Lexington County School District Three is thrilled to announce 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.