With a successful career as a computer programmer, systems analysis and later as an information technology director, new Bamberg-Ehrhardt Middle School Principal Dr. Sandra Glover never thought she would be an educator.
Glover, a native of Athens Georgia, received her bachelor’s degree in computer science at South Carolina State University and went on to earn an educational specialist degree and master’s degree in computer information resources, MBA and doctorate degree from Cambridge College in Boston.
She said spending 17 to 18 hours a day away from her young family working as an information technology director wasn't what she wanted.
After a stent at the college level, Glover began her career in secondary education by starting the Information Technology Program at the Career Center in Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five, where she taught computer programming, systems analysis and personal computer repair for Sysco Networking Academy CCNA Certification.
Describing herself as an “over-achiever,” Glover said she ended up “loving teaching” as a result of her job at the Career Center.
Five years ago, she became assistant principal of Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School. She said she “fell in love with the community of Bamberg, the kids, school, faculty and staff and the family environment” in Bamberg.
She said early in her career, she never thought she would like working on the middle school level, remembering going through that period of time with her own children.
Students at BEMS are “absolutely wonderful,” Glover said.
“I’ve never seen a middle school with kids so wonderful, nice, cordial and well mannered,” she said. “It’s always a level of respect I give them; students know who cares about them.”
Glover refers to the faculty and staff at BEMS as “The Dream Team.”
“The staff at BEMS is phenomenal; they come to work and are on duty and on time. They go above and beyond and out of their way to assist the students," she said. "I’ve gotten wonderful support from the faculty and staff."
Glover said her goal for Bamberg-Ehrhardt Middle is for it to be recognized as a Red Ribbon School and a Palmetto National School of Excellence Award winner.
“I would love to see those things implemented here. We have everything required to be both of those."
Glover, whose doctoral dissertation was on the topic, "Exploring Perceptions of Access to Technology: An Assessment of Teaching and Learning at a Title 1 Rural High School," said she would also like to make iPods available to every student to replace textbooks.
In her 27th year as an educator, Glover noted she has a “zero tolerance” for discipline problems, noting that most discipline problems come about because students don’t understand what is happening in the classroom. “I want kids to be confident in asking questions,” she said.
Glover said she is a “big advocate” of the Dual Credit Program and the Middle College Program to help students graduate early.
“I want to make sure our kids are successful. We’re going to give them what they need to be successful and bridge the gap for high school. The important thing is getting kids to believe in themselves," she said. "We don’t want any student to feel he or she is not prepared or smart enough for college. My goal is to get them on a level when they get out of high school to have a game plan.”
Glover is married to D.L. Glover II, and they have three children.