By Erica Taylor for the Island Connection
The Charleston County School District has announced that Anna Mims is the new principal at Mt. Zion Elementary School. She has served as the district’s professional development coordinator for the past two years.
Mims entered the field of education in 2004 as a teacher with Teach for America at Quitman County Elementary in Lambert, Mississippi. There she led classes of first grade Title I students to two grade levels of growth and achievement across core academic subjects. She also co-led a first grade remediation program and facilitated monthly professional development for first and second grade teachers.
Mims continued serving students in Quitman as an intervention specialist with Barksdale Reading Institute for two years before returning to the classroom as a teacher with Yangon International School in 2007. In 2010, she became a principal intern at Phineas Bates Elementary in Roslindale, Massachusetts. The following year, she moved overseas, taking the role of a policy specialist for the Abu Dhabi Education Council in the United Arab Emirates. In this position, Mims oversaw policy development for 265 Abu Dhabi public schools. During her time abroad, Mims also served as a founding assistant principal and principal for Vision International School in Al Wakrah, Qatar, for three years.
Mims earned her bachelor of arts at Duke University and master of education in school leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is certified as a South Carolina elementary principal and a Massachusetts PreK-6 principal.