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Lexington One welcomes new principals

Jun 27 2018

At its June 26, 2018 Board Meeting, the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees approved the employment of Robert P. Candillo to serve as principal of New Providence Elementary School and the promotion of Kailanya S. Brailey to the position of principal at Pelion Middle School.

As Superintendent Greg Little often says, “Every school has individual needs and things unique to their building and to their community.” For that reason, the multi-tiered and complex principal interview process includes stakeholder focus groups, detailed review of résumés, telephone interviews with the first round of candidates, principal in practice exercises, in-person interviews and presentations in response to district-issued situations.

At the end of that process, district administrators believe they have taken the time to identify a principal with skills and experiences that they believe are a good fit for the school.

An experienced principal and confident leader with strong people and communication skills, Robert Candillo comes to Lexington District One from Richland County School District One, where he served as the district’s office of federal and state programs director since 2016.

In 2009, he became principal of the 5K through Grade 8 Daniel Island School in Charleston and under Candillo’s direction, Daniel Island School maintained Palmetto Gold status and excellent absolute and growth ratings.

A member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Federal Programs Administrators, South Carolina Association of School Administrators, and the South Carolina Association of Title I Administrators, he holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from the College of Charleston and a Master of Education in administration and supervision from The Citadel.

Read more about him here.

Kailanya Brailey currently serves as dean of character and academic development at Meadow Glen Middle School, a role she assumed in 2013.

A graduate of Lexington District One’s Aspiring Principals Academy, Brailey prides herself on building a successful culture that helps each student reach his or her potential.

She grew up in a community much like Pelion and began her career teaching English language arts to eighth-graders and 10th-graders at Bethune-Bowman Middle High School in Orangeburg Consolidated School District #5.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Winthrop University, a Master of Science in education with a specialization in curriculum, instruction and assessment from Walden University, and a Master of Education in educational administration from the University of South Carolina.

A National Board-certified teacher in English language arts early adolescence, Brailey is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Palmetto State Teachers Association and South Carolina Association of School Administrators.

Read more about her here.