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Principal's Welcome Message

Principal's Welcome Message

Welcome to 2023-2024 at Lamar-Spaulding Elementary School. We are so excited about seeing your child soon and watching them grow academically, socially, and emotionally this school year. Parents are important to student success, so we will continue to partner with you to make sure our students excel.

My name is Kristi Austin. This year will be my 17th year as a school principal and 30th year in public school education. I have worked as a teacher, teacher specialist, assistant principal, and principal and love every position I have held because of my mission to help children grow into successful adults. I have a Bachelor’s degree from Francis Marion, two Master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina (go Gamecocks!), and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Columbia International University. As you can see, I am a lifelong learner. 

Our beloved assistant principal is Lorrayne Williams. She has worked in the Darlington County School District for 26 years. She has worked as a physical education teacher and assistant principal. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and a Master’s degree from University of Phoenix. Ms. Williams loves to work with the students and help them reach any goal they set. She is a tremendous asset to our school.

LSE has twenty-seven homeroom teachers, three exceptional education teachers, six related arts teachers, a reading interventionist, a math interventionist, a MTSS interventionist, a nurse, a school social worker, and two instructional coaches. Miss Prosser is our math/science coach and Mrs. Reynolds serves as our Literacy Coach. We have a great office staff, instructional assistants, cafeteria staff, and custodial department. A PDMH counselor works on-site at LSE, as well as a full-time SRO. Everyone works together to fulfill the mission of Lamar-Spaulding Elementary School.

This year we will continue working on building literacy, math, science, and social studies skills. We will also engage students in art, physical education, and music. Students will work on their STEM skills in the media center with our Project Lead the Way program: The Jr. Academy of Biomedical Sciences. Self-expression, coping skills, positive work habits, growth mindset, and other social-emotional skills will be taught through our school guidance program.

For more information about LSE, please click the following link: Information for Parents 23-24                              

We look forward to seeing your child soon.

If you need further assistance, please contact the school at 843-398-6370.