New Faces

New Faces at J-E-T Are Not New to Education
Posted on 08/28/2019
New teachers standing in front of JET Eagle mural

Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School welcomed four new faculty members who are not so new to education.

Donna Higgenbottom, a native of Johnston, is a familiar name to many former W.E. Parker students and parents. After thirty-five years with fourth and fifth grade students and a brief retirement, she has returned to the classroom to teach sixth grade language arts. She confessed that she was a little “nervous” about her first day of middle school and added, “…but it was great! I had an awesome day!”

Ruth Bledsoe, originally from Saluda and currently a resident of Johnston, is also beginning her thirty-sixth year as an educator. She has worked with Lexington School District 3, Whitten Center in Clinton, and Ninety-Six Elementary School
  in special education settings and as a fourth and fifth grade teacher. Her new role at J-E-T is teaching sixth grade math. “I loved my time in Ninety-Six,” she said, “but this feels like coming home.”

Carolyn Campbell, who grew up in Fresno, California, is a twenty-three year education veteran, who previously taught third and fourth grade science and math and middle school science classes. She has also served as a school administrator. She is now back to her first love, teaching science to seventh graders. Her excitement was apparent as she remarked, “The positive energy at J-E-T has been refreshing and motivating.”

Another new seventh grade science teacher, Chloe Phillips, agreed that “J-E-T feels like one big, happy family.” Ms. Phillips was previously employed as an adjunct professor of microbiology at South College in Atlanta and as an assistant lab director at IEH Laboratories in Gaston, South Carolina. This is her first year in the public school system.

Finally, Malcolm Smith of Johnston, who has served in Edgefield County Schools for twenty years, has returned to J-E-T after working at Strom Thurmond High School and Douglas Elementary. Mr. Smith was named last year’s Support Staff Member of the Year for Douglas.

J-E-T has certainly attracted a talented group of educators, and they are enthusiastic about their new beginnings.

New teachers standing in front of JET Eagle mural

From left to right: Donna Higgenbottom, Ruth Bledsoe, Chloe Phillips, and Carolyn Campbell (Not pictured: Malcolm Smith)

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