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Thielmann named a state assistant principal of year

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Thielmann named a state assistant principal of year


An assistant principal at Sangaree Intermediate School has been named the state's 2015 Elementary Level Assistant Principal of the Year.

Jennifer Thielmann, 34, was surprised during a chorus concert at the Berkeley County school on Friday by a visit from South Carolina Secretary of Education Molly Spearman and district administrators.

"I was completely and totally surprised," she said. "I just did the state (finalist) interview on Tuesday. I am humbled."

Thielmann has worked at the school, which houses students in third through fifth grades, for 11 years. She started as a teacher, then became a curriculum specialist before moving into the assistant principal role.

District officials noted Thielmann's dedication to students and commitment to the school community.

She has started several programs to encourage more parental involvement in the school.

She is the mother of daughters ages 6, 3 and 1, and is married to Nathan Thielmann. She is working on her doctoral degree.

"I would like to be principal one day, but right now, I'm just going to savor this," she said.

Thielmann will attend the South Carolina Association of School Administrators convention in Myrtle Beach this summer and serve as a 2015 board advisor.

Editor's note: Earlier versions of this story mistakenly said she was named Middle School Principal of the Year.

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