Four familiar faces at the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) will assume new roles to aid teachers in the integration and implementation of technology in learning for the 2019-20 school year.
“These veteran teachers have been selected as Technology Integration and Implementation Specialists (TIIS) who will provide training and best practices in software use and digital learning,” KCSD Executive Director of Educational Technology Services Dr. Isti Sanga said. “They have demonstrated their own in-depth knowledge of Instructional Technology and have strong communication skills so they will be great resources for our teachers. In addition, they are receiving special training this summer to prepare them to serve the KCSD learning community better.”
Sanga said that the new TIIS -- Betsy Burr, Nikki Ingram, Kristy McIntyre and Nicole Ritchie -- will serve as a liaison between schools and district technology initiatives. All four served as Technology Integration Specialists (TIS) last year where they provided professional development to their schools in addition to their classroom teaching responsibilities.
Burr has been a 1st Grade teacher at Jackson School since 2010 and served in the same role at Lugoff Elementary School for two years prior to that. She was Jackson’s Teacher of the Year in 2012.
Ingram has been a 7th Grade English Language Arts and social studies teacher at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (L-EMS) since 2016 and taught the same subjects at North Central Middle School (NCMS) for the previous 10 years. She was the 2019 L-EMS Teacher of the Year and the 2009 NCMS Teacher of the Year as well as the 2007 and 2008 NCMS Reading Teacher of the Year.
Ritchie taught 5th Grade at Midway Elementary School (MES) for five years and was at Pine Tree Hill Elementary School (PTHS) for the previous five years. She was 2015 MES Reading Teacher of the Year and the 2013 PTHS Teacher of the Year.
Dr. McIntyre has taught 5th Grade at Wateree Elementary School since 2015 and has taught in other school districts in South Carolina, Maryland and Pennsylvania. She was named the 2019 S.C. Primary Conservation Teacher of the Year.