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Anderson School District One Names Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019

 For Immediate Release

Anderson One

August 24, 2018


Anderson One teachers and administrators celebrated the first day back for employees on August 13, 2018 at the annual kick off meeting. Teachers were welcomed back at Wren High School by new Superintendent Robbie Binnicker.

Jane Harrison, Assistant Superintendent, recognized the district Teachers of the Year.  She shared during the ceremony, “These teachers represent Anderson One’s "tradition of excellence" in the classroom. It is an honor to be selected by your peers to serve in this prestigious role.”


 TOY Group



Cedar Grove Elementary

Lori Davis, 5th grade

Concrete Primary

Kala Goss, 2nd Grade

Hunt Meadows Elementary

Julianne Kaye, Librarian

Palmetto Elementary

Amanda Jarrard, ESL teacher

Powdersville Elementary

Rachel Wayne, 5th grade

Spearman Elementary

Katie Marler, 3rd grade

West Pelzer Elementary

Brooke Windham, 1st grade

Wren Elementary

Mary Gilstrap, 5th grade

Palmetto Middle

Aaron Winner, 6th grade

Powdersville Middle

Lori Randall, 6th grade

Wren Middle

Janice Webster, 8th grade

Palmetto High

Larsen Kiser, ELA

Powdersville High

Sarah Day, math

Wren High

Tamara Cox, Librarian



Ms. Harrison announced the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year:  Ms. Tamara Cox, librarian from Wren High School. “Ms. Cox is an outstanding librarian and very well deserving of this award. She not only serves students but she is equally beneficial to the teachers in the school providing continuous support. She has had a tremendous impact on the school. We are so happy to recognize her. She will represent us well at the state level.”

Mr. Binnicker also shared, “I am very proud of Mrs. Cox and the work that she has done throughout her career in Anderson School District One.  Her contributions to our technology initiatives and libraries have impacted students in very positive ways.  Tamara Cox is a wonderful advocate for students and will represent Anderson One extremely well.“

Ms. Cox had this to say, “I truly believe there isn't a student you wouldn't love if you could read their story. I try to embody that in the library at Wren High School by creating a library program that is welcoming and supportive to staff and students. Stories shape lives and change our world. My job as a school librarian is to share stories with my students. Stories that will make them think, ask questions, become more empathetic, informed, and aware. It is an honor to be recognized among such passionate educators and I'll do my best to represent the amazing students and teachers of Anderson One.“

Two finalists were also named: Kala Goss from Concrete Primary. She teaches second grade and Sarah Day, Powdersville High, teaching math.


Also introduced by Ms. Harrison was Anderson One’s Induction Teacher of the Year, Jordanne Harpster. She completed her first year of teaching last year at Wren Middle School and was named for her outstanding accomplishments academically.

Recognized during the opening were Support Staff Employees of the Year. These employees were selected by their peers at each individual school.


Cedar Grove

Anna Cadden, K4 Instructional Assistant


Kelli Eskew, Custodian

Hunt Meadows

Carmen Bailey, School Nurse

Palmetto Elem

Vickie Fullbright, Teacher Assistant

Powdersville Elem

Alisa Johnson, Cafeteria Manager

Spearman Elem

Glenda Allsep, Cafeteria Manager

West Pelzer Elem

Jennifer Consentino, Attendance Clerk

Wren Elem

Karen Fink, Kindergarten Assistant

Palmetto Mid

Erica Bruce, ISS Coordinator

Powdersville Mid

Ame Powers, Special Ed Teacher Assistant

Wren Mid

Kim Perry, Secretary

Palmetto High

Joan Plunkett, receptionist, retired

Powdersville High

Susan Callaham, Bookkeeper

Wren High

Julie Morgan, Cafeteria Manager


The 2018-2019 support person of the year was Susan Callaham, bookkeeper at Powdersville High School. She has worked in the district for 11 years.  She said, “I believe that support staff are in place to support both the teachers and the administrators working together to ensure effective school operations.”