It's been estimated that over half of today's grade-school students will end up in jobs that haven't been invented yet. To prepare our kiddos for the big, changing world, they need access to the latest and great technology (GigaFi – check!), a welcoming, positive environment (NES – check!), and an innovative leader. Thankfully, Nexton Elementary finds just that in Principal Nancy Leigh. If you haven't had the chance to meet her, consider this Q&A an informal introduction to her and our community school.
Tell us a little about yourself, Principal Leigh.
This is my 23rd year in the Berkeley County School District. I have served as a teacher, Guidance Counselor, Title I Facilitator/Coach and Assistant Principal. I completed my undergraduate degree from Francis Marion University, my Master's Degree at The Citadel, and my supervision degree from Charleston Southern University. I am happily married with two daughters, and we reside in Goose Creek. I am blessed to have a supportive family that encouraged my love for learning and professional growth. One thing I am most proud of is the quality staff that was hired to carry out the Berkeley County School District vision to ensure success for all students. The Nexton teachers and staff are truly talented professionals who work hard each day to meet student needs.
We'd love to hear about some of the fun educational programs happening at Nexton Elementary.
We've previously shared that Nexton Elementary is a 1-to-1 technology school. Put simply, this means each student has access to their very own digital device. Technology is used to create personalized learning paths so that the teachers can help better tailor a student's curriculum. Can you share any updates on the 1 to 1 program?
This year, students in grades 3-5 take home their devices and utilize Google Classroom for many assignments. This allows parents to be an integral part of student learning.
Unfortunately, bullying is a problem that starts at an increasingly young age. How does Nexton Elementary combat this?
Nexton is a PBIS school (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports). We strive to recognize students for making good choices and praise appropriate behaviors. Our behavior theme is BLAST off, BLAST meaning Be safe, Lead, Achieve, Show respect, Teamwork.
What are some of the exciting things Nexton Elementary has planned for 2017?
We hope to develop our Maker Space lab to incorporate more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities into all grades and hope to add more parents and community members to our PTA and School Improvement Council.
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