IRMO – Lexington-Richland School District Five announced its new Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year during a May 9 ceremony.
Ali Hendrick, a Dutch Fork High School social studies teacher, was named District Five’s 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year during the district’s Employee Recognition Program. Barrett Isbell, digital information specialist at the District Office, was named Support Employee of the Year. The district also recognized retirees during the event.
District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner said, “District Five is great because of the many caring and talented teachers and support staff we have in our schools, and Ms. Hendrick and Mr. Isbell represent the best of the best in our district. We congratulate them, and we thank our retirees for their hard work, dedication, and commitment over the years.”
Hendrick has served at Dutch Fork High School since August 2012. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina’s Honors College and has a master’s degree in teaching from the university. Prior to becoming a teacher at Dutch Fork High, Hendrick taught social studies at Mid-Carolina High School.
“I am so thankful for the opportunity to represent District Five,” Hendrick said. “Teachers in this district work hard every day to make sure our students are successful and I am so blessed to have the privilege to represent them. This community raised me, and I am truly humbled and honored by this recognition.”
Isbell has been with School District Five for five years. He received a bachelor’s degree in mass media communications from Anderson University. One of Isbell’s many duties with the district’s office of communications includes managing websites for schools and the district. He also assists with district training videos, stakeholder presentations and other communications tasks.
“It is such an honor to not only represent the District Office, but the whole district as Support Employee of the Year,” Isbell said “I’m very humbled that my peers think so highly of me and see this as validation of the work I do each day. We have a great district, and to represent all of our support employees is such a blessing.”