• Principal                                                                                                Dr. Melinda Tavernier

    Dr. Tavernier has had over 30 years of experience in education. She graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and a Master's in Educational Leadership. In 2018, she completed her Educational Specialist degree in Instructional Technology at Coastal Carolina University. In 2023, she finished her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University.

    Dr. Tavernier started out as a 4th grade teacher and has taught students in grades 2-7 within the SC public school system. She homeschooled two of her children for ten years while operating Vine and Branches Homeschool Association. Over the past three decades, she has worked in five different districts across the state of South Carolina and one in North Carolina. In 2010, Mrs. Tavernier began working on her first charter school project in Horry County which opened in 2013 where she served as the founding principal. She has been awarded multiple grants to assist her previous schools and hopes to be able to do so at EPS as well. 

    Dr. Tavernier is originally from Rock Hill, SC and has lived in Horry County since 1999. She has been happily married for 34 years and has had the pleasure of traveling to many wonderful destinations with her husband and family. She enjoys working in her yard, traveling and creating cool experiences for her students! The Tavernier's have 4 adult children,1 grandchild,1 cat and 5 grandcats! 

    Personal motto: The goal is to teach children to think critically and creatively!

    Contact information: mtavernier@marion.k12.sc.us

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