Committed to Excellence
Corey Collington was born in Greenville, South Carolina. He is a graduate of Wade Hampton High School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education with a focus on English Education at University of South Carolina-Upstate. He later received his Masters of Art in School Leadership from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He is currently earning his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Clemson University where his research interests are diversity and the leadership of African American males.
As an assistant principal in Greenwood, South Carolina, he was instrumental in the implementation of AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination) at the middle school and high school level. During his tenure, he collaborated with stakeholders to provide college experiences for many first generation college students. He also made an impact by providing mentoring experiences for middle and high school students which garnered local and state recognition. As the coordinator of Greenwood Eagles Men of Success (GEMS), he was able to secure grants and financial support to provide community service, college experiences as well as field trips to a group of young high school males. Through his passion for mentoring, Mr. Collington collaborated with several districts with a need for creating mentoring programs for their schools to reach black males and improving student achievement among this subgroup. He has presented at conferences such as the South Carolina Association of School Administrators with topics that focused on building successful mentoring programs on the middle and high school level.
He has served as the Principal of Brewer Middle School in Greenwood School District 50 in South Carolina for three years. During his tenure there, he implemented Responsive Classroom which focused on engaging academics, positive community, effective management and developmental awareness. This implementation was one of the first cohorts ever placed in a middle school environment and made a significant impact with social and emotional needs of students and teachers. His vision was in creating a safe and inviting environment for all students. Following his time in Greenwood, he transitioned back to Greenville County Schools where he served as an assistant principal as well as Principal of Berea Middle School, which is one of several schools that are a part of the On Track Greenville Initiative. On Track Greenville is a community initiative to ensure that students stay on track for high school graduation. He has also focused on providing more equitable experiences for his highly diverse student population. He was part of “re-branding” the vision by focusing on “Building Relationships and Shaping Leaders.” He firmly believes that by focusing on building relationships with students, student achievement will be impacted positively. His educational philosophy is that all students should be provided with equitable and diverse experiences to ensure they are college and career ready upon graduation.
From 2014-2019, Mr. Collington served in various roles with the South Carolina Association of Middle Level Education (SC-AMLE) such as regional director and conference co-chair. In these roles, he collaborated with middle level educators across South Carolina in providing relevant and engaging strategies to reach middle level adolescents. He was instrumental in leading a state level conference and bringing in nation-wide speakers such as Principal Baruti Kafele (Principal 50), Craig Boykin, as well as Dave Burgess (Teach Like a Pirate).
Mr. Collington resides in Anderson, South Carolina with his wife Deniela, who is a high school English teacher at Westside High School and their two daughters Kerrington (12) and Kyleigh (6). In his spare time, he enjoys reading and spending time with his family.