Meet our Administrators


  • Mr. Vernon Sava, Principal

     
    EXPERIENCE:
    This is Mr. Sava’s 3rd 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.
      
    EDUCATION:
      • 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)

     

    INTERESTS:
    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

     

     EXPERIENCE:

    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.  
     
    EDUCATION:
    Clemson University - Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education -1994
    University of South Carolina -  Master of Education in Educational Administration - 2009  
     
    INTERESTS:
    Mrs. Safriet enjoys spending time with her family.  She loves to cook and garden in her spare time.

  • Mr. Bill Robinson, Assistant Principal
     

    EXPERIENCE:

    Prior to entering the field of public education Mr. Robinson served as a corporate officer at a national medical support service and an adjunct professor at Midlands Technical College. His career as a full-time educator began at Dutch Fork High School in 2007 where he worked as a Business Education teacher for 10 years.  While at Dutch Fork High School, he earned National Board Certification in Career and Technical Education in 2012.  Mr. Robinson is serving in his second year as an Assistant Principal at DFMS.

     

    EDUCATION:

    • North Greenville College, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (1999)
    • Winthrop University, Master of Business Administration (2001)
    • University of South Carolina, Master of Education in Educational Administration (2016)

     

    INTERESTS:

    Mr. Robinson enjoys spending time with his wife, Caroline, and their son, Will. He loves watching his son play soccer for South Carolina United FC.  He is an avid coffee drinker and enjoys cooking, working in the yard, fishing, and reading.

     

  • Mrs. LuAnn Graul, Assistant Principal

    EXPERIENCE:

    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.

     

    EDUCATION:

    Mrs. Graul has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina.  She also has a Master of Arts in Elementary Education and in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina.

     

    INTERESTS:

    Mrs. Graul and her husband Doug have four children.  William is a senior at Spring Hill High School. Eddy is a student at Dutch Fork High.  Lily and Riley are students at Dutch Fork Middle. The Grauls have three dogs, a guinea pig, a cat, a turtle, and three parakeets.  She enjoys reading in her spare time. 

Mr. Vernon Sava
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Mrs. LuAnn Graul