League Academy’s Mary Leslie Anderson Named SC Middle Level Principal of the Year
The South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) has named Mary Leslie Anderson the 2023 South Carolina Middle Level Principal of the Year. Mrs. Anderson is the principal at League Academy.
“The person who wins this award is an outstanding, top-of-the-line principal who is innovative and has moved their school forward. This year, that person is League Academy principal Mary Leslie Anderson,” said Beth Phibbs, SCASA Executive Director.
Students, staff and Mrs. Anderson’s family gathered for the surprise announcement, made by Ms. Phibbs. Three outstanding South Carolina principals each year -- one each at the elementary, middle, and high school level -- are selected for this honor. Mrs. Anderson was selected from an outstanding field of administrator candidates by a veteran panel of judges. The criteria used in the selection of this award are set by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
“We congratulate Mary Leslie Anderson on being named the 2023 South Carolina Middle Level Principal of the Year by SCASA,” said Dr. Burke Royster, superintendent of Greenville County Schools. “This is a tremendous honor and recognizes Mrs. Anderson’s outstanding leadership, her unwavering commitment to helping all students achieve their full potential, and her dedication to supporting League Academy’s staff so they are prepared to teach and inspire their students each day.”
Dr. David McDonald, Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership Middle Schools shares, “I am so incredibly proud of Mrs. Anderson. Her leadership has taken League Academy to new heights. The school has been able to expand its arts focus, create strong community partnerships, and create a positive learning environment for students. Mrs. Anderson is well respected by her peers and seen as an excellent thought partner whose strengths shine the brightest in the areas of collaboration, encouragement, and team building. I appreciate her dedication to our students, faculty/staff, and our community.”
SCASA, the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, has more than 4,500 members. From professional development opportunities and research to publications and legislative advocacy, SCASA’s focus is to support school leaders in providing the best possible education for South Carolina’s young people. As a state affiliate of three national associations for school leaders, SCASA also works on the national level.