Back to School: Macedonia Elementary

Teresa Reid is excited to be back as principal of Macedonia Elementary School, a place she previously spent five years.

Though some things have changed in the three years since she was last there, Reid considers MES home. “Having spent five years at Macedonia, I know the children, families, community, and most of the faculty and staff. These connections and relationships will provide me with greater opportunities to immediately enhance teaching and learning,” said Reid.

Reid considers herself a stronger instructional leader from her experiences the past three years in Orangeburg County schools as a teacher and principal. “I'm ready to work with all stakeholders to promote academic success,” she said.

When asked about her goals for the school year, Reid said she is focused on promoting academic success by continuing to effectively implement The System for Teacher and Student Advancement (TAP), a four-year program in Barnwell District 19 that is funded with a $2.1 million grant.

“I will ensure that the TAP leadership team, teachers/staff, students and all other stakeholders are focused on the needs of students and Macedonia in order to enhance student achievement. We will continue to consider high quality best practices that will a positive impact on the success of all students,” she said.

Reid said she wants everyone to know that MES is a “student-centered” school. “Our desire is for our students to be prepared for success in the near and far future.”

Stakeholders, such as parents and community members, can help by keeping up with school news and how they can help. Reid said parent communications will be sent home regularly and their marquee and Facebook page will stay updated.

“We are eager to collaborate to ensure success for all of the students. All stakeholders must be accountable for their positive involvement with students, faculty and staff. Parents are encouraged to maintain two-way communication with teachers and administration,” she said.

Reid thanked everyone who donated to the United Way’s Stuff the Bus campaign because they received some of the donated school supplies. Though students are expected to have basic supplies, she said the donated supplies will be available as needed.

While there are no major changes in policies to announce, Reid said any changes will be made known to parents and students.

New teachers and staff include the following: Shandrea Dowling-Hughes, Katrina Williams and Tammy Williams as third grade teachers, Kim Stokes as a fourth grade teacher, Shermeco Johnson as the secretary/bookkeeper, and Lindsey Toomer as an administrative assistant.