A Message from Mr. Webster

  • Mr. Webster


    Welcome to the Dalmatian Nation! This is a place where we live our vision of being, “a community of empowered leaders and goal achievers striving for their personal best in academic achievement and life success. 

    This website details the many facets of DMES. By selecting “Our Story,” for instance, you can learn about the making of this school and its unique features. “Areas of Focus” describes two approaches that characterize DMES, Project Based Learning and Responsive Classroom, and the “I am” feature allows you to select areas that may be of interest to you as a parent or student. As with anything related to our school, you are welcome to contact us by calling (864) 586-7979 or by emailing me at twebster@spart7.org. We also maintain an active Facebook page and will communicate widely and regularly.

    At DMES, our BIG Goal is to have 100% of our children reading on or above grade level. We believe this to be critical, community changing work. It is LIFE changing for our children. For the sake of our children, we must achieve this goal, and we must have the help of our community.  We ask that every DMES parent know how their child is performing as a reader. Ask your child's K5-5th grade teacher about his/her iReady results. Ask any member of the DMES faculty if you need help understanding what they mean. If your child is reading below grade level, we need to work in partnership with you to grow them quickly. We will need you to work with them at home (https://www.readingfoundation.org and other sites offer good advice on how to help.

    A 1990 Spartanburg High School graduate, I am SO proud to serve in the district that “raised me.” I student taught at Jesse Boyd Elementary School and began my teaching career as a fourth-grade teacher in North Charleston. In 1999, I was hired as a fifth-grade teacher in a neighboring school district, earned my National Board certification and was selected as District Teacher of the Year. I worked as a school level science coach before becoming Director of Science Education for the district. As principal of Jesse Bobo Elementary School, I partnered with faculty to earn the first Palmetto Gold in the school’s history and become the nation’s first LEGO Education Model School. It is my great privilege to now be a part of this community in crafting an extraordinary school for our children.


    Thomas Webster

    Principal, Drayton Mills Elementary School