And, the finalists are . . . .
Lexington County School District One proudly announces
the finalists for this year’s District Teacher of the Year — Lexington
Elementary Technology Integration Specialist Suzanne M. Brooks, Lexington High
AP Statistics and International Baccalaureate Teacher Sheryn D. Billue,
Pleasant Hill Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Cheryl H. Banks, River Bluff High
Director of Bands Kenneth D. Turner and Rocky Creek Elementary Third-Grade
Teacher Kathryn R. Herndon.
Suzanne M. Brooks
Technology Integration Specialist
Sheryn D. Billue
AP Statistics and
Cheryl H. Banks
Pleasant Hill Elementary
Kenneth D. Turner
Director of Bands
River Bluff High
Kathryn R. Herndon
Rocky Creek Elementary
Suzanne Brooks has 20 years of educational experience, a
Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies of elementary education from the
University of South Carolina and a Master of Education in educational
psychology in gifted and creative education from the University of Georgia. A
College of Charleston adjunct professor and Leading Edge Digital Educator, she
is certified in early childhood and elementary education and endorsed in gifted
and talented. Brooks is a member of the Palmetto State Teachers Association,
Lexington Elementary’s Leadership Team, and the S.C. Discovery Educator Network
Events Team and Leadership Council.
Sheryn Billue has 19 years of educational experience, a
Bachelor of Arts in geography from Georgia State University and credentials
from Benedict College’s Armed Forces Teacher Education and Recruitment Program.
Billue, certified in mathematics and advanced placement and endorsed in gifted
and talented, is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum
Development, Mathematical Association of America and South Carolina Council of
Teachers of Mathematics. She also earned certified quality engineer and
certified quality technician certifications from the Board of American Society
Cheryl Banks has 15 years of educational experience, a
Bachelor of Arts in early childhood education from Clemson University and a
Master of Education in elementary education and a Master’s Plus 30 in language
and literacy from the University of South Carolina. Banks, a grade-level team
leader, is certified in early childhood education and literacy. She is a member
of the Palmetto State Teachers Association and is a University of South
Carolina coaching teacher.
Ken Turner has 23 years of educational experience and a
Bachelor of Music Education with a Performance Certificate and a Master of
Music Education from the University of South Carolina.
Named to the 2013 School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s
“50 Directors that Make a Difference,” Turner is certified in music education
(instrumental) and a member of the National Association for Music Education
Association, South Carolina Band Directors Association, South Carolina Band
Directors Association Marching Committee, Lexington District One Teacher
Advisory Council, Phi Beta Mu Honorary International Bandmasters Fraternity and
South Carolina Philharmonic.
Katie Herndon, with 11 years of educational experience,
has a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education from Presbyterian
College, a Master of Education in literacy education from Cambridge College,
and a Master of Education in educational administration from the University of
South Carolina. Herndon is certified in early childhood education and
elementary administration. A National Board Certified Teacher, she is a
Certified South Carolina Mentor teacher, a SAFE-T evaluator and a member of the
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, South Carolina State
Council of the International Reading Association, S.C. Department of Education
Read to Succeed Coaching Institute and Professional Literacy Cohort, and the
Lexington One Technology Users Group.
In September, certified staff at each Lexington One
school chose a 2014–2015 school-level Teacher of the Year. Those school-level
Teachers of the Year completed written applications, which were judged by five
teams of judges. Finally, the 11 applications with top scores were judged by a
different team of six judges. In the coming weeks, another panel of judges of
five judges will spend a day observing the finalists as they teach and
The district will announce its new District Teacher of
the Year on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at an evening celebration honoring all
school-level Teachers of the Year held at the Lexington One Performing Arts
Center on the campus of River Bluff High School.
The district’s other school-level Teachers of the Year
include Carolina Springs Elementary Fifth-Grade English Language Arts and
Social Studies Teacher Tamela Jett; Carolina Springs Middle Eighth-Grade
Science Teacher Teresa Gibbons; Forts Pond Elementary Art Teacher Lisa Thomas;
Gilbert Elementary Fourth-Grade Teacher Jamie Brunson; Gilbert High Algebra
Teacher Christina Bosserman; Gilbert Middle Eighth-Grade Science Teacher Pamela
Humphries; Gilbert Primary Kindergarten Teacher Amy Van Horne; Lake Murray
Elementary Music Teacher Amy Shealy; Lexington Middle Sixth-Grade Science
Teacher Charlene Jones; Lexington Technology Center Marketing Teacher Marcy
O’Brien; Meadow Glen Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Aubrey Catone; Meadow Glen
Middle iCivics Teacher Melody Shafer; Midway Elementary Fifth-Grade Teacher
Katie McKinley; New Providence Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Kay Derrick; Oak
Grove Elementary Second-Grade Teacher Cassie Stone; Pelion Elementary School
Counselor Julie Long; Pelion High Band Director Otto Hage; Pelion Middle
Industrial Technology and STEM Academy Teacher John Leneschmidt; Pleasant Hill
Middle Sixth-Grade Social Studies Teacher Steve Woodyard; Red Bank Elementary
Second-Grade Teacher Meghan Cegelis; Saxe Gotha Elementary Special Education
Teacher Patricia Dutton; White Knoll Elementary ESOL Teacher Jennifer
Gillespie; White Knoll Middle Sixth-Grade Mathematics Teacher Joan Conger;
White Knoll High NJROTC Instructor 1st Sgt. David Pelley.
