July 6, 2022

Dear Alice Drive Elementary Families, 

Greetings! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new principal of Alice Drive Elementary School. I am honored and excited to be joining such a wonderful school community. I look forward to working in partnership with our assistant principals, Mr. Gradwell and Mrs. Washington, as well as the other members of our exceptional staff as we strive to serve all our students, families, and community members. I would like to thank Mrs. Foley for all her hard work over the years, and Mrs. McFadden for stepping in and making sure the school continued to be exceptional through difficult times.

I have spent my last ten years as an educator in Sumter School District; working as a teacher at Furman Middle and assistant principal at Alice Drive Middle. I have gained valuable experience working with students and families from diverse backgrounds. I am aware of the terrific community involvement that supports Alice Drive Elementary and fully welcome continued involvement. Strong relationships between the school, parents, and community can be the difference between an acceptable school and one that is truly exceptional.

Together, we will achieve our mission of preparing and supporting children to thrive in the global community of the 21st century. All students will be supported as we work to build the knowledge, critical and creative thinking skills, and integrity required to be successful citizens. I will work diligently to build upon the successes that have been achieved at Alice Drive Elementary by building strong relationships with faculty and staff, parents, students, and community partners.

I look forward to meeting you. You can expect to hear more from me through our website at ade.sumterschools.net, Twitter, and Facebook pages. I will release a video by the end of this week as another form of introduction. I encourage you to regularly check these platforms as a means of receiving updates and information. There will be ample opportunities for involvement as we get closer to and begin the 2022-2023 school year.




Eric Masaitis



803-775-0857 ext. 104