Dr. Joanne S. Avery began her tenure as Superintendent of Anderson School District 4 on July 1, 2015. She previously served the district as the Deputy Superintendent from 2006 until 2015.
Dr. Avery grew up in Anderson County, Tennessee, before earning her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Tennessee. In 1980, she began her career as a biology teacher before returning to earn a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology where she served as a health industry teacher/trainer, corporate fitness director, and co-owner of a health facility. For the past 28 years in public education in SC, she has served as a teacher and has held numerous administrative roles.
On the state level, she has co-chaired the SC NCTAF (National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future) Coalition, which designed and opened two schools of the future in 2009. In addition, she served as president of the Personnel Division for SCASA (SC Association of School Administrators) in 2009, and President for SCASA (SC Association for School Administrators) in 2010. In 2007 she was named Personnel Administrator of the Year by SCASA’s Personnel Division and was a finalist for the 2010 Award of Professional Excellence in Human Resources Management by the SC Chamber of Commerce and the SC Society for Human Resource Management. She is a graduate of the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership Initiative and currently, she serves as a National Healthy Schools Ambassador for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
A lifelong learner, Dr. Avery earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education Leadership from Clemson University. She and her husband live in Pendleton, SC.