"GP2W" stands for Great Place To Work. The four characters serve as a reminder in communication among our staff of the culture of our district. Each week through the school, our website will feature an article on one of our schools or departments explaining why their site is a Great Place To Work!
by Lowell Haynes, principal
Every organization has its own unique culture which is the life force of the organization. Culture is defined as the guiding beliefs, assumptions, and expectations that affect the way an organization operates and is made up of values, beliefs, and goals. It is obvious when you walk through the doors of Liberty Elementary School (LES) there is a healthy culture that promotes student achievement and makes it a great place to work.
At LES we value education and believe it is a life-long process. Our vision is to be a school that is constantly "Learning and Growing Together". Our faculty and staff embrace professional development and are always on the cutting edge of best practices in the classroom. This desire to learn not only helps the faculty evolve and become better teachers, it also models to our students the importance of education and life-long learning. At LES, learning has no end, it is a continuing process.
You don't have to be at Liberty Elementary long to notice the positive morale of the faculty. Everyone seems to truly enjoy coming to work. Our faculty members are more than just co-workers, they are friends. They laugh together, play together, cry together, pray together, and invest in each other's lives. Research shows there is a link between student achievement and the relationships among adults in a school. When the adults are happy and interact well, student achievement increases. This is obviously occurring at LES. In 2014 LES was recognized as a Title I Rewards School for being in the top ten percent of Title I schools in the state of South Carolina for our student achievement.
Liberty Elementary is a special place with special people. Jessica Satterfield is our current Teacher of the Year. Jessica is a dedicated 4th grade teacher whose hard work and wonderful disposition earns the respect of her peers and her students. She currently serves on our School Improvement Council and is always willing to do whatever she can to help at LES. Mrs. Satterfield is a challenging teacher that drives each student to reach their full potential. We are lucky to have her as a part of the LES family. Helen Purry is our current Support Employee of the Year. Mrs. Purry is a devoted head custodian who takes pride in making sure our facilities are clean and safe. She goes above and beyond to make sure things are done right even if it means coming back after hours to check on something or to clean when no one is in the building. It is a blessing to have someone as invested in the success of LES as Mrs. Purry. Mrs. Satterfield and Mrs. Purry have different roles at LES; however, both of them are fully committed to performing their roles to the best of their ability. This dedication is characterized by a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King once stated, "If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well." Thank you Mrs. Satterfield and Mrs. Purry for a job well done!
Though the accolades and awards won over the years are nice, it will always be the people who make Liberty Elementary School special. Whether it is the dedicated faculty who are committed to learning, the faithful support staff who give their best each day, the supportive parents who take an active role in their child's education, or the hardworking students who are invested in their own growth and development, each perform an important role in making Liberty Elementary a great place to work!