Chapin Intermediate School principal Denise Barth has announced plans to retire at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. “This year has been one of the best in my long career in education, so it is bittersweet to announce my plans to retire at the end of the school year,” Barth said. “I celebrate the many relationships we have made, the many lives we have touched and the whole community of Chapin, which has wrapped its arms around me this school year.”Barth has been a professional educator for more than 35 years, serving as principal of Catawba Trail Elementary School from 2011-2018 and principal of North Springs Elementary School from 2002 to 2011 and as assistant principal of Blythewood Middle School from 1996-2001. She began her career in education as a teacher of gifted and talented students in Richland School District Two.

Barth was named South Carolina Elementary Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators in 2017, National Distinguished Principal by National Association of Elementary Schools Principals in 2017-2018 and Richland County Conservation Principal of the Year in 2013 and 2015. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and masters’ degree in educational administration from the University of South Carolina.“The opportunity to celebrate the unique energy and joy of preadolescence at Chapin Intermediate School this school year has been rewarding and unique,” Barth said.  “We have been able to continue the incredible academic excellence at our school, while fostering social and emotional development of our students at such a critical time in their lives.”

School District Five Chief Instructional Officer Michael Guliano said, “All year long we have been talking about the importance of impact. Her vast experience and accolades speak volumes to her work and commitment as an instructional leader and dedicated educator.  We thank her for all she has accomplished and wish her a very happy retirement.”

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