Dr. Edward Anderson
Edward is the current principal at Tanglewood Middle School; aiming to redefine and rebrand the image of Tanglewood with the tagline: It Takes a Village. As a product of Greenville County, Edward understands the struggles that many youth face in the city. Born to a teenage mother, he faced high levels of transiency, and early traumas such as a rare heart condition, chronic asthma, and a brain tumor. After K12 schooling, Edward attended school at the University of South Carolina where he finished with a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Level Education. Completing four years in Columbia, he decided to go back to his home community and give back to the students that reminded him so much of his own life. During his tenure as an English teacher at Lakeview Middle School, he actively participated in organizations such as Save Our Sons, aimed at mentoring young men. He was selected as the school district’s Emerging Teacher of the Year in just his second year, and School Teacher of the Year by his 4th year. As he excelled as a classroom teacher, he was selected by the district office as an English coach for other teachers. After two years in that position, he longed to be back in schools and around students. This longing landed him at Tanglewood Middle School as an assistant principal. As an assistant principal at Tanglewood, Edward became a mentor for the Goodwill GoodGuides program, and secured partnerships with Clemson’s 4H program and established relationships between teachers, students, and external organizations such as the Urban League of the Upstate. Last year, he was awarded the Urban League’s Talented Tenth award for his work in the field of Education and in Greenville County. As a principal at Tanglewood, he is privileged with assisting community leaders with advocating for those in need through the On Track Greenville initiative, a partnership between Greenville County Schools and the United Way. He remains grounded thanks to his wife Cassie, their two young sons, Ellison and Micah. Dr. Anderson currently holds an elementary and secondary endorsement in principalship, a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership and Technology.