Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! I am honored and excited to serve as Superintendent of Sumter School District, and thank you for the genuine support you have extended to me as I transition to my new role. As an educator with 26 years of experience, I have a deep commitment to continue to strengthen the educational opportunities we provide all students. I look forward to building strong relationships with our staff, students, families, and community members.
Sumter School District takes great pride in our achievements and is passionate about the opportunities provided to each and every student. Our educators help all students develop the world class skills of the Profile of the SC Graduate by equipping our students to be responsible, successful, and productive citizens in a global society. We infuse 21st century teaching by emphasizing science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM), the utilization of digital libraries, and the ever-increasing implementation of cutting edge technology. Our students are engaged in blended learning and have access to world languages, fine arts, advanced placement, college level dual enrollment, the International Baccalaureate program, AVID, Leader in Me, project-based learning with real world applications, early college initiatives, and the gifted and talented program. Through our expansive career and technology education (CATE) courses and numerous offerings at the Sumter Career and Technology Center, our students develop career-ready skills. Our students develop life and career characteristics and soft skills through career exploration including exposure to employers through career fairs, job shadowing, work cooperatives, and partnerships; events sponsored by the local chamber of commerce, economic development programs, and workforce readiness partners; and mentoring programs. Sumter School District also produces well rounded students through a vast array of athletic programs and award winning extracurricular clubs and organizations.
Sumter School District is committed to “Together Sumter: Every School, Every Student, Every Day.” We are truly fortunate to have an exceptional faculty, amazing student body, and a wonderful school community that values educational excellence. I invite our community to see firsthand the amazing transformations taking place in our schools. Together, with our community, we will continue to provide quality learning opportunities for all of our students in an environment that exemplifies joy, determination, and hope for the future.
Penelope Martin-Knox, Ed.D.