Positions filled at West Florence High
The Florence One Board of Trustees approved the hiring of an administrator and two staff members at West Florence High School, including Matthew Dowdell, principal; Greg Johnson, athletic director; and Jody Jenerette, head football coach, at its April 12 meeting.
According to his resumé Matthew Dowdell’s goal has been to become a principal for a progressive school district where emphasis is placed on student success and faculty support through strong communication, critical thinking, and creative problem solving skills.
Since July of 2017 Dowdell has served as an assistant principal at West Florence where he created the master schedule for the students, enrolled new and withdrew transferring students; worked with the SC Department of Education on the accreditation of West Florence; assisted in developing a safety plan to implement the use of metal detectors at the school; and created professional learning communities for staff development.
Prior to his service at West Florence, Dowdell was an assistant principal at Sumter High School (June 2016-17). From 2012-16 he was a resource teacher at Dreher High School in Columbia. He also taught a stint abroad in Chile, South America.
Dowdell holds a bachelor of arts in psychology degree from Seton Hill University, Greenburg, PA, and master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of South Carolina.
Greg Johnson has been named Athletic Director at West Florence. He began his career as a substitute teacher and coach (assistant football, basketball) in Horry County School District. From 2009-11 he was a teacher/ coach (assistant football, head track and field) at West Florence High. He later served as teacher/ coach (assistant football, baseball) at Sumter High where he also taught health and physical education. Since June of 2016, he has been an assistant principal at Darlington High School.
Johnson holds a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Coastal Carolina University and a master of education in secondary educational leadership from the University of South Carolina.
Jody Jenerette has been named the Head Football Coach at West Florence. He most recently served as head varsity football coach at Aynor High School where 13 of the players he coached placed to play college football and one player made it to the National Football League. Prior to that, Jenerette was a physical education teacher and assistant coach at Conway High (varsity football offensive line 1999-2005). Conway won upper and lower state championships during three of those years.
Jenerette also served as an assistant varsity football coach and PE teacher at Manning High School (1997-99). While attending Coastal Carolina, he worked as an assistant coach at Aynor High (1994-96).
Jenerette received certification in K-12 physical education from Coastal Carolina University in Conway and a master’s degree in sports administration from the U.S. Sports Academy.
He served as an assistant coach of the Shrine Bowl in 2013 and 2011; was named South Carolina Fellowship of Christian Athletes 2A Coach of the Year and Region 7-AA Coach of the Year in 2012.