Emanuel County Institute: There is strength in unity!
by ANETRIA EDENFIELD, Principal
Welcome back! We are incredibly excited to begin a new year here at Emanuel County Institute!
This promises to be a year filled with many opportunities for our students as we work hard to
find new and better ways to help our students grow as we are entering our first “normal” school
year since the pandemic. Much planning and hard work has gone into preparing for a successful
school year here at ECI; we will be working with all TOGETHER to ensure a great start! We
embark on this journey with a pledge to you, our students and parents, that this year will be the
best year ever filled with engaging, meaningful and rigorous work in our classrooms, combined
with special events and a plethora of extracurricular clubs and activities, performing arts groups,
and athletic teams certain to encourage our Dawgs to be involved and stay connected! We
pledge to work TOGETHER this year with a unified front. As Mattie Stepanek once said, “Unity
is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” At
ECI we will achieve wonderful things!
Our staff of highly qualified professional educators and support personnel is committed to
providing our students many opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. We invite
and encourage students and parents to work in partnership with us to seize opportunities in all
five facets of our ECI program—academics, the arts, athletics, activities, and altruistic
We look forward to a very positive and productive year together! We extend a special, year-long
invitation to our families to join us at school activities and events whenever possible. We want
you to take advantage of opportunities to be involved and support your child’s education. Your
active participation is the key to success for your young Dawg during his/ her middle & high
school career. We value home and school communication here at ECI. It is vital and plays an
integral role in each student’s academic career. We encourage you to contact us if and when
the need arises and to stay “in the know” about your child’s studies, assignments, assessments,
and school activities, as well as other events and happenings. We ask that you follow us on
Twitter @bulldogs_eci and our Facebook page, Emanuel County Institute. We will be posting
important information about upcoming events.
Brooke Frye will be returning as one of our assistant principals. She is student centered and
has a warm, nurturing personality that our staff, students and families have appreciated. Brooke
and her husband, Peyton, have two children, Lawson (11) and Anna Caroline (9).
We will be adding a new assistant principal & athletic director this year, Mr. Corian Roberson.
He is married to Befaney and they have three children, Corian Roberson Jr. (CJ) (14), Taylor
(13), and Daniel Roberson (6). Mr. Roberson is excited about this new journey in his career and
is looking forward to building relationships with the students, faculty & staff and community this
This will be my 24 th year in education and my fourth year as principal. I have previously served
as assistant principal, media specialist, and business education teacher before becoming
principal. I am excited to continue to work hard to help move ECI forward! I am married to Kevin
and we have two children, Gavin (22) and Zera (20).
Again, we welcome you to the 2022-2023 school term at Emanuel County Institute. Our school
is a place alive with much energy, enthusiasm, and a high standard of excellence! It is, indeed,
a place where opportunities are endless. Here’s to an awesome new school year as we all work
TOGETHER to make our school a great place to work and learn each and every day!