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Committed to Excellence

Edward is the Executive Director of On Track Greenville at the United Way of Greenville County; and former principal of Tanglewood Middle School.  OnTrack Greenville is a community initiative grounded in collective impact that is designed to keep students on track to high school graduation and post-secondary school success. 

 

Edward attended the University of South Carolina where he finished with a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Level Education - minoring in English and social studies.  After completing four years in Columbia, he decided to go back to his home community and give back to the students that reminded him so much of his own life.  During his tenure as an English teacher at Lakeview Middle School, he actively participated in organizations such as Save Our Sons, aimed at mentoring young men.  He later became a district level instructional coach for middle school English teachers; improving state test scores for all ELA teachers coached during the 2012-13 school year.  After two years in that position, he longed to be back in schools and around students, landing him at Tanglewood Middle School as an assistant principal for curriculum and instruction and 6th grade administrator.  As an assistant principal at Tanglewood, Edward became a mentor for the Goodwill GoodGuides program, and secured partnerships with Clemson’s 4H program, Just Say Something, the Urban League of Greenville, and more local organizations.  As principal of Tanglewood for three years, he helped to redefine and rebrand the image of Tanglewood with the tagline: It Takes a Village… leading the school to achieve its first ‘average’ report card rating for two consecutive years. 

 

Over the course of the past few years, Dr. Anderson has worked closely with the Prisma’s Bradshaw Institute, USC Upstate, and other Greenville County organizations to become trained on the art of mindfulness in schools, alternative discipline, and the compassionate schools model. He has worked alongside the United Way of Greenville’s campaign to shed light on poverty in Greenville; the work that needs to be done; and the current efforts of local partnerships aimed at helping all of Greenville succeed.  He is on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Trust of South Carolina, aimed at preventing child abuse, neglect, and injury; a member of African-American Leadership Greenville, and the Young Philanthropists of Greenville.  

 

Dr. Anderson currently holds an elementary and secondary endorsement in principalship, a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership and Technology.  He is kept grounded by his wife, Cassie, who is a special education teacher; and his two sons, Ellison, 6, and Micah, 2.