Foxbank Elementary School is an idyllic addition to the Foxbank Plantation neighborhood, and a large part of its success depends upon Principal Natalie Lockliear.
For Principal Lockliear, having a school within Foxbank Plantation has been a dream: “As a principal, this is my first experience having a school within a neighborhood. There is definitely a family environment at Foxbank Elementary because the school is in Foxbank Plantation. Being in close proximity to so many homes allows our students to walk or bike to school with siblings, friends and parents.”
Principal Lockliear is proud of what Foxbank Elementary has achieved in such a short time: “Opening Foxbank Elementary has been one of the highlights of my career,” she said. “Our team has been given the chance to create a culture and set traditions for the coming years. It has been an exciting adventure that has included choosing a mascot, designing the school logo, choosing furniture, selecting playground equipment and hiring our amazing staff. Our community, staff, students and their families have come together, not only to overcome the challenges that come with new beginnings but to show our future Boykins that through determination, creativity and a thirst for knowledge, that our world is full of possibilities.”
Just as Foxbank Plantation has added to the Moncks Corner community, Foxbank Elementary has established a loving and creative addition to the Foxbank Plantation community: “We are working to build a positive learning environment where students look forward to coming to school each day,” said Principal Lockliear proudly. “Children are innately curious and our goal is to foster their curiosity into a love of learning. ”
Along with the Norman Rockwell-esque benefits of having a school within a residential community, there are also some challenges of which Principal Lockliear has navigated gracefully: “Having the school in a neighborhood has created challenges with morning arrival, dismissal and after school events due to the large number of cars trying to get on and off campus, in addition to regular neighborhood traffic,” said Principal Lockliear. “As we work to improve our traffic concerns, we ask for everyone traveling through the neighborhood to slow down, watch for kids and work with us. We can do more together than apart.”
Principal Lockliear encourages Foxbank Plantation neighbors to get involved by volunteering: “We would love to have community members come and read with our children,” said Principal Lockliear. “Reading and listening to a child read makes a huge difference in a student’s progress.”