Principal's Corner

DeNitta Easterling

Ms. DeNitta Easterling
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Today is a Beautiful day to be Beautiful is the philosophy I carry with me each day.  I am DeNitta Hollman-Easterling and for the last  5 years,  I have had  the awesome task of serving as Principal of Thelma Smiley Morris “Multi-talented” Elementary School.  

Nestled on a hill on 801 Hill Street sits Thelma Smiley Morris Elementary.  (TSMES) is a neighborhood school in an urban, disadvantaged, and low socio-economic area. The facility opened its doors as a new facility in August 1999 replacing Loveless Elementary School. TSMES is an attractive one-story building with thirty-eight classrooms, a library/media center with 15,012 holdings, a cafeteria that seats three hundred, office space, and two outside fields and a playground area. The facility offers a beautiful courtyard/picnic area where students can enjoy an occasional outdoor lunch. Thelma Smiley Morris Elementary is a Title I school that offers a traditional academic program and is comprised of close to 600 students ranging in ages 4 through 12. TSMES grade-levels consist of Pre-Kindergarten to Fifth with almost 600 students enrolled.  All students participate in free lunch program. The cultural populations include 92% African American, 3% Caucasian, 4 % Hispanic and 1 % Multi-Race.  Our faculty and staff remain dedicated to nurturing students who are academically sound, and able to adjust, function, reason, and cope in this global society. Student progress is monitored and promoted through an open line of communication between home, school, and community.
TSMES has a fully equipped computer lab for the students to utilize. The main computer lab is equipped with thirty-three computers, several scanners, one wall mounted viewing screen with remote, six photo smart printers (one per grade level), three video camcorders, six digital cameras and two network printers. All teachers have an Ipad, an Ipad cart with several Ipads for student to use, plus a chromebook cart for student use. Also, we have smart boards, document cameras, laptops, projectors, listening centers, and at least three to four desktop computers in the classrooms to expose the students to a variety of instructional strategies based on the areas of focus. Thelma Smiley Morris Elementary contributes its success to strong leadership, its Partners'Alliance, parental involvement, and most importantly, a dedicated faculty and staff.





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