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Dale Link Named Teacher of the Year

posted May 18, 2017, 7:45 AM by Deb Wickliffe   [ updated May 24, 2017, 12:04 PM ]
Dale Link, from James M. Brown Elementary, was chosen as Teacher of the Year for 2017-2018 at the pinning ceremony that was held at the Walhalla High School auditorium on May 17.  Link began a Pilot Spanish Program at James M. Brown Elementary this year.

"We are meeting a critical need here at JMS with the Spanish enrichment program.  English-speaking children are trying out their Spanish with me in the hallway, at car loading and unloading, and in the cafeteria.  The Hispanic community is appreciative of what we are doing at JMB; they love how it has brought a measure of family pride to their children," said Link. 

"Walking into his classroom is like walking into an instructional wonderland!  The students may be working on an integrated unit, singing songs, reading a book in Spanish, or writing a letter to a friend in Spanish," said Ashley Robertson, principal at James M. Brown.  "Not only is Mr. Dale a great representative of highly effective teachers, but he is also the perfect representative of James M. Brown and SDOC."

As the district’s teacher of the year, Link will receive $1,000 along with an all-expense paid trip to a national conference of his choice.

The top four finalist for the Teacher of the Year were Greg Bearden, Fred P. Hamilton Career Center; Cynthia Carlisle, Oconee Academy; Melanie Myers, Seneca Middle School, and Dale Link, James M. Brown Elementary.  Each of the three runners-up will receive a check for $250.00.

Olivia Timms, Blue Ridge Elementary was also recognized as the 2017-18 Support Employee of the Year, and Julie-ann Shannon, respresenting Walhalla Middle and Walhalla High was named the 2017-18 Volunteer of the Year.  Timms will received a check for $250.00 and Shannon a gift card.

Listed below are the winners from each of the SDOC school locations for 2017-18.

 Teachers of the Year  Support Employees of the Year  Volunteers of the Year
 Ginger Hunt 
 Blue Ridge Elementary 
 Olivia Timms 
 Blue Ridge Elementary
 Grace Underwood
 Blue Ridge Elementary
 Tammie Pumphrey 
 Fair-Oak Elementary
 Kathy Moss 
 Fair-Oak Elementary
 Saralyn Wolf 
 Fair-Oak Elementary
 Dale Link 
 James M. Brown Elementary
 JoAnn Cannon 
 James M. Brown Elementary
 Calvin Williams
 James M. Brown Elementary
 Kristin Alexander 
 Keowee Elementary
 Connie Hall 
 Keowee Elementary
 Melanie Holcombe
 Keowee Elementary
 Johnna Connolly 
 Northside Elementary
 Gena Hawkins 
 Northside Elementary
 David Teat
 Northside Elementary
 Anna Sheriff 
 Orchard Park Elementary
 Debbie Sloan 
 Orchard Park Elementary
 Lynn H. Owen 
 Orchard Park Elementary
 Jennifer Steele 
 Ravenel Elementary
 Sandra Lyle 
 Ravenel Elementary
 Will Parker
 Ravenel Elementary
 Amanda Holden 
 Tamassee-Salem Elementary
 Jackie Holcombe
 Tamassee-Salem Elementary
 Shalana Pitts
 Tamassee-Salem Elementary
 Lisa Jensen 
 Walhalla Elementary
 Nickie King 
 Walhalla Elementary
 Leighann Sherman 
 Walhalla Elementary
 Nikki Rowland 
 Westminster Elementary
 Tracy Stancil
 Westminster Elementary
 Kay Jones
 Westminster Elementary
 Melanie Myers 
 Seneca Middle
 Sandy Bay 
 Seneca Middle
 Ida Harrison 
 Seneca Middle
 Sarah Rochester 
 Walhalla Middle
 Regina Oliver
 Walhalla Middle
 Julie-ann Shannon 
 Walhalla Middle
 Kristy Hood 
 West-Oak Middle
 Teresa Cobb 
 West-Oak Middle
 Lori Dobbins 
 West-Oak Middle
 Michelle Williams 
 Seneca High
 Tony Daniels
 Seneca High
Dr. Bob Green 
Seneca High
 Jason Moss 
 Walhalla High
 Doug Williams
 Walhalla High
Julie-ann Shannon
 Walhalla High
 Tracey Stanton 
 West-Oak High
 Sean Williams
 West-Oak High
 Diana Kreuzberger
 West-Oak High School
 Greg Bearden 
 Fred P. Hamilton Career Center
 Andrea Pate
 Fred P. Hamilton Career Center
Debbie Etherington
Fred P. Hamilton Career Center
Cynthia Carlisle 
 Oconee Academy
 Stacy Frick
 Oconee Academy
Howard Syck 
Oconee Academy
 Melissa Williams 
 Oconee Adult Education 
  Cindy Loggins
 Oconee Adult Education
Ed Shelton
 Oconee Adult Education 
 
Shannon Broom
   District Office
 
 
 Kevin Talley
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