Academy of Environmental Sciences
Director of Dutch Fork Elementary After-School Program
My name is Ronette Boykin Mayers. I am the Director of Dutch Fork Elementary After-School Program. I was born in Brooklyn, New York, where my family and I lived for 15 years. We later moved to Columbia, South Carolina in 1980. My parents are Edward Boykin and Lillie Boykin. I have six other siblings. I was married when I was 19 years old to Roosevelt Mayers Jr. From this union I had a daughter named Jasma Shantai Mayers. Jasma was married and she has given me two grand-daughter and expecting another child in February 2018. I’ve always had a house full of children and I knew that caring for children was my calling.
Assistant Director of Dutch Fork Elementary After-School Program
Tamara Garner is the Assistant Director of Dutch Fork Elementary After-School Program. The program successfully enrolls about 60-100 children each school year. Mrs. Garner started her career with Lexington School District 5 about 4 years ago as an after school counselor. Since then she has successfully been promoted to Assistant Director.
She grew up in Columbia, SC. The youngest of all of her siblings. Born to Mr. & Mrs. Martin and Edna Mitchell. Both of which are retired for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. Being successful was instilled in her at a very young age by her father who retired as Chief of Public Safety and her mother who retired as Nurse/Lab Technician. So therefore failure was never an option.
After graduating from high school she proceeded to earn her associate degree in Accounting, meanwhile working full time as a Certified Nursing Assistant for the Department of Mental Health for 13 years. And part time at the City of Columbia as a Secretary for a year. During those 13 years at the Department of Mental Health she got married in 2004 to her wonderful husband. Despite the juggling of multiple jobs and a busy life she continued on her educational path to success. She now hold multiple certifications such as NHA Certified Phlebotomy Technician, AAPC Medical Biller & Coder, and NABP Pharmacy Technician just to name a few. She remains humble about her accomplishment thus far and believes the sky is the limit.
After realizing her true passion for working with children over the years she has decided to enroll in a college program in 2018 for child psychology. With a lot of continued hard work and courage her visions seems bright. Today her warmth and passion to work with children makes her a valuable resource to Lexington School District 5 and to all those around her. Her motto is “Successful people keep moving, they make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” She encourages her children with whom she has the pleasure to work with to do the same.