Sumter County Schools April 2022 Board Recognition Program
Sumter County Schools April 2022 Board Recognition Program
Mr. Walter Knighton, Superintendent of Sumter County Schools, is proud to announce the April 2022 "Teachers and Parents in Support of Students” Board Recognition Program honorees from Sumter County Primary School. Dr. Renee Mays, principal chose to recognize the following: Student – Madisyn Jordan, Nutrition Staff Member – Linda Jones; Custodian – Barbara Ferguson; Support Staff – Yolynda Sanford; Parent Volunteer – Dwight Harris; Paraprofessional – Bridget Stevenson; and Teacher – Katie Cason
Sumter County Primary School’s outstanding student, Madisyn Jordan, is the daughter of Ms. Yolanda Jordan and Mr. Brandon Sims. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Caroline Jordan. She has two brothers and one sister. They attend Sumter County Intermediate and Middle School. Madisyn is a first grade student in Mrs. Archina McRae’s class at SCPS and a member of the upcoming 2033 Graduating Class of Sumter County High School. Presently, Madisyn has read over 200 books and earned more than 100 Accelerated Reader points. She likes working in small groups because she enjoys being with her teacher and this makes her happy. Madisyn enjoys going outside and smelling the fresh air and looking at beautiful flowers. Madisyn dreams of owning her own bakery and baking cakes and cupcakes. She wants her dream to become true so she plans to work hard in school. Madisyn’s goal is to get smarter and smarter. We know that in a few years that we will visit her bakery and enjoy her delicious cakes and cupcakes
Sumter County Primary School’s nutrition staff prepares over 1500 meals each day and almost 700 nutritious snacks, which is done in a short time span. The school has an excellent team that is led by our Cafeteria Manager, Ms. Sarah Slappey. SCPS selected Ms. Linda Jones as the outstanding Nutrition Staff Member. Ms. Jones is friendly and interacts with the faculty, staff, and students in a loving and pleasant manner each and every day. Ms. Jones has worked in the Sumter County School System for over 26 years. She began working at SCPS in January of 2000 when the school opened. She is the only remaining member of the original team. When Mrs. Jones is not working, she enjoys shopping and traveling. She is the mother of Shantresa Wilson and Rashun Jones and has one granddaughter, Ivianna Wilson, a Sumter County Elementary ALL-Star Student. Ms. Jones and her children are all graduates of the Sumter County School System.
Sumter County Primary School’s outstanding custodian is Mrs. Barbara Ferguson. She has worked with the Sumter County School System for over seven years. She lives in Ellaville and attended Tri-County High School. On a personal note, Mrs. Ferguson is the mother of two sons, Eric Clark and Jadarius Ferguson, and she has seven grandchildren. She enjoys eating at Soul Food Restaurants, attending her church, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and shopping at her favorite online shop, COACH.com. SCPS selected Mrs. Ferguson as our outstanding custodian because she does her job with a smile, has a pleasant personality and her area is always clean and orderly. We appreciate Mrs. Ferguson for keeping our learning environment safe and clean.
Sumter County Primary School’s outstanding support staff, Mrs. Yolynda Sanford, is the data clerk at SCPS. She works in the front office and wears many hats. Dr. Mays added, “And might I add, she wears all the hats very well.” Her pleasant personality radiates in the office and throughout the school. She has been employed with Sumter County School System for over 15 years. She is married to Mr. Willie Sanford. They are the parents of two sons, Javoris and Aiden Sanford and a forever daughter, Nekyvia Sanford, and one granddaughter, Airyn. Mrs. Sanford and Mr. Sanford and their children are all graduates of the Sumter County School System. She and her sons played basketball for Sumter County Schools. During her free time, she enjoys shopping and spending time with her family. Dr. Mays concluded, “We appreciate you for taking care of the faculty and staff at SCPS.”
Sumter County Primary School’s outstanding parent volunteer, Mr.Dwight Harris. Mr. Harris has played many roles in his life. Dr. Mays noted that one of her favorite roles is when he serves as the “REAL SANTA CLAUS” of Sumter County Primary School. Mr. Harris adorned his Santa Suit and was photographed over 500 times this past holiday season. The pictures were so popular that the staff had to add extra days to accommodate parent and student requests. He will also be on duty as the “REAL Easter BUNNY” of Sumter County Primary School. Mr. Harris has also been instrumental in serving as a mentor for the students. On many occasions, he is called to assist with some friendly reminders for students that are on his basketball, football, soccer, of baseball youth teams at the Sumter County Recreation Department. Mr. Harris is a “ONE CALL, THAT’S ALL” person. After the call, he does not have to return. On a personal note, Mr. Harris is a graduate of Americus High School. He is married to Mrs. Victoria Harris, former teacher, assistant principal, an associate Superintendent of Sumter County Schools. They have one son, Dwight Harris, Jr.
Sumter County Primary School’s outstanding paraprofessional, Mrs. Bridget Stevenson. She is truly one of a kind and has been with the Sumter County School System for over 25 years. Mrs. Stevenson has a passion for cooking, it’s her ministry. This year we were low on funds for our traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. Mrs. Stevenson expressed that she wanted to bring a few snacks for our faculty and staff. However, on the day of the meal she prepared a full course meal for every member of our staff (115 members) and may I add it was simply delicious as usual. She also prepares weekly surprises for our faculty and staff. Cooking is not her only passion. She is a FASHION DIVA and an accomplished singer. She sings weekly at her church, Zion Hope Sumter City. Mrs. Stevenson is married to Mr. Randy Stevenson, Sr. They are the parents of Jasmine and Randy Jr. and the they have four grandchildren. Both of her children are Sumter County High School graduates.
Sumter County Primary School’s outstanding teacher, Ms. Katie Cason was selected as the. Dr. Mays stated, “Ms. Cason and I have something in common. We attended the same school a few years ago, she was in Second Grade, and I was a third grade teacher at Sumter County Elementary. Each day as a little girl Ms. Cason, wore pretty dresses and had a hair bow to match. She was and still is simply adorable. We have come full circle, because now we work on the same team.” Mrs. Cason is a 1999 graduate of Sumter County Comprehensive High School and has worked in our school system for over 17 years. She is partnered with Mrs. Angelia Garcia and they have worked together in Pre-K for over 17 years. They are truly a TEAM. Ms. Cason is a phenomenal teacher. She does an excellent job with preparing our students for Kindergarten and life. A walk in her classroom is a journey into a true learning environment. Mrs. Cason is the mother of one son, Caiden. She is the daughter of Mrs. Glenda Cason. Mrs. Cason who worked in the Sumter County School System as a teacher and counselor for over 35 years.
Pictured left to right: Superintendent Walter Knighton, SCPS Principal Dr. Renee Mays, Linda Jones, Dwight Harris, Archina McRae, Madisyn Jordan, Yolynda Sanford, Barbara Ferguson, Assistance Principal Jeffrey Boges, Katie Cason, and Bridget Stevenson