Dr. Gerard Spencer Edwards’ first teaching position was at FairforestMiddle School, in Spartanburg School District Six, where he taught seventh grade mathematics.  In addition, Dr. Edwards was a member of the Dorman High School Football coaching staff.  His next position was at DarlingtonHigh School, where he taught mathematics.  While at DarlingtonHigh School, Dr. Edwards coached football at DarlingtonJunior High School and DarlingtonHigh School and coached track and field.  In 1999, Dr. Edwards became assistant principal at DarlingtonHigh School.  For two years, he was responsible for eleventh grade discipline, student attendance at DarlingtonHigh School, textbook ordering and collection, and student lockers.  In addition, he monitored instruction in the mathematics and electives departments, supervised homebound instruction and custodians, and served as the administrative contact for buses.

In 2001, he was named principal at JohnsonMiddle School, in Florence County School District Four.  Under his leadership, JohnsonMiddle School was awarded the 2004 Palmetto Silver Award for outstanding improvement on the PACT, three SC Middle School Association mini-grants in 2002 and 2003, and recognized by the SC Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association for Distinguished Communications.

In 2004, Dr. Edwards was awarded the prestigious Inez M. Tenenbaum Award for his outstanding contributions to the professional learning community.  Each class selected a graduating participant who provided outstanding leadership to his/her peers, and these persons will each receive the Tenenbaum Award – so named for the State Superintendent for her foresight in creating the leadership program.

In 2004, Dr. Edwards was named principal of JohnakinMiddle School in Marion School District One.  Under the leadership of Dr. Edwards, JohnakinMiddle School implemented a school-wide discipline model which reduced student discipline referrals by 30% and created the Johnakin Middle School Hall of Fame, in order to recognize alumni and other individuals who have made significant contributions to the Johnakin, to their communities and to society as a whole.

Dr. Edwards became principal of WilsonHigh School in the summer of 2005. During his seven year tenure at Wilson High School, Dr. Edwards implemented several successful initiatives which led to increase student achievement and school success.  He developed the WHS Distinguished Graduate Award, in order to recognize alumni members who have made significant contributions to Wilson, to their communities and to society as a whole. Also, he created Saturday School. The Wilson High School Saturday School is a program which gave selected at-risk Wilson High School students in 9th – 12th grade increased academic support. In addition, Dr. Edwards created College Summit classes.  College Summit provided WHS with a strategy and tools to transform college enrollment throughout the entire school. College Summit built the capacity to send more students to post-secondary education. During his tenure, Wilson High School was recognized as 2010 and 2008 with Palmetto Gold Award, 2010 for Closing the Achievement Gap, and “Rapid Improvement – Magna Cum Laude” on SAT performance by the State Department of Education.

 

Currently, Dr. Edwards is the principal at the Alfred Rush Academy, alternative school for Florence School District One. He has been instrumental in revising the school mission, vision, and improvement plan. Dr. Edwards has orchestrated the revamping of the student dress code policy and student expectations for enrollment and exit process. His efforts have reduced the recidivism that plagued assigned to FSD1 alternative schools. The recidivism rate reduced from 40% to 4%.

 

Educational Background

 

Ed.D., Educational Leadership

Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida         Spring 2005

M.Ed., Educational Administration and Supervision

WinthropUniversity, Rock Hill, South Carolina           Summer 1999

B.A., Mathematics & Teacher Certification Program

WoffordCollege, Spartanburg, South Carolina            Fall 1994

 

Highlights of Continuing Professional Education:

Contributing Author for Whitewater Leadership: A Handbook for Educational Leaders and Policymakers, 2002

 

Certification:

Certified Secondary School Principal, 1999

Certified Secondary School Supervisor, 1999

Certified Secondary School Teacher, Mathematics, 1997

Certified Grants Specialist, Research Associates, 2004

 

Family

Dr. Edwards is married.  They have one son.

Hobbies

Dr. Edwards enjoys working on his computer at home or in the office.  He enjoys learning about computer and internet technology.  He also loves athletics.  He enjoys such sports as football, basketball, baseball, and soccer.

Dr. Edwards genuinely loves teenagers and teachers.  His loyalty to students guides every decision that he makes as an administrator.