Department of Defense Education Activity
Ft. Stewart Elementary School History

Ft. Stewart Elementary, the third of four schools located on Ft. Stewart, GA, opened its doors on August 4, 2005, with a student population of 125, and 21 teachers and support staff. Mrs. Carol Lee Kipp Caldwell served as the school's first principal. The first through sixth grade school serviced the new Liberty Woods housing area. The school was set up in temporary modular buildings on Davis Avenue in a vacant field adjacent Diamond Elementary School while the brick and mortar school was being built. In 2007, as the completion of the school neared, the name of Fort Stewart Elementary was changed in order to honor a WWII 3rd Infantry Division Soldier and Medal of Honor recipient: Pfc. Patrick L. Kessler. When the 2007-2008 school year began, approximately fifty percent of the children who started the first year of Fort Stewart Elementary moved to the new Kessler Elementary School when redistricting took place. Kessler Elementary School was dedicated on September 12, 2007, with two of PFC Kessler's relatives attending the ceremony. Under the direction of the current principal, Dr. Djuna Crowder, KES now supports a student population of 400 in Pre-K through Sixth grade, with 50 teachers and support staff. The school mascot, a soaring Eagle, was selected as representative of the new school's high expectations and goals. The school slogan, "Dignity and Respect; Everyone; Everyday", and the school colors, red, white, and blue, were descriptive of an attitude of pride and patriotism.