LITTLE MOUNTAIN — Susan Dawkins, Little Mountain Elementary’s new assistant principal, is no stranger to the Little Mountain area. Dawkins and her husband have lived in the Prosperity/Little Mountain area close to 30 years.
Growing up attending Saluda schools, Dawkins’ experience includes early childhood, between daycare, Grace Christian Pre-school and teaching at LME for five years.
“My education experience would be primarily teaching fourth and fifth grade and between those two grades I taught for nine years. Last year, I served at Gallman Elementary as a literacy coach, so that provided me a lot of opportunity to grow professionally and working with teachers, students and curriculum school-wide,” said Dawkins.
After taking on the role of literacy coach, Dawkins decided to jump in with both feet and take on a new role as assistant principal.
“I already had a good background and good foundation of what the school stood for, the relationships here and the community as a whole,” said Dawkins. “So far, it has been a great experience. Through my position last year, I had the opportunity work with not only teachers but administrators to see curriculum needs of a district and for a particular school, which provided me with a lot of insight as to where our students are and where we want to take them.”
Dawkins added that with her experiences finding out the needs of the students and the teachers is something she holds close to her heart.
“One thing that really attracted me to Little Mountain Elementary was the fact that they are continuing to grow with their curriculum with ‘Leader in Me’ and with their recent recognition of being Palmetto’s Finest that the state selected. I was very interested to see where we could continue with those goals and hopefully continue to push ourselves for the children of this community,” said Dawkins.
Working alongside LME Principal Kimberly Mack, Dawkins wants to continue provide a safe environment for students, along with building the learning community to provide children with the 21st century skills needed to be a productive citizen.
“One of the goals that I would like to see our school accomplish is to continue to grow with technology and to provide those tools to our students and to equip them with the skills that they are going to need as they become older,” said Dawkins. “I also want to instill in the kids that while we’re very fortunate to be part of such a growing technology age, to find beauty in books again and just some of the simple ways in which my parents and other educators of the community started our children with.”
But through her time at LME, Dawkins wants the students are parents to know that they are there for them.
“My door is always open and there are a multitude of ways in which people could reach out if they needed anything, whether it be through phone calls or notes, just any way I can provide support as a whole and let them know that I’m available,” said Dawkins.
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