Welcome to Kelly Edwards Elementary School!
It is with great excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the new Principal of Kelly Edwards Elementary School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such persevering students, an extremely dedicated staff, and a supportive school community. I feel very fortunate to be part of this school and to support the students, families, and community.
I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than nineteen years. I have worked with students ranging in age from Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade in a variety of roles. I have been a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, and Literacy Coach. Most recently, I served as the Assistant Principal of Greendale Elementary School in Aiken. I am thrilled to bring my skills as an educational leader to Kelly Edwards and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your scholar's success.
On a personal note, I am the proud mother of two teenage sons, Malachi and Isaiah Smalls. Both boys are honor students at South Aiken High School and lead very active lives. Malachi is senior and member of the South Aiken Marching Band. He is an avid musician who currently has his own band. Isaiah is a junior at South Aiken High School. He runs cross country and participates in track and field. Last year he finished number two in the region in long jump. We currently attend Cedar Creek Church in Aiken.
I view education as a life-long process and expect that I will continue to learn much about the uniqueness of Kelly Edwards this year and in the years to come. I am excited to unite my experience and my openness to grow and learn with the school, staff, scholars, families, and community. The relationship between families, the community, and the school are vital to the success of our scholars, therefore I encourage you to become involved in every way possible. I look forward to meeting you soon!
Monique J. Smalls