Hello and welcome to Forest Acres Elementary School!
Welcome to the Forest Acres family this year! Forest Acres Elementary is an excellent school with an outstanding reputation for high academic achievement as well as outstanding students, parents, teachers and support staff. I look forward to continuing this culture of excellence as we plan for an exciting 2016-2017 school year.
I have been honored to serve as Principal at Forest Acres for the past 6 years. Prior to my appointment to FAE, I spent 3 years as Assistant Principal at East End Elementary. I also have served as band director at Liberty Middle School and also taught band, chorus, strings and even social studies at Berea and Parker Middle Schools in Greenville, SC.
I have lived in Easley for the past 18 years. After attending North Carolina State University, I transferred to Southern Wesleyan University and graduated with a B.A. degree in Music Education. I then received a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Clemson University. While I no longer teach music on a daily basis, I continue to serve as orchestra director at Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Easley. I am also currently working on a PhD in Education at Clemson University.
My wife Amy and I both enjoy traveling, performing music, and spending time with our family. Amy is a chorus teacher at Gettys Middle School in Easley - one of the largest middle school Choral programs in the state of SC. She was chosen as the 2013-14 Teacher of the Year for Gettys Middle. We are so proud of her! We have two children: Will is going into the 8th Grade at Gettys Middle this year and loves math and music. He is also participating in the Easley High Marching Band this fall. Charlotte is an active young lady that will be in 2nd grade at Forest Acres and loves singing and dancing to Mom and Dad’s favorite musicals. We are so proud of our children!
Article from Southern Wesleyan University ALUMNI NEWS:
Darian Byrd, the Principal at Forest Acres Elementary School in Easley, S.C., sees harmony between his administrative role and his musical background. The former band teacher, who sees the arts as a key component of any student’s education, is happy to be part of a school that has kept a strong arts program in this time when schools are driven by test scores. “I want to be somebody who encourages the use of the arts in every subject,” said Byrd. He added that it is important to integrate more of the arts into a child’s educational experience. Byrd’s educational philosophy draws from his experiences as a music educator and from his musical training at Southern Wesleyan University and North Carolina State University. Byrd met his wife Amy while both were music majors and often practicing in studios next to each other.
Byrd gained rich experience prior to entering education from serving in management at Goodberry’s Creamery and receiving extensive customer service and food service training at the Angus Barn in Raleigh, N.C., to traveling cross country on a traveling music team and working as an admissions counselor at Southern Wesleyan University. Being part of a many diverse teams and serving the public was perfect training for his educational career. Also, Byrd met his wife Amy while both were music majors. In his spare time, Byrd directs the orchestra at Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Easley, S.C., which has often included former band students. You can often catch him performing on the drum set with the orchestra or playing the piano/electric synth with the contemporary band each week.
Our 2016-17 Theme is:
Celebrating our past, inspiring our future - 50 years of learning at Forest Acres Elementary
Forest Acres opened its doors in August 1966. We are excited to celebrate this Golden Anniversary with the students and community and decided to make our theme dedicated to this anniversary.
We are calling for all stakeholders to join Forest Acres as we continue to meet the needs of our students as we inspire them to learn. All teachers, staff members, parents, community members and students will be needed to realize our goals. We will always seek to remain focused on making student centered decisions and ask for the full support of everyone to help each student find success.
I invite you to become active in your child’s education. Joining PTO, volunteering in your child’s classroom, and attending school functions are easy and fun ways to get involved at Forest Acres and show your child that you believe their education is important. Through teamwork, communication, and dedication to continuous improvement, Forest Acres will continue to be a place where children will flourish for many generations.
Darian L. Byrd