• Principal
    Mrs. Melinda Tavernier, Ed.S.

    Mrs. 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. Her current goal is to finish her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University by the spring of 2023.

    Mrs. 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. 

    Mrs. Tavernier is originally from Rock Hill, SC and has lived in Horry County since 1999. She has been happily married for 33 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

  • Assistant Principal
    Ms. Kiara Jenkins, M.Ed.

    Hello! My name is Kiara Jenkins and I am an Assistant Principal here at EPS! I taught kindergarten here for eight years and moved on to become the curriculum coach for two years. I fell in love with the students and community of Marion County on day one! I am originally from Orangeburg, SC and I graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education from Coastal Carolina University. I recently received my Masters in Educational Leadership from CCU as well. I love working with students and their families and being a help to those around me. My passion is seeing students’ excitement when they master a new skill. I also love helping teachers enhance their practice to improve student achievement. I am so thrilled to continue my educational career as a member of the Wee Fox family! If I can be of service, please use the contact information listed.

    Contact information: kjenkins@marion.k12.sc.us
  • Assistant Principal
    Mrs. Tanya Roberts, Ed.S.  

    I am so excited to be a part of the Easterling Administrative Team! It is truly an honor to work with our highly qualified and dedicated staff, our wonderful students, and all of the supportive parents. The primary years are critical times of development for students and families, plus they are the foundation of our students’ educational careers. I bring a belief that students are at the center of all school-related decisions and every student deserves a quality education. This happens when the school and families work together for the best interests of our children. I am a lifelong educator and have a love for learning. My goal is to be a great servant leader, one who will make a positive difference in the lives of children. I look forward to working at Easterling Primary to make this school year successful. 

    My college education began at Limestone University. In 1998, I graduated from Limestone with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Then I earned my Master’s Degree from Winthrop University in 2002 in Reading. At South Carolina State University, I completed my Specialist Degree in 2007 in Administration and Supervision.  My teaching career began in Cherokee County where I spent 22 years as a teacher, instructional facilitator, assistant principal, and principal.  

    When I am not working, I enjoy watching great movies, reading, traveling, and spending quality time with my family.  





  • Mrs. Angelia Furnace-Page