A Message from Mr. Webster

  • Mr. Webster


    Welcome to the inaugural year of Drayton Mills Elementary School (DMES), a truly historic occasion in the life of our community!

    This website details the many facets of DMES. By selecting “Our Story,” for instance, you can learn about the making of this school and its unique features. “Areas of Focus” describes two approaches that characterize DMES, Project Based Learning and Responsive Classroom, and the “I am” feature allows you to select areas that may be of particular interest to you as a parent or student. As with anything related to our school, you are welcome to contact us by calling (864) 586-7979 or by emailing me at twebster@spart7.org.. We also maintain an active Facebook page and will communicate widely and regularly.

     As this is our first year, and I am new to the community, please allow me to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself. A 1990 Spartanburg High School graduate, I student taught at Jesse Boyd Elementary School and began my teaching career as a fourth-grade teacher in North Charleston. In 1999, I was hired as a fifth-grade teacher in a neighboring school district, earned my National Board certification and was selected as District Teacher of the Year. I worked as a school level science coach before becoming Director of Science Education for the district. Most recently, as principal of Jesse Bobo Elementary School, I partnered with faculty to earn the first Palmetto Gold in the school’s history and become the nation’s first LEGO Education Model School. It is my great privilege to join this community in crafting an extraordinary school for your children.

     DMES is a beautiful building, and our programs will be exceptional. Having said that, what will truly set us apart and increase the success of our children will be a vibrant school community. Educational research consistently supports the effectiveness of strong teachers, involved parents, and community partners working with one another. Together, we can magnify our individual impact and transform the lives of DMES children. In doing so, we have the real potential to make our community a better place, too.


    What an exciting opportunity for all of us! I sincerely look forward to joining you in this work.


    Thomas Webster

    Principal, Drayton Mills Elementary School