Principal's Message

Welcome to Kelly Edwards Elementary School!
I am super excited to begin my third year at Kelly Edwards Elementary School.  It is my honor to work daily with such persevering students, an extremely dedicated staff, and a supportive school community.  I feel very fortunate to be part of this school and to support the students, families, and community. All of our efforts and hard work paid off during my first year as KEES principal.  Our school was deemed EXCELLENT by the State of South Carolina's school report card.  
I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than twenty years.  I have worked with students ranging in age from Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade in a variety of roles. I have been a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, and Literacy Coach.  I also served as the Assistant Principal of Greendale Elementary School in Aiken.  I am thrilled to continue my skills as an instructional leader to Kelly Edwards and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your scholar's success.
On a personal note, I am the proud mother of two sons, Malachi and Isaiah Smalls.  Both boys are graduates of South Aiken High School and attending the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  Malachi is an avid musician who will major in music industry studies.  Isaiah is an athlete who hopes to compete in collegiate track and field while majoring in media arts.  We currently attend Cedar Creek Church in Aiken.       
I view education as a life-long process and expect that I will continue to learn much about the uniqueness of Kelly Edwards this year and in the years to come.  I am excited to unite my experience and my openness to grow and learn with the school, staff, scholars, families, and community.  The relationship between families, the community, and the school are vital to the success of our scholars, therefore I encourage you to become involved in every way possible.  I look forward to seeing your scholars and you soon!  
Educationally yours,
Monique J. Smalls