Fort Mill School District
2233 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29715
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2019-2020 Teacher and Support Staff of the Year
District Selects 2019-2020 District Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Employee of the Year
Posted on 09/12/2019

At the school board meeting held Tuesday, September 10, the district announced the selection of the 2019–2020 District Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Employee of the Year.

Pleasant Knoll Middle School Director of Bands Brandon Sanders has been selected as the 2019–2020 District Teacher of the Year. Sanders has worked in education for 10 years. He joined the Fort Mill School District in 2014 as the Band Director at Springfield Middle School and Assistant Marching Band Director at Nation Ford High School. He then became the Band Director at Pleasant Knoll Middle School while assisting the Fort Mill High School Marching Band.

Sanders has received the S.C. Band Directors Association’s Annual Outstanding Performance Award (2011–2019) and the S.C. Music Educators Association Outstanding Young Music Educator Award (2015).

He attributes his love of teaching to the impact of his fifth grade English teacher Mrs. Cozart whose actions and words triggered the drive to succeed.

“This teacher cared and sparked the focus to accept my military childhood, always try my best, and strive for success and passion,” said Sanders in his professional biography. “This awakened my heart to teaching and fed my desire to help others receive Mrs. Cozart’s same message through music. I yearned to be a caring teacher that motivated others to pursue their passions and invest in their personal best.”

Sugar Creek Technology Assistant Kim Deaton was selected as the 2019–2020 District Support Staff Employee of the Year. Her role as a Technology Assistant plays a vital part in the daily education of students. Deaton provides support to the faculty, staff, parents and students by troubleshooting computers, smartboards, mobile devices and any other form of technology so that students and teachers can work seamlessly throughout the day. She also serves as the Sugar Creek Webmaster in addition to her daily duties.

“There is nothing more satisfying in the world than being able to help others,” said Deaton. “Spending the day solving problems for our staff, students and parents so that their days are a bit easier makes my job worthwhile.”

“We are very proud to award these honors to Brandon and Kim,” said Superintendent Chuck Epps. “Their commitment to education and the students, parents and staff they serve is outstanding, and we look forward to having them represent our district in the coming year.”

Both Sanders and Deaton won a prize pack with cash and prizes courtesy of South State Bank, Jostens, and Leroy Springs & Co. Sanders was given a car to use for a year, thanks to Stateline Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram. 

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