District appoints three to new posts
Three new administrators have been appointed for Florence One Schools in 2020-21.
LaTonya Yates-Ford will be the new principal at Savannah Grove Elementary School. Amy Williams will be assistant principal at McLaurin Elementary and Marci Gatewood will be assistant principal at Royall Elementary.
Yates-Ford most recently served as the assistant principal of Creek Bridge STEM Academy in Marion County. She received her undergraduate degree in business administration from Francis Marion University.
Williams has been with Florence One for 25 years. She most recently served as the curriculum/technology coach at McLaurin. Williams taught in both special education and Montessori programs before moving into the coach role.
She is certified in special education, early childhood, and elementary education.
Marci Gatewood has 20 years of educational experience, most recently serving as Royall’s curriculum/technology coordinator. She has served in the classroom as both a kindergarten and first-grade teacher.
Gatewood received her bachelor of science degree in early childhood education from Francis Marion University and holds a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of South Carolina.
Michelle McBride, assistant superintendent for Pre K-6 instruction, said she was pleased to see passionate educators move into these administrative roles.
“Our district is excited to have Ms. Yates, Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Gatewood joining our team of school administrators,” McBride said. “All three of these individuals bring knowledge of education and a wealth of experience. We are looking forward to forming relationships to ensure that we continue to move students forward in our district.”