There's a lot of new faces around Beaufort County including a new superintendent and five new principals this school year.
At 5:30 a.m., Joseph Shanklin Elementary School's new principal was up and running.
She said she couldn't wait to see all 375 students arrive to their first day of school.
"My heart started beating really fast, I get really excited because it brings back the whole purpose of being here everyday and it's for the children and when they're not in the building, it's not the same," said Celestine LaVan, principal at Joseph Shanklin Elementary School.
This is her first day in her role as principal.
With six years of teaching experience under her belt, LaVan is making early literacy a priority.
"When students start to fall behind as late as third or fourth grade, it takes them a lot longer to catch up so we focus on making sure we intervene with students early, kindergarten, first grade, to make sure we close that gap early," said LaVan.
Dr. Jeffrey Moss celebrated a first as well it was his first day as superintendent with school in session.
"We'll work hard to continue to support what we have in place and then we'll look at some more digital technology initiatives throughout the district," Moss said.
The district is expanding its iPad initiative in 11 middle and high schools.
Battery Creek High School is also adding two courses to its aviation and aeronautics program and Beaufort Elementary is expanding its Montessori program to fourth- and fifth-graders.
But even in this high tech world, some students still delight in the simple things.
"I like school because I like to read," said first-grader Kelvin Willis.
Beaufort County's four other new principals include:
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