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Ms. Ruth Taylor, Principal

Serving at the district level, Ms. Taylor was Assistant Associate Superintendent for the Elementary Learning Community from 2010 to 2013 and Student Support Services beginning in 2014. Prior to that, she served as principal at Stono Park Elementary from 2005 to 2010 and assistant principal at Beech Hill Elementary from 1999 to 2005. She has taught on various levels from second grade to post-high school in Florida and California before relocating to the Charleston area in 1992 and landing her first job in CCSD at Stono Park Elementary as a certified Parent Educator.

Ms. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Education from the University of South Florida in Tampa and a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision (all levels) from the University of Tampa. She also holds a certification in Elementary Education from Chapman College and a Master’s +30 in Guidance and Elementary.

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Ms. Loretta Hart, Assistant Principal

Loretta Hart is an Early Childhood Professional. She is honored to be the assistant principal at Mary Ford Early Learning and Family Center. She holds a B.S. in Early childhood Education, a M.Ed. Language and Literacy, a M.Ed. Educational Administration, and is working towards a Ph.D. in Educational Administration.

She is in her eighteenth year of education and her thirteenth year at Mary Ford Early Learning and Family Center (Formerly Mary Ford Elementary). Ms. Hart is committed to supporting the school’s awesome Principal, Ruth Taylor, in leading with kindness and equity. She makes partnering with all stakeholders a priority in improving student attendance, resolving difficult problems, and creating the best possible educational and work environment. She is focused on the betterment of the whole child, including academic, emotional, and social growth.

Ms. Hart knows we are living and learning in unprecedented times. However, it does not change her dedication to our students and their families!

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Ms. Trish Anderson, Program Specialist

Trish Anderson presently serves as the Program Specialist for Head Start and Early Head Start at Mary Ford Early Learning and Family Center. Anderson has spent the last 20 years in Early Childhood Education working with teachers, families, and young scholars creating successful school environments where students thrive.

Prior to joining Mary Ford, Anderson served as an Educational Consultant in the state of Utah working as a teacher coach and school culture ambassador.

Anderson spent 10 years in Educational Administration as the Founding Director of Meeting Street Schools in Charleston and Spartanburg, South Carolina. There she spearheaded the launch, vision, and opening of two new public / private partnership schools dedicated to student achievement and the importance of social and emotional growth for all students.

Anderson gained her early experience as an elementary school teacher in Charleston and Berkeley counties. She received her undergraduate degree from West Chester University in Pennsylvania and received a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from the College of Charleston.