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Dr.  Charlene  Stokes
Principal
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Principal's Message

Dr.  Charlene Stokes has been involved in education for over 25 years.  She is a product of Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 schools. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree Psychology and an Elementary Education Minor from Herbert H. Lehman College in the Bronx, New York.  She later pursued further studies by earning a Master of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the City University of New York. Dr. Stokes earned her Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina and her Doctorate Degree in Educational Administration from South Carolina State University. 

Dr. Stokes taught for 10 years and served as an assistant principal for five years before becoming a principal. During her tenure at Bethune-Bowman Elementary School, the school was awarded the Palmetto Silver Award for student achievement and the S.C. Department of Education Red Carpet Award for creating a positive school climate.  Her most recent previous position in administration was at Brookdale Elementary School where she held the position of principal for 4 years. During her tenure at Brookdale Elementary, the school earned the Palmetto Gold Award for Closing the Achievement Gap and the Palmetto Silver Award for Student Achievement. 

Dr. Stokes has been involved with several professional organizations throughout her career.  She has served on the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) Executive Board for several years, and has played a critical role in many aspects of educational professional development. 

Dr. Stokes believes that all children can learn but each learns in a different way and at different rates.  She believes that with hard work and perseverance we can touch each child in a special way.  Keeping the atmosphere positive is the key to success as well as keeping the lines of communication open among staff, students, and parents.  Dr. Stokes feels that teamwork is the ultimate way a school can be successful in reaching the goal of helping a child attain his or her full potential. 

Dr. Stokes is married and has two sons. She believes that the best parts of her job are visiting the students in all areas of the school, supporting teachers, and working with community.  She is looking forward to continuing her career at the Robert E. Howard Middle School!