During its special called executive session on Thursday, July 6, the Rock Hill Schools Board of Trustees approved the hiring of two principals to fill vacancies at Independence Elementary and Rosewood Elementary schools.

kimberly odom Kimberly Odom (left) replaces Lesley King as the principal of Independence Elementary School. Odom returns to Rock Hill after 15 years in various teaching and administrative positions in the Chester County School District and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. For the past five years, she has served as principal of River Gate Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C. Prior to River Gate Elementary, Odom held assistant principal posts at Sterling Elementary School and Lake Wylie Elementary School, both in Charlotte, N.C., and Chester Middle School. Before launching her administrative career, she was a counselor at Chester Park Elementary School and a teacher at Rawlinson Road Middle School. Odom is presently completing her doctorate at the University of South Carolina. Her other studies include bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Winthrop University, a master’s degree from South Carolina, an education specialist degree from South Carolina State University and The Principal’s Center Institute from Harvard University.

deborah greenwood Deborah Greenwood (right) replaces Stephanie DiStasio as the principal of Rosewood Elementary School. Greenwood comes to Rock Hill after four years as principal of Forest Hills Global Elementary School, a Title I and International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme school in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to housing the French immersion program, Rosewood is also a Title I and International Baccalaureate school. Greenwood’s experience will help Rosewood continue to excel in both areas. Before Forest Hills, she was an elementary principal with South Redford Schools in Redford, Mich. Previously, she was an elementary principal with Holly Area Schools in Holly, Mich., Title I Coordinator with Oak Park Schools, Oak Park, Mich., Executive Director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction with Brandon Schools in Ortonville, Mich., and elementary principal with Avondale Schools, Auburn Hills, Mich. She holds degrees from Michigan State University and Eastern Michigan University.

Assistant principal vacancies remain at Independence and Rosewood. Anyone interested in applying should apply at www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/jobs.