The Felton Laboratory Charter School Board of Directors is pleased to announce Dr. Roberta Heyward as the new director for Felton Laboratory Charter School. In 2002, Dr. Heyward began her professional career at Felton Laboratory School as a fifth grade math and science teacher for two years and second grade teacher for three years. Upon leaving Felton, she began a career as a school counselor with the Fairfield County School District for several years before moving into the position of assistant principal at Geiger Elementary School for the past seven years.
Throughout her career, she has obtained both experience and knowledge in the areas of leadership, administration, and instruction. As a result of her career experiences, she has demonstrated the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals to meet the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being. As a servant leader, Dr. Heyward has reached a point in her career where she is ready to meet the challenge of leading and navigating teachers. It is her goal to combine her range of experiences to make a positive contribution to Felton Laboratory Charter School. She is a dedicated, resourceful, and goal-driven professional educator with a solid commitment to the educational growth and development of every student and teacher.
Dr. Heyward’s philosophical perspective of the role of a principal is to provide effective leadership to facilitate and promote an educational environment conducive to the learning and development of students. The educational environment must provide differentiated instruction that provides opportunities for learning for all students regardless of their learning styles or academic development. She believes in a rigorous curriculum that meets the students where they are, in order to grow them based on their individual needs and talents. She also believes in a collaborative educational approach among administration, faculty, staff, parents, and students actively participating in the education of our students. By working together we can ensure that the students reach their full potential.
Dr. Heyward’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education; Master of Science in Counselor Education (Elementary and Secondary); Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership, as well a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from South Carolina State University.
This position at Felton Laboratory Charter School is an exciting opportunity for her to contribute to the future success of the students with a dynamic, progressive group of educators.
Felton Laboratory School, originally Felton Training School, was established in 1920 as an outgrowth of a kindergarten program, which was developed under the guidance of Miss Sara B. Henderson an instructor of Kindergarten and Primary Methods. As a part of the University’s Department of Education, this program continued to grow as courses in methods, observations, and directed teaching were added to the curriculum.
In 1924, a four room building was donated by the joint cooperation of the General Education Board and the Rosenwald Fund for teacher education purposes in connection with the universities normal courses of study.
In 1964, with the expansion of the Teacher Education program, a new building was constructed and Felton Training School was renamed Felton Laboratory School. In 1997, Felton Laboratory School updated the building by adding a state-of-the-art Music and Art room. The spacious Music room was designed to be acoustically sound and to include ample space for storage. The Science Lab was also updated at this time to include more ample storage space and work stations to enhance investigations in Science. Today, Felton Laboratory School continues to strive to provide the best quality education for students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. In September, 2014, FLS officially became Felton Laboratory Charter School.