Thanks to our wonderful board!
January is national School Board Recognition Month.
Lexington County School District One’s Board of
Trustees epitomizes this year’s state theme, “Stand up for South Carolina
Public Schools.” They devote hours of time to our district — without any form
of pay. In essence, they “volunteer” their service.
They stand up for Lexington One, its students and staff,
and for public education each and every day.
They advocate for quality schools and an equitable public
education system that makes sure that all students, from every walk of life
have an equal opportunity for success.
Debbie Knight, Vice Chair Ed Harmon, Secretary Cindy Smith and Members Sandra
Backman, Jean Haggard, Dr. Brad Pitts and Dr. Brent Powers take their
responsibilities very seriously.
These individuals set the standard for achieving the
district’s mission and vision by making sure that the district has a
solid foundation of resources, leadership and support.
See the board in action here.
Special Services Director Robin Simmons
Lexington County School District One Superintendent Karen
Woodward announces that Special Services Director Robin Simmons, PH.D. plans to
retire effective June 30, 2015.
Simmons Woodward said, “Dr. Robin Simmons has ably led our special needs
program for 10 years. She is an outstanding educator and a person of great
integrity. She is passionate about serving students with disabilities and a
strong advocate to ensure that the needs of our children are met. An exemplary
educational leader, she has made a significant mark on Lexington District One.”
Simmons, who has 34 years of experience in public
education, began her career in 1972 by serving as special education teacher at
the elementary, junior high and high school levels in schools in Fayetteville,
N.C. In 1990, she became a special education teacher in Richland School
District One and was promoted to special services consultant in 1997.
She joined Lexington County School District One in 2003 as coordinator of
preschool services, became coordinator for secondary special education services
in 2004 and was promoted to director in 2005.
Simmons holds a Bachelor
of Science in Health and Physical Education from the University of North
Carolina at Pembroke, a Master of Science in Learning Disabilities from Kansas
State University, and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and a
Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education Administration from the University of
Currently president of the South Carolina Council of
Administrators of Special Education, Simmons is a member of the Council for
Exceptional Children at the local, state and national level, the South Carolina
Council for Administrators of Special Education, the CEC’s Division of
Developmental Delays, the South Carolina Association for Supervision and
Curriculum Development, and the South Carolina Association of School
Congratulations OGES, Palmetto’s Finest finalist!
The South Carolina Association of School Administrators
has informed us that Oak Grove
Elementary School is a finalist for a 2015 Palmetto’s Finest Schools Award.
Eleven South Carolina schools are finalists for the 2015
Palmetto’s Finest Schools Awards after extensive evaluations by fellow
educators and previous Palmetto’s Finest winners. The application process
includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional
learning communities and school culture.
Last fall, 30 South Carolina schools submitted a 20-page
application and received an onsite examination visit by a review committee. The
11 finalists will now undergo a second onsite evaluation.
SC ETV will stream live the final announcement about
which schools receive the top honors to each of the finalist schools on
Tuesday, March 24 at 1:45 p.m.
The SC Association of School Administrators (SCASA)
presents the awards each year to schools which offer the best in innovative,
effective educational programs. The Palmetto’s Finest Award is celebrating its
37th year and is one of the most coveted and respected awards among educators.
Bus drivers needed!
Lexington County School District One has openings for bus
drivers across the district.
If you are interested in applying, please visit the
Transportation Office located at 315 Barr Road, Lexington, SC 29072 and apply
Here’s information about the salary range, etc.
If you have any questions, please call 803-821-1340.
I keep hearing about smart snacks. What is that?
The National School Lunch and Breakfast Program
establishes standards for school lunches and breakfasts. Lexington One
participates in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast
Districts participating in the program are required to
comply with a new law, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which
required new standards for snack foods and beverages (Smart Snacks in School).
You can go here to learn more about it.
How do I find it?
Where do I find out information about the current
Where do my children go to school?
Can I enroll my child online?
Where can I find information about my child’s school? You can
find information on your child’s school web page located here for
Where can I find bus routes? You can find your child’s bus
route on your child’s school web page located here for
There are also links on the
Where can I find out about high school athletics? You can find
information here about Gilbert High,
Pelion High, River
Bluff High and White Knoll High
Where can I learn more about the personal mobile computing
initiative at the middle and high schools?
Does the district have a Facebook, Twitter or YouTube account?