Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Elizabeth Anderson

My name is Elizabeth Anderson and I am honored to serve as the principal at W. L. Swain. I have been employed with Gordon County Schools since graduating from Georgia Southern University in 1992 with a degree in early childhood education. I was recruited by Mr. David McLeod at Georgia Southern's teacher recruitment day. He approached me and ask if I would like to interview with him for a teaching position. I said yes and have been here ever since-starting my 30th year! I spent 8 years at Ashworth Middle School teaching special education in 6th-8th grade. During this time I earned my Master's degree in Education. In 2000, I left middle school to go back to my "elementary school roots". I taught special education at Belwood Elementary for 8 years. During my time at Belwood I served as the lead special education teacher and earned my Specialists degree in Educational Leadership. In 2004, I was awarded Belwood Elementary School's Teacher of the Year and Gordon County's Teacher of the Year. I left Belwood in 2008 to work as assistant principal at Red Bud Elementary School. In 2009, I was hired by Kelly Bumgardner to be her assistant principal at the new Sonoraville Elementary School. Within a year I was hired as principal and completed my doctorate in Education Administration. I served as principal at Sonoraville Elementary School for 4 years.
I am married to Grant Anderson who teaches at Gordon Central High School. He is also the assistant Cross Country Coach. I have two wonderful children. Sam graduated from Gordon Central High School in 2014 and is a 2019 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a degree in nuclear engineering. He currently serves in the U. S. Navy as a navy pilot. My daughter, Timber, graduated from Gordon Central High School in 2015 and is a cadet at West Point- United States Military Academy. Timber graduated from Airborne School last summer and is a third generation paratrooper. We are truly a proud Gordon County Schools' family!