Thursday, August 29, 2013
Paul Knox Middle School’s new assistant principal brings more than a decade of teaching and leadership to North Augusta.
Margo Gore is originally from Boston and moved to Aiken more than 27 years ago. In addition to sending four children through the Aiken County educational system, Gore quickly settled into her life in Aiken County by teaching at Millbrook Elementary School and Kennedy Middle School for more than 16 years.
What Gore described as the “highlight” of her educational career is being named Teacher of the Year in 2007.
“Being named Teacher of the Year afforded me different opportunities that weren’t readily available to me,” Gore said. “So it was an awesome experience for me and a great honor.”
After her tenure teaching at South Aiken, Gore accepted the assistant principal position in North Augusta. However, her love for the classroom is still prevalent as she is teaching two math enrichment classes per day.
“They’ll get a little bit of everything in my class,” she said. “I have a sixth-grade class and a seventh-grade class. It’s more like a math-science integration where we look at variables in both and show the connections. We’ll be doing some technology, engineering and math, so it’s a very well rounded course.”
Gore’s new role embodies two firsts: it is her first time teaching outside of Aiken and her first time approaching education from the administrative side.
“I’ll actually get to use my administration degree,” she joked. “But I’m liking it so far. It’s different, and it’s a new community. I like the people and the kids. I love my Aiken family and made some lifelong friends in my career there. But I felt it was time for a change, so I’m enjoying my new role.”
Another one of Gore’s accomplishments is being named a lead mentor for the district by the state. Part of her mentorship involved working with new teachers, understanding their evaluation process and providing encouragement and support.
Gore plans to rely on her mentor capabilities in her new role as a liaison for the teachers and the administration.
“Being a mentor helped me make my decision to go into administration because I love working with the teachers,” she said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to help them with what they go through.”
In addition to her assistant principal role, Gore is “practicing what she preaches” by continuing her own education. With a USC Aiken elementary education degree, a masters in divergent learning from Columbia College and a second masters in administration from USC Columbia under her belt, Gore is now pursuing her doctorate in leadership from USC Columbia.
“Education is such an important part of my life and I try to instill that to all of my students,” Gore said. “I’ve enjoyed all of my educational opportunities so far and am truly excited about what lies ahead.”
Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard news team and joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a journalism degree in May 2012.