R. Carl Burch, Assistant Principal


R. Carl Burch
Assistant Principal

Administrator Bio

I am a Charleston native and a product of the Charleston County School District.  I graduated from St. Andrew’s Parish High School in 1990, and matriculated to Charleston Southern University where I earned a B.S. in History Education in 1995.  Upon graduation from college, I secured a job as a history teacher at Gordon H. Garrett Academy of Technology where I served as the social studies department chair, and the 2001-2002 teacher of the year. 

During my fourteen year tenure at Garrett Academy I participated in the Emmy Award winning documentary, "Where Do We Go From Here?..The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King."   I have also served as a past member of the Boards of Directors for the Avery Institute for the Study of Afro American Life and History, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir.  In 2008, while pursuing my graduate degree, I co-authored an article entitled “Sports Metaphors as a Motivational Leadership Strategy” that was published in the Academic Leadership Journal.

I earned my Master of Education degree in School Administration in 2009 from The Citadel.  Since earning my degree, I have served as the assistant principal of Alice Biney/ Northwoods Middle School and Gordon H. Garrett Academy of Technology.  In July of 2014, I was afforded the opportunity to transfer to West Ashley High School. 

I am an active member of Morris Brown AME Church, downtown Charleston, where I sing with the Senior Choir every Sunday.  I am also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.   In my spare time I love to listen to jazz and gospel music, collect art, cook, and spend quality time with my family and close friends.  

Contact Information


(843) 573-1201 ext. 4608

Office Location: Office A401
Office Hours:

6:50 AM -3:00 PM


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