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School District Five names 2024-2025 Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year

School District Five names 2024-2025 Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year

For Immediate Release – May 13, 2024

School District Five names 2024-2025 Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year

IRMO – Lexington-Richland School District Five announced its new Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year during a May 16 ceremony.

Alyssa Powers, a fifth grade teacher at Oak Pointe Elementary School, was named School District Five’s 2024-2025 Teacher of the Year during the district’s Employee Recognition Program. Cissy Graham, a computer lab assistant at Dutch Fork Elementary School, was named 2024-2025 Support Employee of the Year.

School District Five Superintendent Dr. Akil Ross said, “To be able to celebrate education and our Teachers of the Year and our Support Employees of the Year tonight is a recognition to our community that shows how important our staff is to the vision of our district and that is to “Love and Grow Our Students.” All of our honorees are winners and are a great representation of our district and the fine profession of education.”

Powers has served at Oak Pointe Elementary School since 2022.  She began her teaching career in 2020. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina, and will graduate with her a masters degree in Language and Literacy from USC in the fall.

“I am just shocked and overwhelmed and feel to honored to be named School District Five Teacher of the Year,” Powers said. “I grew up in this district and I graduated in 2016 and to be here now eight years later is just incredible and something I never thought was a possibility. I am completely honored and so excited for this opportunity!”

Graham joined School District Five in 2019. Prior to joining the district, she worked in the education field in Charlotte, NC. 

“I can’t even put into words how being named School District Five Support Employee of the Year means to me,” Graham said. “I am just so excited right now and look forward to sharing the important role that Support Employees play in the district with the community.”

Powers and Graham were chosen by a committee after being named Honor Roll finalists in both categories.  Along with Powers, Becca Magni from Piney Woods Elementary and Glenna Shealy from Dutch Fork Elementary were named as Teacher of the Year finalists.  Holley Barfield from Chapin High and Heather Woods from Piney Woods Elementary accompanied Graham as finalists for the year’s District’s Support Employee of the Year.

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