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Our Principal


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Dr. Teresa C. Jennings

Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is with great pride and excitement that I welcome you to Whittaker Elementary School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition of education!  I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than fifteen years.  I have worked with a variety of students ranging in age from Kindergarten through and including college.  Our work at Whittaker each day is to ensure the academic, social and emotional success of all students and we can only meet this goal through ongoing collaboration and communication with you! 

Along with the teachers and staff of WES, I will work hard to continue to build a legacy of success established by Orangeburg County School District by building strong relationships with parents, students and community partners.  We will focus on character education initiatives, mastery of learning standards and skills, the use of data to drive instruction, and to provide consistent implementation of the curriculum in a rigorous manner so that we can continue to increase all of the students' achievements.
All of us at Whittaker Elementary School are eager and excited to begin what promises to be the best year ever, in spite of all that is occurring around us.  This year is going to be amazing as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections.  As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors; teachers, students and parents are excited to be here!  This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment.  My door is always open and I welcome your input.  Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year.

I look forward to working with you as a team to help each student at Whittaker Elementary meet their goals and have a successful school year!
Best Regards,
Teresa C. Jennings, Ed. D.

Our Assistant Principal


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Ms. Denise Simpson

It is an honor to introduce myself to the great Whittaker Wildcat community of Orangeburg County. I am Denise E. Simpson and I serve as the Assistant Principal of Whittaker Elementary School. I look forward each day to working with our community of stakeholders: our parents, faculty, staff, and community members as we each place our students at the forefront of all we do for their growth and academic success.
I am a native of Orangeburg, SC and a product of the great public schools of this county. I attended South Carolina State University (SCSU) where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education; later I attended Lesley University, Cambridge, MA where I earned a Masters of Education in Technology in Education. I furthered my educational career by returning to my undergraduate alma mater, SCSU, and earned an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration and Leadership.
For more than 18 years, I have served as a teacher, technology instructional facilitator, curriculum coordinator, and digital resource coach for Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 and Orangeburg County School District. I am also a wife and mother to three wonderful children who are all students in Orangeburg County School District.