Dr. Vashti K. Washington is a native of Charleston, South Carolina and is a proud 1971 graduate of Charles A. Brown High School. She received her B.A. in Speech Communication from Charleston Southern University; M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from the College of Charleston, advanced studies in Educational Leadership from The Citadel and in 2004 completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Harvard University, PELP in 2006.
Dr. Washington’s service to public education began in 1978 as a volunteer reading teacher at McDougall’s Youth Correction Center in Ridgeville, SC. In addition to her work at the correctional center, she was a primary teacher in Colleton County, Dorchester District 2 and a 7th/8th grade ELA teacher in Berkeley County for a total of 14 years. Her administrative experiences began in 1994 in rural St. George County Schools where she served as an assistant principal, principal and Director of an Alternative School. She continued her career path in leadership and joined the Charleston County Public Schools in 1999 and served as assistant principal, principal, and Associate Superintendent of twenty-two elementary schools, most of which were Title-I.
Dr. Washington has received numerous awards for her work in Public Education: In 2003, she was the recipient of the South Carolina Rural Educator Award for her work in partnership with the Kiawah/Johns Island Communities. In 2004, she was recognized by the Charleston Legislative Delegation for her work with Children and Families. In 2010, a Resolution was presented by the Charleston County Council and the Honorable Teddy Pryor, Chairman. In 2012, she received the following awards: the City of Hardeeville and Mayor Bronco Bostick presented her with an award in recognition of her Commitment and Dedication to Excellence for the students and citizens of Hardeeville, the Jasper County Council and the Honorable Samuel Gregory, Chairman presented her with an award in appreciation for her support to the students of Jasper County, and the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International presented her with the Paul Harris Fellow award in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world. In January of 2013, she was the recipient of the ‘Educator of the Year’ award for the Beta Mu Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. She currently serves on the SCANA Community Advisory Board of Directors and the Jasper County United Way.
Dr. Washington has served as the Superintendent for the Jasper County School District since 2010. Her leadership has resulted in the district receiving its first Excellent Improvement Rating. She is responsible for increased professional development and numerous celebrations for her students which include: An ‘Evening of Excellence for Academics, and ‘Writing and Visual Arts’ recognition. She believes in our children and works daily to provide them with opportunities for learning.
With an extremely demanding schedule, Dr. Washington finds the time to enjoy her love of singing and currently sings with the renowned Charleston Symphony Gospel Choir. The choir sings locally and abroad. She finds great delight in music and how it connects cultures. Dr. Washington is married to Bryan L. Washington and they are the parents of three children and two grandsons, and a new granddaughter.