About Us

Dr. Latoya Dixon and Dr. Michael Waiksnis are the Co-Principals! They have worked together in many roles in the world of education.



Dr. Latoya Dixon is a middle school co-principal and transformational leader. As a product of Rock Hill School District 3, Latoya began her career as a middle school English Language Arts teacher after graduating from Clemson University. She received National Board Certification and continued her education receiving a MEd in Educational Leadership in 2007. For five of the six and a half years Latoya was principal at Mt. Gallant Elementary, the school received several Palmetto Silver and Gold awards. Latoya is known state‐wide not only for her expertise as a leader, but also for her inspirational spirit. She is dedicated to her staff and her students. Dr. Dixon earned her Ed.S. in 2012 and PhD at the University of South Carolina in 2014. She currently serves as a middle school co-principal and transformational leader in Rowan-Salisbury Schools.


Michael Waiksnis is a middle school Co-Principal and Transformational Leader in Salisbury, N.C.  . Prior to his current position he was a middle school principal in Rock Hill, S.C., middle school assistant principal in Rock Hill, high school assistant principal in a large urban school in South Florida, high school history teacher, technology teacher and baseball coach (at the same school in South Florida). His experience in both middle and high schools, as well as working in urban, suburban and rural schools gives him a well rounded view of the challenges facing schools today.

Michael was named the Middle Level Principal of the Year in S.C. in 2014.  He has served on the numerous boards and associations including the  Executive Board of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and the South Carolina Middle School Association. He was named the 2012 SCIRA administrator of the year for his advancement of literacy in his school.

He has presented on topics such as literacy, technology and poverty at a wide variety of national, state and regional conferences. As a currently practicing principal, Michael is proud to help bring a voice to those working “on the ground level”.