Josh Todd said he knew from the time he was in third grade at Homewood Elementary School he wanted to be a teacher.
Well, he has done that and has now expanded his career and is the new principal at Daisy Elementary School.
He replaces Michelle Dunsford who had been principal since 2013. She was promoted to a job in the district office.
Todd is an Horry County native who graduated from Conway High School and later from Coastal Carolina University.
He began his teaching career in 2010 by spending six years teaching at Aynor Elementary School.
In 2016 he was transferred to Palmetto Bays Elementary School where he was an instructional coach.
Most recently he was assistant principal at Kingston Elementary for two years.
Then, earlier this year he heard the Daisy Elementary School principal position was opening up and he knew it was something he would love to do.
“Being a product of Horry County schools, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. It was my third grade teacher, Mrs. Crystal Evans who inspired me to go this direction. So, I knew I wanted to give back to my community,” Todd said. “When I started teaching, I knew I just wanted to learn. That is when I got my master’s in educational leadership and started pursuing that route.”
Todd said because he grew up attending smaller schools, he knew he wanted to work in similar schools.
“They are a great fit for me,” he said. “That is why when the principal’s job at Daisy opened, I said ‘wow, what a wonderful place to be. It has strong community roots,’” he said.
With school set to resume Aug. 19, Todd said he is anxious to get to know the more than 600 students who make up Daisy Elementary.
“I am looking forward to building the relationships with students and parents and the community. At Daisy, we are a family and I want the students and teachers and parents and the community to feel a part of that,” Todd said.
He already has a new slogan he wants to try out in the new school year – ‘Crazy for Daisy.’
“The staff at Daisy are crazy about the kids and they put so much of themselves into our school. For me, in the short time I have been here I have become crazy about Daisy,” he said. “The staff members here are a fun group of people. So, when I met them, I thought this is a crazy little bunch. They are crazy about the kids and the community. That is how I came up with ‘Crazy about Daisy.’”
Todd said he does not foresee making any big changes, at least not immediately. He said he wants to spend this year getting to know the community.
“I want to find what works and what needs changing in the future,” he said.
Todd, who still lives in Aynor, is a piano player at his church, Damascus Freewill Baptist in Conway.