Maureen Tiller recently served as Principal of Clinton High School in Laurens District #56, a position she held since 2011. Prior to that, she served in a variety of leadership roles in Laurens District #56, including the unique experience of serving as Principal at M.S. Bailey Elementary School (2002-2006) and then Bell Street Middle School (2006-2009), which afforded her the opportunity to be Principal to a group of students from 4K all the way through graduation. In both cases, she led the way to significant instructional improvements. During her 20 years in Laurens District #56, Ms. Tiller also served as Executive Director of Instruction K- 12, which reinforced her instructional knowledge and leadership experience system-wide, including career and technical education.
During her tenure at Clinton High School, Ms. Tiller led the development of learning communities within the school through project-based instruction. This process was significantly enhanced through her leadership in leveraging a grant from the Department of Labor to develop smaller learning communities in Engineering and Information Technology, redesigning a collaborative learning initiative to help build the IT workforce in the Clinton area. Mrs. Tiller also wrote grants surpassing $1 million that assisted with improving student achievement, teacher quality, and innovative technology for the schools she served.
Ms. Tiller is actively building business partnerships in the community, including with ZF Transmissions, where students have the opportunity to participate in certifications, internships and apprenticeships, which increases their marketability in the workforce immediately after high school and/or college.
Under Ms. Tiller’s leadership, Clinton High School increased graduation rates by 17 percentage points and End of Course passage rates by 20 percentage points, both in just five years. The school has been recognized by US News and World Report for student achievement and graduation rates, specifically for students outperforming achievement expectations based on poverty rates and state performance levels.
Ms. Tiller articulated a clear vision for fully developing a unique instructional program, displayed an impressive understanding of the enormity of “building” a total program from the ground up, and emphasized that community partnerships are essential in that process.
She also stressed in her responses the key importance of a broad instructional program meeting the individual needs of students through a rigorous path directly to career or to college.
FIHS is scheduled to open in the fall of 2021.