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Honor Roll Teachers Announced

During the 2022 Teacher of the Year celebration held Thursday, April 7, at the Fort Mill District Training Facility, the district announced the five District Honor Roll Teachers of the Year. In alphabetical order they are:

 Mandy DeMeio, Literacy Coach, Riverview Elementary: Ms. DeMeio graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary/Early Childhood Education and received her Masters of Teaching/Teaching Leadership from National University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and a STAR Renaissance Distinguished Educator. Ms. DeMeio serves as a PLC Leader and a facilitator for the RVES ELA Vertical Team.

Rebecca Lipps, Art Teacher, Springfield Middle: Ms. Lipps graduated from Xavier University with a bachelor’s degree and received her Master of Fine Arts and ESOL certification from Winthrop University. She serves as a mentor teacher, a team PLC leader, and she has previously served as the district’s arts facilitator for the OEC conference.  

Kimberly Long, Special Settings, Springfield Elementary: Ms. Long is a graduate of University of South Carolina, where she received her Bachelor of Arts and her Masters plus 30. She is a lead teacher, providing support for instruction and IEP development across the district as well as leading monthly PLCs for level three special education teachers. Ms. Long is also a National Board Certified teacher.

Meredith McDowell, Second grade, Pleasant Knoll Elementary: Ms. McDowell graduated from Erskine College with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Columbia College. She is a leadership team member for the SC Department of Education’s Collective Leadership Training, a grade level chair, and a mentor for induction and preservice teachers.

Shannon Pruitt, Special Settings, Orchard Park Elementary: Ms. Pruitt is a graduate of Clemson University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Multi-Categorical Special Education and a certificate in Elementary Education. She is currently working on a master’s degree from Clemson University in Special Education. Ms. Pruitt is a Special Settings Level Three Lead Teacher, a mentor teacher, and part of the Social Emotional Leadership Team at Orchard Park.

“Our Teachers of the Year are terrific examples of the leadership and devotion to students that we see in our teachers throughout the district,” said Superintendent Chuck Epps. “Our Honor Roll teachers represent some of the best and the brightest of a truly extraordinary group.”

These five Honor Roll Teachers will now be in consideration for the 2022 District Teacher of the Year which will be selected at the start of the 2022–2023 school year.