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Principal's Message

A Message from Dr. Whitmire

At Spartanburg Preparatory School, we prepare students to become lifelong learners, productive citizens who respect self and others, and positive influences on the world.

Our curriculum respects students’ developing ideas about how the world works and encourages them to question, consider and refine their understanding of the social and natural world. Teachers use an inquiry-based model to teach and nurture independent learning, critical thinking, as well as creativity and collaboration. All students have access to technology in their classrooms through classroom computers and Smartboards, and each student in grades 3rd-8th has his own Chromebook used for instruction, communication, and learning.

We also value the social-emotional development of our students at Spartanburg Preparatory School. Our character education program is designed to help students develop skills that are central for healthy social and emotional development such as empathy, impulse control, problem-solving, and anger management. The program also focuses on ideals such as, but not limited to, the following: personal integrity and honesty, respect, trustworthiness, patriotism, citizenship, compassion, and pride.

At Spartanburg Preparatory School, we always strive to do our best, then do it better!

Proudly Serving Since 2009,  

Dr. Tomikia Whitmire, Head of School

 

Just a little about Dr. Whitmire...

Dr. Whitmire is a native of Union, SC. She received her B.A. degree in Elementary Education in 2008 from Limestone College and began teaching at Spartanburg Preparatory School after serving as a substitute and special education paraprofessional for several years in schools in Union and Cherokee counties. She taught 4th and 5th grades for several years at Spartanburg Prep before becoming the Dean of Students in  2015, followed by the assistant principal in 2016. In 2017, she was named the Interim Head of School of Spartanburg Preparatory School, followed by the Head of School in 2018.

Throughout her time as an educator, Dr. Whitmire has continued to be a student. She received her Master's in Middle-Level Teaching with an emphasis in math from Liberty University in 2011. She also received her Education Specialist Degree in Supervision and School Administration from Liberty University in 2013 and completed her Ed.D in Supervision and School Administration in 2020. Along the way, Dr. Whitmire has been actively involved in her community as a member of several organizations and in a variety of community efforts.

Dr. Whitmire is a happily married mother of two beautiful daughters who are a freshman at Winthrop University and a graduate student at Claflin University. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, reading, shopping, and traveling.

 

Favorite Quotations:

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” (Maya Angelou)

Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.” (George Evans)

“If A child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." (Ignacio Estrada)