Forest Lake Elementary NASA Explorer School Magnet
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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
Telephone: 803-782-0470 X 74210
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


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. 74221
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


Brandon Davis, Assistant Principal

Greetings Forest Lake Family,
My name is Brandon Davis and I am honored to be a part of the Forest Lake family. I have been in education for over 10 years and am excited to serve as one of your Assistant Principals. My prior experiences in education include being a Multilingual Learner Program (MLP) teacher, classroom teacher and MLP Lead Teacher/Richland Two's Title III Coordinator. I am excited to support the teachers, staff, and students that make Forest Lake a truly amazing place to learn. As a team, we will create a safe and rigorous learning environment that allows all students to be successful in their chosen pathway. I am looking forward to an amazing school year. 

Contact Information
Email: bradavis@richland2.org
Telephone: 803-782-0470 ext. 74253
Fax: 803-738-7365

Educational Background
B.A., Business Finance, Kennesaw State University
M.A.T., English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Kennesaw State University
M.Ed., Educational Administration, University of South Carolina

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