Hello, I’m your principal, Mr. Trawick. I have a wonderful wife and two boys. We have a third grader and kindergartner at Legacy. I am a product of the Monrovia community and dedicate my time to the students, faculty, staff, and the community surrounding Legacy. With that being said, I understand the high expectations placed on student achievement and will continue to strive for excellence.
I began my teaching career in 2006 at Athens Intermediate School as a fifth grade teacher. In 2008, I was recruited by the former principal as a fifth grade teacher at Legacy. I taught fifth grade for three and a half years before being afforded the opportunity to be the assistant principal at Legacy. Soon thereafter, I assumed the role as the principal.
The students at Legacy are my top priority. I will treat your child(ren) as I treat my own, with love and respect. I strive to maintain a safe school environment where each child feels valued and appreciated. I do not take my job as principal lightly, that includes your concerns. My door is always open to listen to your concerns, comments and answer your questions.
Legacy Elementary School is a one-of-a-kind learning experience!
It is seldom that you will come across an elementary school that promotes extra-curricular activities among children at such an early age; however, Legacy Elementary School is committed to changing the way we do “school.” It is the Legacy philosophy that children be given as many opportunities as possible to develop leadership skills and take ownership of their school environment before entering middle school. At Legacy, you won’t find students quietly doing work at their desks. Instead, you will find an environment with a heightened level of learning where students are placed at the head of the class. Over 85 percent of the third through fifth grade students are actively involved in leadership roles within the school. Legacy offers over 20 extracurricular activities ranging from choir and art club to student broadcasting and engineering team. A school store, a television station, a postal system, and one of the largest outdoor classrooms in the state of Alabama provide the educational structures that serve as the catalyst for developing deep levels of learning among our students. Legacy students can be found serving on budget committees, making decisions about what playground equipment should be ordered, writing scripts for the morning announcements, and consulting with the lunchroom staff on items to be placed on the menu. Students realize that their presence within the school is important and that they have a job to do, thus, giving Legacy the highest attendance rate in Madison County. The Legacy staff believes students should have their minds busy and their hands “dirty” every time they approach a skill. This experience-based learning has proven to be effective as Legacy boasts some of the highest assessment scores in the state of Alabama.
Legacy Elementary has not only been recognized by the state, but has also been nationally recognized for its many student-centered initiatives. In 2010, Legacy was the recipient of a $50,000 State Farm Grant for its outstanding efforts in Environmental Conservation and Project-Based Learning. In that same year, our Project Pond was awarded the Best Environmental Education Program (BEEP) by the Environmental Education Association of Alabama. Legacy’s “Outdoor Learning Laboratory” has been certified by the Alabama Outdoor Classroom Program as well as the Alabama Wildlife Federation. In 2010, the Legacy faculty and staff were recognized as a CLAS Banner School. This award is only given to select schools across the state of Alabama who have demonstrated programs and initiatives that have substantially affected student learning and academic achievement. One of Legacy’s most proud achievements was winning the 2012 Intel Schools of Distinction Award and being recognized as the top elementary school in the nation for science education. In September 2012, a team from Legacy, Superintendent Dr. Copeland, and Board Member Mr. Anderson, traveled to Washington D.C. to be recognized for this achievement. Our school also received substantial funding from Intel to continue our efforts in hands-on investigative experiences that prepare our students for 21st Century jobs in science, engineering, and mathematics.
Legacy’s most recent achievement is earning the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Lighthouse Award. In December of 2014, a team of educators from Legacy received the prestigious Blue Ribbon Lighthouse Award at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. This honor recognizes our efforts towards school improvement as we redefined excellence at Legacy Elementary School. Through this process, a new mission statement was developed. The mission of Legacy is to create students that LEAD by example, EXPLORE with passion, and SUCCEED in all their endeavors!
As principal of Legacy Elementary School, I consider it an honor to assume the leadership role in the academic development toward the future of your child! I accept this opportunity with great enthusiasm and pride. I feel fortunate to serve in such an active and technologically advanced community and to work alongside an extraordinary team of teachers and support staff who value education and are sensitive to the needs and desires of your children.
The Legacy Motto is “Learning with Pride, Leading the Pack, and Leaving a Legacy.” My vision for Legacy Elementary is to provide a student-friendly learning environment and a place where children are actively involved in the curriculum. I believe that children learn best when they are immersed in the learning process as meaningful connections are made between the skills taught and the world around them. I also want to create an environment where parents become active participants in the instructional realm of the prescribed curriculum. I believe that parents can be the school’s greatest asset as you have the unique ability to take learning beyond the four walls of the classroom and into the career-based environment where learning becomes reality.
Mr. Keith Trawick, Principal