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A Message From the Principal
Please join me in welcoming Mr. Steven Sokohl as the newly appointed Principal of Blythe Academy beginning with the 2021-2022 school year! Mr. Sokohl and I will be working together throughout the remainder of this year to make this a smooth and seamless transition for our students and staff. Please read his letter of introduction below.
Dear Blythe Family:
Words cannot describe how blessed I am to join the Blythe family as its principal for the 2021-2022 school year. Blythe has a rich history of providing a rigorous education grounded in supporting the needs of all students, developing a strong immersion program, and, most importantly, recognizing that family is at the center of who we are and who we wish to become. Growing up, I was blessed to attend schools that challenged me academically, took time to know me as an individual, and prepared me for success beyond the classroom. These experiences, coupled with my passion for making a difference in the lives of future generations, are why I felt called into education from an early age. It is truly my privilege to serve as an educator and to serve the community of Blythe as its principal.
Although my profession is rooted in education, I am first a son, brother, uncle, and friend to those I hold most dear. Having grown up in Lawrenceville, Georgia (Go Dawgs!) with my younger brother Joe and both parents, Ray and Mary Ellen, my adolescent years were spent on the basketball court, baseball field, and at Turner Field cheering on the Braves! I am blessed to be an uncle to my best friends’ three-year-old twins, Logan and Lily Grace. Although we are not family by blood, there is no question that we share the same familial bond as our loved ones. When able to, I find myself getting on a plane for a new adventure to experience the beauty that our world has to offer. I am passionate about creating new experiences and am eager to immerse myself in the community of Blythe as well.
Professionally, I have challenged myself to obtain a variety of experiences across Greenville County Schools. I began my career as a 5th-grade teacher at Monarch Elementary in its inaugural year. For five years, I was able to call Monarch my second home as I developed unbreakable relationships with students, parents, and staff. To this day, I remain in touch with many of those former parents, students, and staff. Currently, as the Assistant Principal at Berea Middle, I have watched thousands of students enter our halls as sixth-graders, nervous about the change and excited for the opportunity to soar. Watching our students create their own journey through middle school and depart from us as young adults has brought to light the connectedness of my career experiences and the purpose of a global education.
As we embark on this journey together, my mission is to create relationships built on trust, honesty, and transparency with each of you. I am excited to meet all of our students, staff, and community members over the next few months so that collectively, we can build upon the already established excellence that exists at Blythe. As the transition process unfolds over the next few months, I will be at Blythe to develop and strengthen relationships with the students, staff, and community. I am grateful to Greenville County Schools and the Blythe community for entrusting me with the distinct privilege of serving as its next principal. I know that together, we are One Blythe!
100 Blythe Drive
Greenville, SC 29605
864-355-4400 (phone) 864-355-4412 (fax)