Ms. Morillo
Jennifer Morillo, Principal

Dear Parents, Staff, Students, and Stakeholders,

I began my education career twenty years ago as a middle school math teacher. My leadership experiences have included serving as a middle school assistant principal, an elementary school principal, and most recently as district director of teaching and learning. I believe all students can learn, given a positive, safe and orderly learning environment that is committed to meeting students’ needs.  I believe a school’s core instructional mission is not simply to ensure that students are taught but to ensure that they learn.

Given the enormity of our charge as educators, I value the importance of collective effort.  I am energized by the many challenges and opportunities we have before us at Robert Smalls International Academy.  Together we will set a new course focused on student learning, a commitment to high expectation, and strong community. It is my intention to work together to ensure a high quality educational experience is provided to all of our students. 

After spending nearly a decade in Beaufort County School District, Davina knows transformational leadership and the commitment it takes for RSIA to be an award winning school, where all students achieve, and others want to emulate. Davina holds an expectation of success for every student that enters RSIA. It is her belief that students should be given the opportunity to develop their genius through a balanced education that addresses the needs of the individual, as well as the group, across leadership, culture, and academics.

Davina has spent the last two years as RSIA’s PK-8 Instructional Coach. During her tenure, Davina has served as Induction and ADEPT Mentor, BCSD Local MDC Trainer, trained SCTS 4.0 Evaluator, and member of RSIA’s Leadership Team. She previously served as a Math Teacher at Beaufort Middle School under the leadership of Carole Ingram. During her time at BMS, Davina served in multiple capacities to include Department and Grade Level Chair, TAP Mentor Teacher, Induction and ADEPT Mentor, ADEPT Evaluator, teacher leader on BMS’s Leadership Team and Strategic Planning Committee, advising member of National Honor Society, and much more during her tenure. She is an avid conference presenter. Presenting at local, state, regional, and national conferences to include NCTM, SREB, SCCTM, SCAMLE, BCSD Summer Institute and Best Practices Day.

Davina holds a B.A. in Business Management (Mercer University), M.A.T. in Middle Level Mathematics (Western Governor’s University), M.Ed. in Education Administration (University of South Carolina), and a Gifted and Talented Endorsement (Converse College).

Davina invites you to come join RSIA as we start the 2018-2019 academic school year trailblazing a new path!

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”
                                                                                                                                                            ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

#ItsANewDayAtRSIA #WelcomeAboardTheLeaderSHIP #SheIsATrailblazer

Jeremiah Young is a native to South Carolina, living 14 years of his life in Clinton, SC before moving to the Lowcountry with his family. He is a 1996 Graduate of Beaufort High School where he was a Varsity Letterman in Baseball, Football, and Track. He also served as a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and The Eagle Express school newspaper. His senior year he was the recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award given to the athlete with the highest GPA. After graduation, he attended USC Beaufort on a scholarship awarded from the Beaufort Rotary Club before transferring to the University of South Carolina Aiken to complete his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. While at the University of South Carolina Aiken, Mr. Young served as a member of the Student Government Association, Chancellor's Selection Committee, was a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Program, and worked as an Intramural Supervisor and a staff member of the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center. While serving as a staff member at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, he began to fall in love with the teaching profession. Upon graduating college, he served as a Biological Technician for the U.S. Forestry Service. After moving back to Beaufort, Mr. Young worked several jobs before taking his first teaching position at Beaufort High School as a Chemistry and Physical Science Teacher. Mr. Young would serve 13 years as Science Teacher at Beaufort High, as well as sponsor for the Pep Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In 2010, he was recognized as the South Carolina Teacher of Year and National Teacher of the Year by the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence. In 2015, Mr. Young was afforded the opportunity to serve as Assistant Principal of Robert Smalls International Academy where he currently serves and lives by his life mission, “to make a positive difference in the lives of our youth.”