Meet our Administrators


  • Mr. Vernon Sava, Principal

     
    EXPERIENCE:
    This is Mr. Sava’s 2nd year serving as the Principal of Dutch Fork Middle School and his 7th year as a school administrator.  Prior to serving as an administrator, Mr. Sava taught 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. Danielle Major-Murphy

     

    EXPERIENCE:

    Mrs. Major-Murphy is an experienced Administrator in Lexington Richland District Five.  She was an Assistant Principal at Irmo Middle for three years. Previously, she worked in Newberry County Schools for three years as an Assistant Principal at Newberry Middle School.  As a teacher, she taught business education at Chapin High School and Dutch Fork Middle School. She became a National Board Certified Teacher in Career & Technical Education in 2005.  Mrs. Major-Murphy has innumerable experiences related to student discipline, integrating research-based instructional practices with teachers, technology integration, and developing a school-wide culture of consistency and rigor at the middle level.  Additionally, she has several years of classroom experience in our district – thus, she is familiar with the structures and culture of excellence cultivated in District 5. Her knowledge of our school and district initiatives will be a great asset and allow us to maintain continuity at Dutch Fork Middle School.


    EDUCATION:

      • University of South Carolina, Bachelor of Science Degree in Management (1994)
      • Webster University, Master of Arts Degree in Human Resource Development (2000)
      • University of South Carolina, Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration (2010)
      • Walden University,  Educational Specialist Degree in Teacher Leadership (2011)


    INTERESTS:

    Mrs. Major-Murphy is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and enjoys doing community service projects with her sorority.  In addition, she enjoys activities that allow her to use her creative side like painting and interior design. Her favorite things to do are to spend time with her husband and three children, traveling and shopping.


  • Mr. Bill Robinson
     

    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

    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 student at Spring Hill High School. Eddy is a student at Dutch Fork Middle.  Lily and Riley are students at Crossroads Intermediate School. The Grauls have three dogs, two guinea pigs, a cat, a turtle, and five parakeets.  She enjoys reading in her spare time.

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Mrs. Danielle Major-Murphy
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Mr. Bill Robinson
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Mrs. LuAnn Graul