Dr. Elsie Brown hired as assistant director of Felton Laboratory School

Friday, October 20, 2006

ORANGEBURG – Elsie Brown, Ed.D., has been hired as the assistant director of Felton Laboratory School.

“Dr. Brown brings a wealth of experience that will benefit both student and faculty development,” said Dr. Vanessa Lancaster, director of Felton Laboratory School.

She will assist the director in promoting the educational development of each student by the use of leadership, supervisory and administrative skills; observe and evaluate teacher performance; work with administrators to coordinate and supervise student teachers; and organize and administer in-service teacher training.

“My goal is to provide guidance and support in order to promote the best quality education for the students at Felton Laboratory School,” said Brown.

Prior to joining SC State, Brown has served as an assistant principal with Richland County School District One. She has also served as a teacher with Calhoun County Public Schools and the Orangeburg Consolidated School Districts.

Brown received a bachelor’s degree in Biology, a master’s degree in Biology Education, Educational Specialist degree and Doctor of Education in educational administration, all from SC State. She also earned an MBA from Claflin University.

She has served as a member of the S.C. Air National Guard for the past 18 years, where she serves as the education and training manager. While serving in the military, she received associate degrees in education and training, healthcare management and personnel administration from the Community College of the Air Force.

Brown, a Calhoun Falls, S.C., native, is the daughter of Everlena Edmunds and the late Robert Edmunds. She is married to Melvin, ’78, ’84, and has one daughter, Khadija, a senior at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.

Felton Laboratory School, originally known as Felton Training School, was established in 1920 as part SC State’s Department of Education. In 1924, a four-room building was donated by the joint cooperation of the General Education Board and the Rosenwald Fund for teacher education purposes in connection with normal course of study. In 1964, with the expansion of the Teacher Education program, a new building was constructed and Felton Training School was renamed Felton Laboratory School. Today, Felton Laboratory School strives to give the best quality education for students in Kindergarten through Eighth grade.