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Swain to remove "acting" from title at Maxwell Elementary

When the principal's job at Maxwell Elementary came open earlier this month, those searching for the right person felt they had to look no further than the one that had already filled that spot for the remainder of the year.


Interim Maxwell Elementary Principal Mychele Swain ushers students onto their buses Friday afternoon.

Mychele Swain was approved to become the new principal at Maxwell Elementary during the March 11 board of education meeting. Mrs. Swain, who started the year as assistant principal, currently serves as interim principal, after Dr. Hannah Fowler took a job with the state department of education.

"Being a teacher in the building and then an administrator, and now to be principal of the school certainly is a wonderful feeling," Mrs. Swain said.

Mrs. Swain taught at Maxwell before becoming an administrator, and according to McDuffie County Superintendent of Schools Ed Grisham she was the right fit for the school.

"She did an outstanding job as a teacher. She was the first teacher to achieve national board certification in our school system. She has had experience as an assistant one year over in Wilkes County," Dr Grisham said.

"She's doing a real good job filling in on an interim basis for the rest of this year, and it was kind of a no-brainer," he said. "I don't think they'll miss a beat over there."

During a surprise celebration that the faculty and staff of Maxwell planned for Mrs. Swain the day after the board approved her to take the job, she praised the leadership that Dr. Fowler provided. She stated that hers' were "big shoes to fill," and that she wouldn't try to fill them.


Mrs. Swain unwraps a gift from her staff - a new nametag - during Friday's after-school party.

"My goal is just to continue the excellence that Dr. Fowler has established here, to continue those programs, to nurture the relationships that have already been developed and to continue to try to work well with the community and our parents," she said.

One of Mrs. Swain's new ideas is to "polish" the existing programs such as Accelerated Math. She said she would like to see more small-group instruction during that time as well as increased parent involvement in all areas.

"I'm real fortunate that the school that I'm coming into is so well established," she said. "It's my responsibility now to be sure that we maintain the programs that we have as well as continue to advance as much as possible."


Mrs. Swain greets students as they walk to their bus Friday.

Mrs. Swain is currently working on her doctorate degree at Georgia Southern. She also has a masters' degree in early childhood education, and in educational leadership. She earned a six-year degree in educational leadership as well.

The choice of Mrs. Swain now leaves a vacancy for assistant principal at Maxwell. The announcement of that vacancy went out earlier this week, and the search process will begin soon.

Web posted on Thursday, March 18, 2004

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