Back-to-School Celebration 2018

Back-to-School Celebration 2018
Posted on 08/17/2018
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Our teachers welcomed the start of the 2018-2019 school year hearing from two excellent guest speakers and celebrating the very best of our teachers and staff!

We're very grateful to Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Easley for allowing us to use their beautiful facility to recognize our Teachers of the Year and Support Employees of the Year!


Teacher of the Year - Amanda Wylie

Amanda WylieMrs. Wylie is a 4th grade math teacher at Six Mile Elementary School with 18 years of teaching experience--12 in her current position.

In recommending Mrs. Wylie for the award, one of her colleagues wrote: “Year after year, students leave fourth grade with a passion for not only the subject taught, but for school and for life itself! Amanda teaches way more math.  She teaches love, kindness, faith, forgiveness, fairness, and the list goes on and on. The amazing thing is that sometimes Mrs. Wylie teaches these things without saying a word.  She is the picture of what a real teacher is.” 

Her principal,  Melissa Terry, wrote, "As an administrator, when I go in for observations, it is so easy to become absorbed in her lessons.  I always think to myself, 'I really wish I could have had her as a teacher.'”


Support Employee of the Year – Daniel Durham

Daniel DurhamDaniel Durham is the Communication Technology Specialist in SDPC's Accountability & Information Technology Services Department. He has worked in SDPC for 24 years in roles including Bus Washer, Warehouseman, Electronics Technician, and Computer Technician.

In recommending Mr. Durham for the award, Barbara Nesbitt, SDPC's Director of Technology, wrote: “He deals with over 2,000 phones and voice mail accounts, nearly 1,600 cameras, plus paging consoles, microphones, audio amps and servers. He understands thousands of technical minutiae, yet somehow never makes me feel stupid when I ask him to draw me a picture so I can better understand his work.”

One of his colleagues wrote: “If you had to sum him up in one word, I think that word would be ‘faithful.’”


Special Guest Speaker – SC Teacher of the Year, Jeff Maxey

Jeff MaxeyJeff Maxey, the 2019 South Carolina Teacher of the Year, is a Special Education Resource Teacher at Starr Elementary School in Anderson District Three. He shared valuable, humorous insight with our teachers to remind them of why we do what we do as educators.


Keynote Speaker – Clemson University President, Dr. Jim Clements

Jim ClementsDr. Clements spoke to teachers both as an education leader in our community and as and SDPC parent. His affection and appreciation for educators was clear, and he received a standing ovation from our teachers after his remarks. His visit had extra significance as our new Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Wylie, is a Clemson University alumnus!