Katie Taie, Principal
Hello, my name is Katie Taie and I am excited for my first year as principal at Whitesville Elementary School. I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree from Limestone College with Specialization in Creative Arts and Learning from Lesley University. Then I received a Masters of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from The Citadel. I have been working in Berkeley County School District for a total of 23 years. I spent 18 years as an art teacher, 1 year as BCSD Visual Arts Coordinator, and 4 years as an assistant principal. I have a variety of experiences including levels ranging from district, elementary, and middle and five different schools.
My husband, Parker, and I share a passion for education. He teaches Social Studies at Goose Creek High School. Together we have a daughter, Sydney, and are proud to say that she is a product of Berkeley County School District. She is currently a thriving sophomore at Winthrop University.
What a blessing it is for me to love my work, I’m not perfect but I do work hard to provide an environment where every child feels worthy of respect. Children are more apt to take risks at learning when they feel confident that they will be treated with dignity. I believe the main aspects of my role are to provide a safe environment for students to learn and for people to work, to provide instructional leadership that sets high expectations for teaching and learning and to maintain open communication with students, parents and teachers.
Parents, you can count on me to listen to your concerns. I believe that the student should always win in our conversations, actions and plans. We will work together to help them through their childhood stages so that they develop a strong academic foundation, a sense of right and wrong and effective work habits for success. The BCSD mission is to challenge and empower ours students to be successful in a highly competitive world; we take pride in working toward this goal for all of our students.
I am excited about being a part of the Whitesville family and look forward to a wonderful 2015-2016 school year. Please feel free to contact me any time by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 843-899-8880.
Rusty Boston, Assistant Principal
My name is Rusty Boston and I am starting my fourth year as assistant principal at Whitesville Elementary. I have been with Berkeley County School District for 17 years. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston. I spent 13 years working in manufacturing with Milliken and also in food service with Aramark. Deciding on a career change, I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching followed by a Certification in Administration all from the College of Charleston and The Citadel. I spent six years teaching 5th grade at Hanahan Elementary prior to administration. It was thrilling to have found my place in education where I get to work with children every day and be a part of their ever growing experiences and challenges. I truly love my work.
I have spent my entire life growing up in the Lowcountry. My wife, Jackie has spent 28 years teaching at Hanahan Elementary. We have three children. Bradley is married now and has a new baby boy named Sullivan, who is the center of everyone’s life at the moment. Emily will begin her sophomore year at Hanahan High School and Katherine will be attending 8th grade at Hanahan Middle School. Outside of school, you will find me spending time with my two daughters, playing tennis or fly fishing on a secluded mountain stream.
I will always lead students towards a successful path in life; guiding, supporting and nurturing them along the way. I try to develop a rapport with all students and parents so they feel comfortable coming to talk with me about any issues whether about celebrations or concerns. I will work hard to create a culture where students look forward to coming to Whitesville Elementary every day.
I look forward to a great year. Please let me know what I can do for you. Don’t hesitate to contact me at any time by emailing me at email@example.com or by phone at 843-899-8880.
Jonathan Rose, Assistant Principal
Jonathan Rose returns to Berkeley County School District after leaving Timberland High in 2005 for opportunities in Charleston County and later McCormick County.
His 20-year career in education began at College Park Middle. His resume boasts experience teaching on nearly every grade level. He's also been a coach of several sports.
“This rich background will assist him in making connections with our students, parents, teachers, and community,” Whitesville Elementary Principal Katie Taie said. “His student-centered approach to decision-making will be valued as a leader.”
Mr. Rose said he is truly thankful for the opportunity to once again work in a BCSD school.
“Words cannot describe my excitement,” he said. “I get to help Principal Taie make a positive impact in our community. I will do my best to serve the students, parents, and teachers at Whitesville Elementary. I am proud to say you cannot say ‘aWESome’ without WES.”