Batesburg-Leesville High School’s Dr. Era Roberts named SC Assistant Principal of the Year
Batesburg-Leesville, SC 11.21.2021 - Lexington County School District Three announced this week that Dr. Era Roberts, Assistant
Principal for Instruction at Batesburg-Leesville High School, has been selected as the South
Carolina Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year for the 2021-2022 school year. This
prestigious award is sponsored by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators
(SCASA) and is presented annually to three assistant principals--one at the elementary, middle
and high school level.
Dr. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Broadcast Journalism and a Master of Arts
in Teaching Degree in Middle Level Education from Georgia Southern University. She also
received a Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration in 2015 and a Doctor of
Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2020 from the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Roberts has worked in Lexington County School District Three since 2017. Under her
leadership as BLHS’s Assistant Principal for Instruction, she has grown the school’s Dual
Enrollment Program, with the number of participating students increasing from less than thirty
during the 2017-2018 school year to 130 students during the 2020-2021 school year. In
addition, she has transformed the school’s instructional methods and has successfully
implemented MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) at the high school level, with thousands
of RTI (Response to Intervention) sessions documented for struggling students.
"Dr. Roberts is the consummate instructional leader. Batesburg-Leesville High School has made
tremendous strides and shifts in the areas of growth mindset, culture and personalized learning,
and Dr. Roberts has been an integral part of this vision. Dr. Roberts chooses to lead by
example, modeling for faculty and staff the highest level of service and commitment to our
Panther students as she fulfills the district's mission of preparing students for the future now.
Without question, she is most deserving of this prestigious award," said Dr. Ashley Atkinson,
Superintendent of Lexington School District Three.
Colleagues say though that perhaps even more evident than all of Dr. Roberts’s professional
accomplishments is her devotion to students.
“I could spend hours typing accolades about how bright, driven and effective Era Roberts is as
an educator, but the key element that she does better than the vast majority of her counterparts
is her genuine love for kids. She believes there is nothing too complicated or too difficult to
accomplish if it is in the best interest of the student she is attempting to serve. She uses her
creativity and exceptional intelligence to always be solution-driven in an effort to see our
students succeed. There is no stopping her. She is a force!” said Sonya Bryant, Principal of
Batesburg-Leesville High School.
Dr. Roberts and her husband, Aaron, have twin daughters--Maggie and Claire.