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Mr. Benjamin Jackson, Principal

Greetings Forest Lake Family,
With pleasure, I would like to welcome you to Forest Lake Elementary, where we are Eagles SOARing to be the best! At Forest Lake, we strive to provide all of our students with a learning experience that will grow them into well-defined leaders of tomorrow. We are grateful to have such an amazing faculty and staff that is passionate about teaching and learning and an active parent community that values and supports our school's mission and vision. Together we will provide our students with the skills needed as we challenge them to SOAR to excellence!

Thank you for entrusting Forest Lake Elementary with your child's education. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Mr. Benjamin Jackson, Principal

Contact Information
Email:bejackson@richland2.org
Telephone: 803-782-0470 X 74001
FAX: 803-738-7365

Educational Background
B.S. Elementary Education, South Carolina State University
M.Ed., Divergent Learning, Columbia College
M.Ed., Elementary Administration & Supervision, Charleston Southern University


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Maranda Hayward, Assistant Principal

Greetings Forest Lake Family,
My name is Maranda Hayward and I am truly honored and delighted to be a part of such a remarkable school committed to academic excellence, building responsible citizens, and forging great relationships with parents and community members.  The elementary school years are important and critical times for students, so it is our goal as a team to provide students with an enriching school experience that promotes academic engagement and encourages students to see leadership qualities within themselves.  
Working together, I am confident that we will continue to foster a safe nurturing learning environment, where all students can learn and grow academically and socially.  We look forward to working with each of you in preparing our students to soar into an exceptional school year.


Contact Information
Email: mhayward@richland2.org
Telephone: 803-782-0407 Ext. 74002
FAX: 803-738-7365


Educational Background
B.A., Psychology, University of South Carolina
M.A.T., Special Education, University of South Carolina
M.Ed., Educational Administration, University of South Carolina


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Brandon Davis, Assistant Principal

Brandon began his education career in college, working as a substitute teacher and after school program assistant. After earning his Bachelor’s in Business Finance from Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA), he obtained his Masters in the Arts of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) from Kennesaw State University. He began his teaching career in Marietta, Georgia serving as an elementary ESOL teacher for 4 years. After moving to Columbia in 2017, Brandon was a 4th grade teacher at Lonnie B. Nelson for 2 years. He was named Teacher of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year. The last 3 years, he has been an ESOL Lead Teacher for Richland School District Two. During this time, he earned a Master’s in Education Administration from the University of South Carolina. 

Brandon is married to his wife Hayley and they have a daughter, Kinsley. He enjoys being outdoors, playing sports, and spending time with his family. He looks forward to serving the Forest Lake Elementary community. 

Contact Information
Email: bradavis@richland2.org
Telephone: 803-782-0407 Ext. 74253
FAX: 803-738-7365

 

Educational Background



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Tonya Williams, Magnet Lead

Greetings Forest Lake Family,

My name is Tonya Williams and I am delighted to be a part of the Forest Lake family. I have worked at Forest Lake for the past 7 years in both the NASA Explorer School and the Elementary Learning Collaborative. This year marks my 25th year in education. I have had the distinct privilege to work as a classroom teacher, reading interventionist, and now Magnet Lead.

 

A 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year for Forest Lake Elementary and a Richland 2 Honor Roll Teacher. I have mentored several preservice and new teachers. Additionally, I led an Innovation Team(STEMU) for Forest Lake which was instrumental in providing teachers/students innovative experiences to enhance student learning. These experiences have helped to establish an extensive collection of valuable experiences in the field of education.

Contact Information
Email: tonwilliams@richland2.org
Telephone: 803-782-0407 Ext. 74254
FAX: 803-738-7365

 

Educational Background
B.A., Sociology, University of South Carolina
M.A.T., Elementary Education, University of South Carolina
M. Ed., Administration and Supervision, Southern Wesleyan University