Celebrating Greenville County Schools 2024 Employees of the Year

June 26th, 2024 by Catherine James

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2024 marks the 21st year of the Employee Recognition Program that honors all categories of Greenville County Schools’ employees, sponsored by Greenville Federal Credit Union.

Greenville County Schools announced Employee of the Year Awards in six categories at the Salute to Education Banquet held Thursday, May 16, 2024. Greenville Federal Credit Union provided each winner with $500 and a special award. The credit union also awarded each winner’s school or department $500 so their colleagues can share in the honor.  Credit union COO Brian Sponaugle presented the awards to each of this year's recipients. 

Congratulations to these outstanding employees!

School Support Employee of the Year Award - Marcie Bunch, Secretary, Gateway Elementary School
Marcie embodies the very essence of dedication and service. Her unwavering presence at Gateway, coupled with her tireless commitment to going above and beyond, has made her the heartbeat of Gateway Elementary and a crucial liaison with staff, parents and community partners. With more than 24 years of selfless service, she has seamlessly orchestrated the operation of countless activities, including the afterschool program, demonstrating a steadfast dedication to both the school and the surrounding community. Marcie's positive attitude radiates through every task she undertakes, ensuring that all activities run smoothly and that the needs of the school are met without fail. 

District Support Employee of the Year - Tammi Whitehouse, Paralegal, Office of General Counsel
Tammi is a dedicated employee within our district who exemplifies the qualities of an outstanding team member. She is hardworking, knowledgeable, competent, and efficient. Her organizational skills ensure that legal matters are managed smoothly, contributing to the overall effectiveness of the legal department and the district. She provides invaluable support by offering legal guidance and policy insight, enriching the decision-making processes of school and district leaders. Beyond her professional abilities, she is personable and always willing to assist her colleagues.

Operations Employee of the Year - Teri Jeffcoat, Bus Driver, Taylors Bus Center
Teri has been driving the same route for Buena Vista Elementary School for the last seven years. Administrators say she is incredibly dedicated to her route and serves all her students in a caring and loving way. She knows all the children and their parents by name and ensures that safety is her top priority. She goes the extra mile to make sure her students are always happy, excited and eager to start their day of learning when they arrive at school.

Assistant School Administrator of the Year Award - Stephanie Smith, Assistant Principal, Mauldin High School
When asked what qualities make her outstanding, the principal said, “She is innovative, forward thinking, has a solid work ethic and gets buy-in from all stakeholders.” In her role as Assistant Principal, Stephanie has moved the Science Professional Learning Community from planning to true data analysis, and this is having a profound positive impact on student learning.  Mauldin High School recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, and Stephanie played a pivotal role in making it a success. She collaborated with multiple businesses, community partners and alumni to ensure it was a celebration of all things Mauldin High.

School Administrator of the Year - Beth Farmer, Principal, Westcliffe Elementary School
Beth exemplifies true student-centeredness, knowing each student personally, their family and their academic trajectory. She takes a proactive approach to student progress monitoring and is actively involved in Professional Learning Communities. She fosters an environment where teachers can meaningfully analyze data and meet each student’s individual needs. Mrs. Farmer demonstrates her commitment to maximizing teacher collaboration and efficacy. Her high expectations for student performance, coupled with a data-driven approach, inspire a culture of excellence where every child is believed to have the potential to succeed.

District Professional Employee of the Year - Amanda Dease, Benefits Services Coordinator, Payroll Department
Amanda is forward-thinking, a hard worker, caring and kind. She has worked to ensure the operation of benefits is efficient and welcoming. She goes above and beyond, even working outside of office hours as she supports district families who are going through the passing of an employee. Amanda makes decisions with the whole district in mind, and she makes everyone feel she has time for them. Her positivity is infectious, and she has created a service-oriented environment.

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