Washington High welcomes new principal

Published 1:25 pm Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Beaufort County Board of Education approved the appointment of Michael Swinson as the new principal of Washington High School during its June 28 meeting.

Swinson comes to Beaufort County Schools from Ayden-Grifton High School where he has served as assistant principal since 2013. He began teaching in 2000 after leaving active duty with the United States Air Force and has taught math at various grade levels in Pitt County. In between classroom stints, Swinson served as the assistant director of the East Carolina University Center for Science, Math and Technology Education from 2005-2010.

“We are very excited to have Mr. Swinson join the Washington High School team,” said Dr. Don Phipps, superintendent of Beaufort County Schools. “His educational resume brings a great deal of experience to the assignment of principal; however, we are also fortunate to have a leader with such a strong military background. This brings leadership skills that cannot be taught in a book and I know our staff and students at Washington High School will benefit greatly.”

After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Weber State University, Swinson has completed three advanced degrees: Master of Arts in instructional technology, Master of Arts in mathematics education and Master of School Administration, in addition to an educational specialist in educational administration and supervision certification — all from East Carolina University.

Swinson is licensed in middle and high school mathematics and as an instructional technology specialist. He has N.C. Educational Leadership Certifications as a curriculum instructional specialist, as well as administration and supervision.

“I cannot begin to express my gratitude to all those who have already welcomed me into the Washington High School family,” Swinson said. “I look forward to working with the students, faculty and community of Washington High School in continuing the proud traditions and providing the best educational experience possible for all students.”