Edward E. Taylor Elementary School History
Edward E. Taylor Elementary School, formerly Roosevelt Village Elementary, was constructed in 1954. The school has had six principals during these 43 years.
The school’s physical structure has been enlarged several times. Our recent renovations included the addition of three classrooms, two kindergarten rooms, a music room, art room, multi-purpose room, computer lab, gymnasium and a science lab.
Our school consists of approximately 227 students, with grade levels ranging from child development through fifth grade. Our full-time staff consists of our principal, secretary, database specialist, ten regular homeroom teachers, three self-contained ED teachers, one resource teacher, a media specialist, curriculum resource teacher, nurse, guidance counselor, therapeutic assistant, parent educator, computer lab technician, building supervisor, cafeteria cashier and in-school suspension supervisor.
Our part-time staff consists of a school psychologist, speech therapist, Spanish teacher, three custodial workers and three cafeteria workers. We also have 9 instructional assistants in our child development, kindergarten, special education (ED Self-Contained) and computer lab classes.
Edward E. Taylor has had several students and teachers qualifying for various awards as well as participating in several events and programs. The students’ awards include: several students qualifying for the MAP Program; one student to win the district’s Lt. Governor’s Essay Contest in 2000; six students recognized for academic performance in the Duke University Talent Identification Program; one Young Writer’s Conference District Winner; five students on the Honors Festival Choir. The teachers’ accolades include: District Classified Employee of the Year, 2000; District Teacher of the Year, 2003-2004; one of the 5 finalists for State Teacher of the Year; six National Board Certified Teachers.
We have a wonderful parent educator who keeps parents involved in their children’s education. She has compiled many parent workshops that are conducted throughout the school year. “Books and Breakfast” is a workshop administered bi-weekly for parents of child development and kindergarten grade levels. A support group for grandparents was also established -“Grandparents Raising or Helping to Raise Grandchildren.”
Our children enjoy having their lunch buddies from Palmetto Health, mentors, foster grandparents and volunteers who visit them on a daily or weekly basis.
Our school partnerships include: Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Palmetto Health Alliance, Shalom Literacy Program, and Central Baptist Church. The Masonic Lodge sponsors a yearly oratorical contest while St. Mary’s Episcopal Church donates school supplies, books, clothes and toys on a regular basis throughout the school year.