SDPC names top teachers and support employees

COUNTY — The School District of Pickens County has honored more than 50 employees as its teachers and support employees of the year.

District officials announced the 2014-15 awards last week.

The winners from each individual school and department will now be considered for the district’s overall teacher of the year and support employee of the year awards, which will be announced at the district’s back-to-school event on Aug. 15.

Current district teacher of the year Jan Burroughs and support employee of the year Pauline Blackston will chair a committee over the summer to select their successors. The committee will interview the top four candidates, known as honor roll teachers and support employees, to decide the winners.

Teacher of the year honors went to Ambler Elementary’s Courtney Vaughan, Central Elementary’s Donna Williams, Chastain Road Elementary’s Kim Wood, Clemson Elementary’s Jennifer Pruitt Sheriff, Crosswell Elementary’s Elizabeth Johnson, Dacusville Elementary’s Anna Nichols, Dacusville Middle’s Toni Johnson, Daniel High’s Rachel Jones, Easley High’s James Adams, East End Elementary’s Kitty Adams, Edwards Middle’s Lucius Culpepper, Forest Acres Elementary’s Stacy Bullard, Gettys Middle’s Holly Harden, Hagood Elementary’s Janice Garrison, Holly Springs Elementary’s Lynn Williams, A.R. Lewis Elementary’s Lindsey Stone, Liberty Elementary’s Jessica Satterfield, Liberty High’s Amy Hendricks, Liberty Middle’s Mary Helen Oliver, McKissick Elementary’s Jared Roper, Pickens County Career and Technology Center’s Tim Hiott, Pickens Elementary’s Nikki Miller, Pickens High’s Karen Williamson, Pickens Middle’s Avis Fisher, Six Mile Elementary’s Susan Orr and West End Elementary’s Belle Graver.

Support employees of the year were Jeremy McCollum, Accountability, Information and Technology Services; Ambler Elementary’s Sherry Crawford, Central Elementary’s Lisa Keyes, Central Services’ Jynene Burgess, Chastain Road Elementary’s Tina Hall, Clemson Elementary’s Connie Upchurch, Crosswell Elementary’s Deni Menchyk, Dacusville Elementary’s Kim Hager, Dacusville Middle’s Amanda McCollough, Daniel High’s Judy Edwards, Easley High’s Sue Emery, East End Elementary’s Tricia Wiles, Edwards Middle’s David Cantrell, Forest Acres Elementary’s Stacy Massarelli, Gettys Middle’s Jennifer Ohlrogge, Hagood Elementary’s Paula Welborn, Holly Springs Elementary’s Elaine Holcombe, A.R. Lewis Elementary’s Diann Reece, Liberty Elementary’s Helen Purry, Liberty High’s Deborah Rogers, Liberty Middle’s Jennifer Cournoyer, McKissick Elementary’s Ken Larson, Operational Services’ Art Breedlove, Parenting and Family Literacy Program’s Debbie Crum, Pickens County Career and Technology Center’s Missy Ricken, Pickens Elementary’s Beverly Whitman, Pickens High’s Bonnie Stewart, Pickens Middle’s Tammy Brazinski, Six Mile Elementary’s Ann Duncan, Skelton Center’s Reba Burgess and West End Elementary’s Tracey Matthews.