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Dr. Marcella Shaw
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Dr. Marcella Shaw

Dr. Marcella Shaw is a native of Yemassee, SC. Marcella is the wife of Retired Chief Warrant Officer Warren Shaw and the mother of MaKayla and Madison. Marcella is the daughter of the late Sandra and Ervin Cook of Yemassee and Ben and Pearline Heyward of Hampton, SC. Marcella is a proud 1989 honor graduate of Wade Hampton High School Hampton. After high school, she attended The University of South Carolina, Columbia where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. She furthered her education at Cambridge College in Boston, Massachusetts where she received a Masters degree in Education. The Board of Trustees at South Carolina State University awarded Marcella Education Specialist and Doctoral degrees in 2001 and 2003, respectively.

Marcella is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa International Educational Sorority for women and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. Marcella is a charter and board member of the SC Chapter of IAMNOW, a nonprofit organization which serves the community and seeks to empower women. Marcella has been an educator for almost 29 years and is the proud Interim Superintendent of the Barnwell County Consolidated School District. Marcella is currently the 2023 SC State Superintendent of the Year.

Marcella firmly believes that to whom much is given, much is required. And lives by the motto, the day she ceases to serve is the day she ceases to live.

Past AASA South Carolina Superintendent of the Year Winners:

2021 South Carolina Superintendent of the Year: J.R. Green

2020 South Carolina Superintendent of the Year: Joanne Avery  

About the Award:

The Superintendent of the Year program, sponsored by First Student and AASA, pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead the nation’s public schools.

State-level winners are selected on the following criteria:

    • Leadership for Learning
    • Communication
    • Professionalism
    • Community Involvement

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