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KCRC honors Beckham, Broughton and Hepfner at annual celebration ceremony

November 14, 2018

KCRC honors Beckham, Broughton and Hepfner at annual celebration ceremony

DME Principal Dr. Alison Hepfner and BES teacher Kayla Beckham. Blaney Elementary School (BES) second grade teacher Kayla Beckham and North Central High School (NCHS) English teacher Lana Broughton were named the 2018-19 Kershaw County Reading Teachers of the Year by the Kershaw County Reading Council last night. Doby's Mill Elementary (DME) Principal Allison Hepfner earned the award for Kershaw County Reading Administrator of the Year.

Each school in the district nominated a Reading Teacher of the Year who submitted an application and display board to be critiqued by external judges. The Administrator of the Year was nominated by someone at her school and selected based on how the administrator has inspired and implemented literacy in her school.

Beckham has been teaching for 11 years including third grade self-contained, fourth grade and currently second grade. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education and special education from North Georgia College and State University. She has endorsements in reading, math and ESOL. She has been selected as a teacher of the month as well as a Golden Apple honoree. She believes that it is her "responsibility to come up with creative activities that keep children engaged and instill a love of reading that will last them a lifetime."

North Central High School Teacher Lana Broughton Broughton has been teaching for 12 years, having taught in Lancaster County and now at her alma mater NCHS. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Winthrop University where she is currently completing her Master of Education degree in Literacy. She was a Celebrate Great Teaching nominee in Lancaster County and has received a Golden Apple honor while at NCHS. She believes that "literacy is teaching the whole, the parts and the heart."

This is Hepfner's first year as principal of DME, She served as the assistant principal of Camden Elementary School for two and a half years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Science degree from the University of Scranton and a Doctorate in Education degree from Liberty University.

Other nominees for the Reading Administrator honor were Lindsay Christofaro, Wateree Elementary Assistant Principal; Sherill Creel, Blaney Elementary Principal; Tammy Small, Pine Tree Hill Elementary Assistant Principal and Worth Thomasson, Lugoff-Elgin High Principal.

Congratulations to all KCSD school reading teachers of the year:

  • Baron DeKalb Elementary – Krystal Hayes
  • Bethune Elementary – Darlene Butler
  • Blaney Elementary – Kayla Beckham
  • Camden Elementary – Casey Snodgrass
  • Camden High – Laura Horton
  • Camden Middle – Cora Waterfield
  • Doby’s Mill Elementary – Jenny Corder
  • Jackson School – Kristen Dodson
  • Lugoff Elementary – Amy Altman
  • Lugoff-Elgin High – Melissa Rabon
  • Lugoff-Elgin Middle – Sharon Delaney
  • Midway Elementary – Kathy Wright
  • Mt. Pisgah Elementary – Martha Mason
  • North Central High – Lana Broughton
  • North Central Middle – April Garbade
  • Pine Tree Hill Elementary – Jacqueline Neal
  • Stover Middle – Olivia Stillwell
  • Wateree Elementary – Laresa Campbell

The Kershaw County Reading Council is an affiliate of the South Carolina International Reading Association and the International Reading Association. Professional educators, parents, college students and adults interested in promoting literacy are eligible to join.

Photo A: Doby's Mill Elementary School Principal Dr. Alison Hepfner (left) was recognized as the 2018-19 KCSD Reading Administrator of the Year and Blaney Elementary School teacher Kayla Beckham was recognized as the KCSD Elementary Reading School Teacher of the Year.

Photo B: North Central High School Teacher Lana Broughton was named as the KCSD Secondary Reading Teacher of the Year.

You can access photos of the Kershaw County Reading Council Banquet and all the honorees here.

Mary Anne Byrd
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