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Support Staff of the Year were recognized at a breakfast held at the Technical College of the Lowcountry’s Culinary Institute of the South. Photo courtesy of Beaufort County School District.

Elementary nurse named district’s 2022 ‘Support Staff of the Year’

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From staff reports

Mossy Oaks Elementary School’s nurse, Jodi Knorr, was named Tuesday, Sept. 26, as the Beaufort County School District’s 2022 “Support Staff of the Year.” Knorr’s selection was announced at a surprise visit to the school.

“I was very surprised,” Knorr said after the announcement. “I do my job like all of the other nurses and staff members in the district, so I feel very surprised and blessed. It makes me feel really good and like my hard work pays off because I really do like my job and I love these kids… I do my best every day to make sure everyone’s taken care of and safe and protected.”

Knorr was selected based on a support staff application consisting of essays describing one’s role within the district; how they contribute to student achievement; and how they inspire, motivate, challenge others, and encourage excellence.

Support staff constitutes various types of positions such as social workers, school nurses, bookkeepers, bus drivers, office managers, teacher assistants, school secretaries, and technology and data specialists.

Mossy Oaks’ Assistant Principal Whitney Harris said in a news release that Knorr is indispensable at their school.

“Nurse Knorr is an essential part of Mossy Oaks; she’s here for students, she’s here for staff. She’s here to help our kids when there’s a boo-boo,” Harris said. “She’s an essential part and we wouldn’t be what we are without her.”

Knorr shared that professional school nurses are present for more than handing out ice packs and band aids to students – they also teach staff and students about what to do in emergency situations, as well as provide students with a listening ear and undivided attention when needed.


School Support Staff of the Year

Battery Creek High School Quintin Moultrie, Media Assistant

Beaufort Elementary Shannon Switzer, Parent Liaison

Beaufort High School Christina Allen, School Nurse

Beaufort Middle School John Uhlman, Special Education Assistant

Beaufort-Jasper ACE Steve Bove, System Support Specialist

Bluffton Elementary Sharonne Allen, Social Worker

Bluffton High School Kathy Olson, Social Worker

Bluffton Middle School Debbie Cepollina, Administrative Assistant

Broad River Elementary Alicia Shaw, Kindergarten Assistant

Coosa Elementary Kimberly Fickes, School Nurse

H.E. McCracken Middle School Lisa Paquin-Groth, Office Manager

Hilton Head ECC Chris Ponsini, Kindergarten Assistant

Hilton Head Elementary Gayle Oslund, School Nurse

Hilton Head Island Creative Arts Judith Clouse, Office Manager

Hilton Head Island High DaisyDianne Morgan, Office Manager

Hilton Head Island Middle Stephanie Vanderpool, Office Manager

Joseph Shanklin Elementary Luann Jayne, Special Education Assistant

Lady’s Island Elementary Julie Riddle, Administrative Assistant

Lady’s Island Middle Tammy Smith, Bookkeeper

May River High School Melissa Halsey, Administrative Assistant

M.C. Riley Elementary Kevin Fulton, Behavior Management Specialist

Mossy Oaks Elementary Jodi Knorr, School Nurse

Okatie Elementary Kate Leighton, Behavior Management Specialist

Port Royal Elementary Holly Mehrer, School Nurse

Pritchardville Elementary Julie Houchin, Administrative Associate

Red Cedar Elementary Melody Wright, Kindergarten Assistant

Right Choices Onika Jaquese Wright, Behavior Management Specialist

River Ridge Academy Lindsay Catanzaro, Office Manager

Robert Smalls International Academy Raquel Hernandez Cardenas, Parent Liaison

St. Helena Elementary, ELC Rebekkah Mickel, School Nurse

Whale Branch Early College High School Sharika Green, Office Manager

Whale Branch Elementary, Davis ECC Shonda Royals, Office Manager

Whale Branch Middle Angela White, Social Worker

Adult Education Nykerria Aiken, Data/Laces Clerk

Transportation Kimiko Miller, Bus Driver

District Office Melissa Hibbs, Operations Specialist, Finance Department

Early Childhood Education Mayra Toro Baez, Parent Educator

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