Dr. LeVan

Celestine LeVan, Ed. D

Dr. Celestine LaVan is a highly skilled educational leader with over a decade of experience in the field of education. She began her educational career as an upper elementary teacher before transitioning into the role of Instructional Coach. She spent three years as an Assistant Principal before being chosen to lead Joseph Shanklin Elementary School in 2013. She began her educational journey by attending The University of Southern Mississippi where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Education from Ashford University and her Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. Dr. LaVan completed her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.


Dr. LaVan also brings expertise from her years in the military where she served as an analyst for the United States Navy. She also has extensive training on effective leadership through programs she participated in at the SC State Department of Education: Foundations in School Leadership Program and School Leadership Executive Institute. She also had the privilege of being a part of the Leading Change Executive Institute in Raleigh NC and Closing the Achievement Gap Institute at Harvard University.


During her first tenure as Principal, she helped establish the district’s first elementary alternative education program where the program resulted in a 95% success rate among the at-risk youth it has served. Dr. LaVan implemented the 7 Habits Leadership model at Joseph Shanklin Elementary where the school earned the distinction of a Leader in Me Lighthouse School in 2018. Dr. LaVan prides herself on working in partnership with students, staff, and parents, Dr. LaVan has an extensive background working in Title 1 Schools where her goal has been developing and implementing high-quality programs.  She is considered a catalyst for progressive teaching and learning and ensuring quality instruction for all.

 Ms. Coleman

Davina Coleman
Assistant Principal, Upper Academy

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.

During her tenure in BCSD, Davina has served as Induction and ADEPT Mentor, BCSD Local MDC Trainer, trained SCTS 4.0 Evaluator, member of BMS and RSIA’s Leadership Team and Instructional Coach for RSIA. Prior to joining RSIA’s staff as an instructional coach, she proudly served as a Math Teacher at Beaufort Middle School. During her time at BMS, Davina worked 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).

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

Jeremiah Young

Jeremiah Young
Assistant Principal, Lower Academy

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.”