Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Shawn Czerkis
Shawn Czerkis was transferred to serve as an assistant principal at Grier Middle School in January of 2023. As of the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, Mr. Czerkis began his third year as an assistant principal, his tenth year as an employee of Gaston County Schools, and his twelfth year as an educator.
Mr. Czerkis was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education with teaching endorsements in social studies and language arts for grades 6-12. In 2019, he earned his Master's Degree in K-12 School Administration from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC.
Mr. Czerkis's goal is to motivate students to be lifelong learners and for them to be ready for the next level of their education. All this while ensuring that all students reach their highest potential and grow into model citizens. Additionally, it is his goal to foster and facilitate the healthy social and emotional development of each child. In his free time, Mr. Czerkis enjoys playing sports, running, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Mr. Czerkis's History in Gaston County Schools
- Bessemer City Middle School (2013-2017): Language Arts & Social Studies Teacher, Athletic Director, Coach (Softball, Baseball, Boys' Soccer), Mentor for Beginning Teachers, Nominee for Beginning Teacher of the Year 2015/16.
- William C. Friday Middle School (2017-2020): Language Arts & Social Studies Teacher, Softball Coach, Mentor for Beginning Teachers
- Pleasant Ridge Elementary School (2020-2023): Assistant Principal
- Grier Middle School (2023-Present): Assistant Principal