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District Honors Retirees During June 1 Celebration

Orangeburg County School District (OCSD) honored retiring employees in an evening celebration held at The Cinema on June 1, 2021. The event honored retirees from both the current school year, 2020-2021, as well as those who retired last year, 2019-2020,  but were unable to be officially celebrated because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, the District recognized 63 employees, honoring their combined total of 1,521 years of dedicated service to Orangeburg County students and stakeholders.

Among the retirees were cherished faculty and staff who have positively impacted public education for decades. Leading them in years of service are Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School receptionist Katherine Waymer (47 years), Lake Marion High School bus driver Edward Washington (42 years), Holly Hill Elementary teacher assistant Margaret Jacqueline Guess (39 years), Edisto Elementary building supervisor Sonny Davis (36 years), and William J. Clark Middle School nurse Judy Carr (35 years).

“Education is about academics yes, but it is primarily about love,” Dr. Shawn Foster, OCSD’s Superintendent commented at the event. “Every day that you got up is because you wanted a young individual like myself to have an opportunity. That’s who you are, that’s what you do, and that is why this community has become what it has become.”

OCSD wishes the following employees the absolute best in their retirement and will always be grateful for the many years of loyal service to our students and community.

2019-2020 Retirees
Willa Dean Anderson, Holly Hill Elementary School, 27 years of service
Mary Bell, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School, 30 years of service
Carol Connor, Sheridan Elementary School, 34 years of service
Sonny Davis, Edisto Elementary School, 36 years of service
Teressa S. Ford, Edisto Elementary School, 30 years of service
Linda Gordon, William J. Clark Middle School, 28 years of service
Shahana Hasan, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, 23 years of service
Michelle Thomas Hughes, Edisto Elementary School, 30 years of service
George Landrum, Branchville Middle/High School, 29.5 years of service
Shamain Michelle Mack Johnson, Bethune-Bowman Middle/High School, 29 years of service
Dorothy Minor, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, 21 years of services
Karen Mitchell, William J. Clark Middle School, 25 years of service
Bernay Nimmons, North Middle/High School, 28 years of service
Kristi Ott, Holly Hill Elementary School, 28 years of service
Daisy Randolph, East Transportation, 29 years of service
Janice Rivers, District Office, 13 years of service
Robin Shuler-Chinners, Marshall Elementary School, 29 years of service
Edward Washington, Lake Marion High School, 42 years of service
Bobby Watson, Holly-Hill Roberts Middle School, 30 years of service
Betty Ann White, St. James-Gaillard Elementary School, 22 years of service
Valeria Wilson, Marshall Elementary School, 28 years of service
Ruthie Marie Wise, North Middle/High School, 31 years of service

2020-2021 Retirees
Linda Aiken, North Middle/High School, 34 years of service
Lorene Williams Ammonds, Dover Elementary School, 8 years of service
Leonard Anderson, Lake Marion Technology Center, 21 years of service
Jessie Bell, North Middle/High School, 17 years of service
Barbara Jean Bookhardt, Vance-Providence Elementary School, 29 years of service
Regina Bryant, Central Area, 15 years of service
Judy Carr, William J. Clark Middle School, 35 years of service
Janice G. Carrigg, District Office, 28 years of service
Sandra Chester-Carr, Mellichamp Elementary School, 28 years of service
Elizabeth Clark, North Middle/High School, 24 years of service
Robert Crane, Edisto High School, 31 years of service
Mary C. Crosby, Branchville Middle/High School, 5 years of service
Earllene Daniels, Central Transportation, 19 years of service
Theresa Elmore, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, 24 years of service
Joyce Foxworth, Lockett Elementary School, 8 years of service
Sabrina Fridie, District Office, 29 years of service
Cynthia Funderburg, Marshall Elementary School, 27 years of service
Margaret Jacqueline Guess, Holly Hill Elementary, 39 years of service
Cora Holman, Vance-Providence Elementary School, 14 years of service
Donna Holman, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, 30 years of service
Chinyeaka N. Ihekweazu, Whittaker Elementary School, 30 years of service
Diana Jackson, North Middle/High School, 30 years of experience
Basil Karriem, Brookdale Elementary School, 17 years of service
Cathy S. Kinsey, Brookdale Elementary School, 9 years of service
Flossie Mack, St. James-Gaillard Elementary School, 10 years of service
Cynthia Mack-Brown, Whittaker Elementary School, 29 years of service
Shirley Mount, District Office, 29 years of service
Deborah Mumpower, Branchville High School, 9 years of service
Henrietta Murph, Marshall Elementary School, 23 years of service
Rhonda Polin, Robert E. Howard Middle School, 4 years of service
Barbara Sellers, Central Transportation, 8 years of service
Shari Stackhouse-Mosley, St. James-Gaillard Elementary School, 7 years of service
Elizabeth N. Tritapoe, Branchville High School, 8 years of service
LeAnne Troutman, Holly Hill Elementary School, 28 years of service
Katherine Waymer, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, 47 years of service
Helen White, Lake Marion High School, 30 years of service
Deirdre Inabinet Williams, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Elementary School, 30 years of service
Orlena Yon, Central Transportation, 8 years of service
Tara Yongue, Carver-Edisto Middle School, 30 years of service
Valerie Zachary, Bethune-Bowman Elementary School, 28 years of service
Rose Zeigler, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, 19 years of service

Below are just a few of the photos taken that evening.

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You can also view the article in the T&D here.