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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.

Brooks
Suzanne M. Brooks
Technology Integration Specialist
Lexington Elementary

Sheryn D. Billue
AP Statistics and
International Baccalaureate Teacher
Lexington High
     
Banks
Cheryl H. Banks
Kindergarten Teacher
Pleasant Hill Elementary
Turner
Kenneth D. Turner
Director of Bands
River Bluff High
     
Herndon
Kathryn R. Herndon
Third-Grade Teacher
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 for Quality.

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 interviewing them.

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.

BoardChair 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
announces retirement

Lexington County School District One Superintendent Karen Woodward announces that Special Services Director Robin Simmons, PH.D. plans to retire effective June 30, 2015.

Dr. Robin SimmonsAbout 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 South Carolina.

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 Administrators.

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 in person.

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 Program.

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 rezoning?

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 elementary, middle or high schools.

Where can I find bus routes? You can find your child’s bus route on your child’s school web page located here for elementary, middle or high schools. There are also links on the Transportation page.

Where can I find out about high school athletics? You can find information here about Gilbert High, Lexington High, Pelion High, River Bluff High and White Knoll High schools.

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?

 

 

National Athletic Trainers’ Association 1st Team Safe Sports School award

PHS

The Pelion High Athletic Training Department received a 1st Team Safe Sports School award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, recognizing their commitment to providing safe environments for student athletes.

The PHS Athletic Training Department completed several recommended and required elements to earn the designation. Some of the requirements include creating a positive health care administrative system, promoting safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities, and providing or facilitating injury intervention.

Moore Center for Orthopedics Athletic Trainer TJ Marsh, PHS Assistant Athletic Trainer Kerri McLaughlin and PHS Head Athletic Trainer and Assistant Athletic Director George Wham collaborate to provide safe environments for all student athletes.

By taking action to protect young athletes, the Pelion High Athletic Training Program helps create a generation of healthier, active adults who benefited from safe athletic experiences in high school.

 

 
 
 
 
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