Aiken County Schools Announce Courts of Honor and Prepare for Stars in Education | Education

The Aiken County Public School District has new stars in public education.

The school district recently announced the faculty members who have been nominated to the Courts of Honor for the 2022-23 Principal of the Year, Vice-Principal of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Teacher Freshman of the Year and Giving Even More members. All of these faculty members are now finalists for the school district’s Principal of the Year, Vice-Principal of the Year, TOY, FYTOY and GEM awards, according to a school district press release. Overall award winners will be announced Thursday, May 12 at the Stars of Public Education event at Aiken High School.

For a principal to become a finalist for Principal of the Year, he or she had to be nominated by an ACSPD employee and must have worked as a principal in an ACPSD middle or high school for at least three years, or in a ACPSD primary school for at least five years. years. The candidate must also plan to return to the position for the 2022-23 school year.

Members of the 2022-23 Principal of the Year Honor Court are Shunte Dugar (New Ellenton Middle STEAM Magnet School), Michael Truitt (JD Lever Elementary School), and Kimbra Meek (North Augusta Middle School).

Other nominees for Principal of the Year are Dr. Jason Holt (Aiken High School), Denise McCray (Aiken Intermediate School), Lisa Flaw (East Aiken School of the Arts), Michelle Padgett (Graniteville Elementary School), Dr. Ryan Ashley (Kennedy Middle School), John Metts (Millbrook Elementary School); Patricia Wilson (North Augusta Elementary School), Callie Herlong (Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary School), and Charlene Heard (Warrenville Elementary School).


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The Deputy Principal of the Year winners were nominated by ACPSD employees. They have worked as a vice principal in an ACPSD middle or high school for at least three years, or in an ACPSD elementary school for at least one full school year or more.

Members of the 2022-23 Assistant Principal of the Year Honor Court are Jasmine Scott (Schofield Middle School), Jennifer Kolmar (South Aiken High School) and Patrick Newsome (Warrenville Elementary School).

Other nominees for Vice-Principal of the Year are Kimmerie Allen (Belvedere Elementary School), Anna Beth Harbeson (East Aiken School of the Arts), Kippy Kelly (JD Lever Elementary School), Carla Dupert (Kennedy Middle School), James Dziczkowski (Midland Valley High School), Kristie Brooks (Midland Valley High School), Valerie Collins (Millbrook Elementary School), Kyle Blankenship (New Ellenton Middle STEAM Magnet School), Lindsey Hager (North Augusta Elementary School) and Kristin Risher (North Augusta High School).

ACPSD Superintendent King Laurence commended the principals and assistant principals for all their hard work.

“Aiken County’s superintendents and deputy superintendents are some of the finest administrators in the state,” Laurence commented. “These dedicated professionals strive to give their best to their students, staff, families and community members every day, and we are very proud of the work they do in our schools.


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In regards to Teacher of the Year, First Grade Teacher of the Year, and members of the Giving Even More Court of Honor, Director of Human Resources and Administration, Jennifer Hart, said the school district greatly appreciates the faculty members who were named finalists.

“We are incredibly proud of our nominees to the Stars of Public Education Honor Court,” said Hart. “These employees work tirelessly to provide top-notch educational experiences for our students, continue to improve their own skills, and support their colleagues.”

The Teacher of the Year Honor Court includes Sharon McCain (Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary School), Kim Mitchell (Aiken Elementary School), Shamari Moody (Jackson STEM Magnet Middle School), Stephanie Prandy (Kennedy Middle School) and Rhett Sherman (Hammond Hill Elementary School).

The First Grade Teacher of the Year honor court includes Danielle Altringer (South Aiken High School), Bryan Hadden (Belvedere Elementary School), Anna Keistler (Mossy Creek Elementary School), Emily Lockridge (North Augusta Middle School ) and Vivian Martin (Graniteville Elementary School).

The Giving Even More Court of Honor includes Randi Mitchell (Mossy Creek Elementary School), Shannon Boatwright (Jefferson Elementary School), Hope Mullins from the Division of Human Resources and Administration, Ashley Bodine from the Division of Instruction and Tfifany Palmer (Kennedy Middle School).

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