Meet our Administrators

  • Mr. Vernon Sava, Principal

    This is Mr. Sava’s 4th year serving as the Principal of Dutch Fork Middle School and his 8th year as a school administrator.  Prior to serving as an administrator, Mr. Sava taught at St. Andrews Middle School in Richland One for two years, and Dutch Fork Middle School for six years.  Shortly after being named the 2012-2013 Dutch Fork Middle School Teacher of the Year,  Mr. Sava was promoted to an Assistant Principal at Dutch Fork Middle and then later transferred to Irmo Middle School.  Mr. Sava credits the accomplishments of Dutch Fork Middle School to the long history of professionals that work or have worked at Dutch Fork, along with the amazing students, and supportive parents and community.
      • University of South Carolina, Bachelor of Arts, Geography (2003)
      • University of South Carolina, Master of Teaching, Secondary Education (2004)
      • Capella University, Master of Science in Education, Leadership in Educational Administration (2009)


    Mr. Sava enjoys spending time with his wife, Michelle, and his three children, Allison, Kaylee, and Blake.  When time permits, Mr. Sava enjoys reading, hiking, camping, bowling, and binge-watching Netflix.


  • Mrs. Tara Safriet, API



    This is Mrs. Safriet's 26th year in School District Five.  She joins the Dutch Fork Middle School family with 7 years of administrative experience as Assistant Principal for Instruction at CrossRoads Intermediate.  Prior to an administrative role, Mrs. Safriet taught pre-algebra for 13 years at CrossRoads. During that time she became National Board Certified in Early Adolescent Mathematics. Additionally, she has teaching experience at Chapin Middle and River Springs Elementary.  
    Clemson University - Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education -1994
    University of South Carolina -  Master of Education in Educational Administration - 2009  
    Mrs. Safriet enjoys spending time with her family.  She loves to cook and garden in her spare time.

  • Mr. Brandon Gantt, Assistant Principal
    Mr. Gantt is coming to Dutch Fork Middle School by way of Dutch Fork Elementary School Academy of Environmental Sciences where he served the previous 3 years as Assistant Principal. Prior to that, Mr. Gantt served as the Administrative Assistant Principal at Nursery Road Elementary School, and 5th grade teacher at Seven Oaks Elementary School Media Magnet. Before Lexington Richland 5, Mr. Gantt taught elementary grades in Richland One as well as middle school grades in Newberry County.

    • Newberry College, Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood & Elementary Education (2010)
    • Walden University, Master of Business Administration (2012)
    • Southern Wesleyan University, Master of Education in Administration and Supervision (2016)
    • Walden University, Doctorate in Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (anticipated Fall 2020)

    Mr. Gantt enjoys spending time with his wife, Beatriz, and his four daughters, Lola, Ava, Nora, and Eliza as well as their bulldog, Rocky, and two cats: Stella and Apollo. He is a film buff (contemporary film) and partakes in screenwriting (when he finds time). Mr. Gantt enjoys trivia and learning random information from all sorts of places… Did you know physicists have slowed the speed of light to 38 miles per hour? The normal speed is about 186,000 miles per second.

  • Mrs. LuAnn Graul, Assistant Principal


    Mrs. Graul began her career as a fourth grade teacher in Aiken County.  She then moved to School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties.  She taught 7th grade mathematics for twenty-five years.



    University of South Carolina, Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies  (1992) 

    University of South Carolina, Master of Education in Elementary Education (1996)

    University of South Carolina, Master of Education in Educational Administration (2009)



    Mrs. Graul and her husband have four children.  William is a freshman at the University of South Carolina.  Eddy is a student at Dutch Fork High.  Lily and Riley are students at Dutch Fork Middle.  The Grauls have three dogs, a cat, a turtle, and two parakeets.  She enjoys reading in her spare time.  

Mr. Vernon Sava
Tara Safriet
Mr. Brandon Gantt
Mrs. LuAnn Graul