to better prepare teachers in places like Beaufort County, which has a large ESOL population.

 “The Citadel could not be more proud of this achievement by the Zucker Family School of Education faculty and staff,” said The Citadel Provost, Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR. “Earning a perfect accreditation score is a reflection of their commitment to excellence in supporting not only our undergraduate and graduate students, but the P-12 schools across South Carolina. This is a great example of principled leadership at work.”

The preliminary results are expected to be officially ratified in October 2021.

The Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel, renamed in 2014 after a donation from the Zucker Family, has been teaching educators since the 1960s. The Master of Education is one of the college’s most popular graduate programs; it was the second most popular degree for The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2020. In addition to a variety of graduate programs, the school also offers bachelor degree programs in face-to-face, hybrid and fully online modes of education, designed for students hoping to begin their teaching careers.

Anita Zucker, CEO of InterTech Group and namesake of the Zucker Family School of Education, with The Citadel Provost Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR, for a Greater Issues Address in February 2020
A look inside the new partnership between The Citadel and Beaufort County School District Wed, 10 Feb 2021 20:47:11 +0000 For the first time, the ZFSOE is partnered with Beaufort County School District, offering teachers the opportunity become school counselors.]]>

The Zucker Family School of Education (ZFSOE) at The Citadel is making it easier for South Carolina teachers to earn their master of education degrees.

For the first time, the ZFSOE is partnered with Beaufort County School District, offering teachers and neighbors the opportunity become professional school counselors.

The partnership lets students work towards earning their Master’s of Education in Counselor Education at a lower cost and closer to where they live and work. The degree is designed for adults who want to enter the school system as guidance counselors, either on the elementary or secondary level.

Students who successfully complete the program will obtain both a graduate degree and recommendation for licensure through the state to become a professional school guidance counselor.

If you or your school district are interested in participating, or creating new partnerships in other counties, please contact Lee Westberry, Ed.D., director of program development and enhancement for the ZFSOE, at

Hear more about the program from the Dean of the ZFSOE, Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D., and educational leaders from Beaufort County, in the video below.