Couch named principal at Pendleton High

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Anderson School District 4 recently named Brian Couch as the new Pendleton High School principal. The announcement followed a two-week interview process. Several parents and school supported showed up for the Citsrict 4 School Board meeting this week to voice their complaints about the appointment, saying the decision was made too quickly and other qualified persons who would have been a better fit were overlooked.

Couch has served as the director of the Freshman Academy at Palmetto High School in Williamston-based Anderson School District 1 since 2003. Before that he worked as a teacher with the Wren High School Freshman Academy and as a teacher at Starr-Iva Middle School in Anderson District 3. Couch graduated from Presbyterian College with a degree in business administration and earned a master’s degree in education and an education specialist degree from Converse College.

Couch will succeed Heather Gordon, who announced her resignation in May. Gordon resigned to take a position in the Greenville County School District focusing on curriculum and instruction.

Couch, who has consulted with several states in regard to the Freshman Academy concept, said he is ready for the leadership role.

“I believe in servant leadership,” he said. “I think it is important that as a leader I find ways to remove obstacles that inhibit mastery learning and teaching effectiveness. Every student deserves an outstanding high school experience and I am committed to seeing the realization of this vision.”