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Aiken County schools announces honor courts, prepares for Stars in Education | Education

Aiken County Public School District has some newly named Stars of Public Education.

The school district recently announced the faculty members who were named to the honor courts for the 2022-23 Principal of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year, Teacher of the Year, First Year Teacher 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, Assistant Principal of the Year, TOY, FYTOY and GEM awards, according to a news release from the school district. The overall award winners will be announced on Thursday, May 12 at the Stars of Public Education event at Aiken High School.


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

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

The other Principal of the Year nominees are Dr. Jason Holt (Aiken High School), Denise McCray (Aiken Intermediate School), Lisa Fallaw (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 Assistant Principal of the Year honorees were nominated by ACPSD employees. They have worked as an assistant principal at an ACPSD middle school or high school for at least three years, or an ACPSD elementary school for at least one complete school year or longer.

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

The other Assistant Principal of the Year nominees 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 of their hard work.

“The principals and assistant principals in Aiken County are among the best administrators in the state,” commented Laurence. “These dedicated professionals strive to give their all to their students, staff, families and community members on a daily basis, and we are so proud of the work they are doing in our schools.”


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As for the teacher of year, First Year Teacher of the Year, and Giving Even More honor court members, Chief Officer of Human Resources and Administration Jennifer Hart said the school district is very appreciative of the faculty members who were named finalists.

“We are incredibly proud of our Stars of Public Education honor court nominees,” Hart said. “These employees work tirelessly to provide premier 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 honor court for First Year Teacher of the Year features 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 honor court includes Randi Mitchell (Mossy Creek Elementary School), Shannon Boatwright (Jefferson Elementary School), Hope Mullins in the Division of Human Resources and Administration, Ashley Bodine in the Division of Instruction and Tfifany Palmer (Kennedy Middle School) .

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