Dr. David McDonald Receives Dr. Randy Wall Distinguished Service Award
Dr. David McDonald, Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership/Middle Schools, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Dr. Randy Wall Distinguished Service Award. The award is presented by the South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education (SC-AMLE).
Dr. McDonald’s 20-year career has demonstrated the deepest levels of commitment to educating the adolescents in South Carolina’s middle schools. He has served as a high school social studies teacher, assistant principal, and principal prior to being named Assistant Superintendent.
In 2013, Dr. McDonald was named the South Carolina Middle Level Principal of the Year. His professional associations include serving as President of the South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education, Schools to Watch State Co-Director, and as a board member for the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. Dr. McDonald earned a Bachelor’s degree from Winthrop University, a Master’s degree from Concordia University, and Educational Specialist and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of South Carolina.
The Dr. Randy Wall Distinguished Service Award honors the work of Dr. Wall, who was passionate about middle level education, having served as a middle level teacher, administrator, and a two term president of the organization, the South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education. He was instrumental in helping South Carolina become a nationally recognized Schools to Watch state. This award in his honor recognizes significant contribution(s) of an individual, school, or organization that exhibits a considerable, long-term impact in the areas of service, leadership, and/or research.
The vision of the South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education, the leading proponent for the education of young adolescents, is to serve as an advocate for quality middle level education, to promote public awareness and create support, and to provide quality member services.