Mr. Rashad Adams, Principal
Rashad Adams will move to North Springs Elementary to become principal after serving at Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary as an assistant principal. Adams began his education career in Richland Two in 2002 at Bookman Road Elementary School. Between 2005 and 2007, he taught fourth-grade at schools in Virginia and then Maine. In 2007, he returned to Richland Two and Bookman Road Elementary where he taught fifth-grade for seven years, earned National Board Certification and was chosen the 2008–2009 Bookman Road Elementary Teacher of the Year.
Adams holds three degrees from USC: Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Master of Arts in teaching and a Master of Educational Leadership. During his time as an assistant principal at Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary, he has completed the state’s Assistant Principal Program for Leadership Excellence, is participating in the Developing Aspiring Principals Program and is a member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Dr. Benita Allene Esteen, Assistant Principal
Dr. Esteen is excited to serve as an assistant principal at North Springs Elementary School. She began her educational career as an ELA teacher and has taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade in Orleans Parish Public Schools, Rockdale County Public Schools, and Richland School District Two. Dr. Esteen has over 16 years of experience in public education and is beginning her 12th year in Richland School District Two where she has worked as a classroom teacher, assistant administrator, and an assistant principal. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Limestone College, her Master of Education in English from Troy University, her Educational Specialist Degree in Leadership from Augusta State University, and her Doctor of Education from Northcentral University. Dr. Esteen actively serves in her church and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, Palmetto Teachers Association, South Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.
Dr. Esteen is married with three sons and a lovable toy poodle. In her spare time, she loves to travel with her family, listen to audio-books, and go on long walks with her dog. She believes in being a servant leader and is committed to serving and supporting the North Springs Elementary community.
Mrs. Dawn Smith, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Smith is excited to return to North Springs as an Assistant Principal. Her career began at NSE as a substitute teacher and kindergarten teaching assistant. She then went on to teach fourth grade at Bookman Road Elementary before starting a magnet program, the Academy for Civic Engagement (ACE) at Lonnie B. Nelson where she most recently served as Lead Teacher for the past ten years. Mrs. Smith graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Education), an M.A.T. in Early Childhood, and a Masters in Educational Administration. Mrs. Smith earned National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood/Generalist and recertified in 2015. In 2005, she was named Teacher of the Year and Richland Two’s District Teacher of the Year. In 2006-2007, she was named one of the top five finalists for State Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Smith lives in Blythewood with her husband, Ken. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Ashley and Caitlin, who are products of Richland Two and graduates of Clemson University. Ashley is a pediatric nurse and Caitlin is a teacher and real estate agent. Mrs. Smith serves on the SC Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Board and is an active member in her church and the community. She loves to read, garden, swim, and spend time with family, and two dogs, Tanner and Sadie.