Charleston County School District (CCSD) is proud to announce Dr. Jennifer Baez as interim principal of Pepperhill Elementary School. Baez has served in the district since 2013, most recently as an assistant principal on special assignment in the Capital Programs Department for the last three years.
Originally from Texas, Baez was a bilingual teacher and instructional specialist in Irving Independent School District (ISD) from 2002 to 2005, while also serving as an English as a Second Language (ESOL) and Spanish lecturer at Tarrant County College. While with Irving ISD, Baez taught first, third, and fourth grade, mentored first year teachers and tutored third through fifth grade using TAKS intervention methods, completed an administrative internship managing over fifty employees and Saturday School, and wrote district curriculum for the bilingual and ESOL department.
In 2007, Baez joined Region 10 Education Service Center in Richardson, Texas as a teacher preparation and certification bilingual/ESL consultant where she coordinated teacher certification and placed teachers, provided instructional and behavioral management support, and lead multi-district collaborative recruiting for bilingual teachers.
Before moving to South Carolina, Baez served as the high school assistant principal at Newcomer Center in Arlington ISD and the assistant principal at Stongegate Elementary in Hurst Euless Bedford ISD. In these roles, she successfully reduced truancy and referrals, strengthened school to community relations, and increased awareness and understanding for students from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Upon joining CCSD in 2013, Baez served as the principal of Angel Oak Elementary for one year before serving as an associate principal at West Ashley Advanced Studies Magnet before transitioning to her current role. Baez received a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages from the University of Dallas, a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Texas Women’s University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in K-16 Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Texas.
Additionally, Baez holds Texas superintendent and principal certifications, as well as South Carolina superintendent, elementary, secondary, early childhood, and Spanish k-12 certifications. She also has successfully completed the Project Management Professional (PMP) course, the Texas Principal Excellence Program (TxPep), the South Carolina Principal Induction Program (PIP), and Coaching for Greater Effectiveness (CGE).