COLUMBIA, SC – Richland One honored some of the district’s most dynamic and dedicated employees on May 8 during Celebration 2014, the district’s annual employee recognition banquet.
Daniel Oddo, a mathematics teacher at Dreher High School, was named the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year. Elouise Harris, a SucessMaker lab manager at E. E. Taylor Elementary School, was selected as the 2014-2015 Classified Employee of the Year.
Oddo, a National Board-certified educator, has taught at Dreher for seven years. His 20 years of experience in the field of education includes school administration. In 2007 he returned to the classroom with a desire to make a greater impact on students. Students taught by Oddo consistently have high passage rates on state standardized tests. “I greatly enjoy seeing all my students excel, particularly students who have struggled with mathematics in their past,” said Oddo.
As the SuccessMaker lab manager for the last 19 years, Elouise Harris strives to help her students at E.E. Taylor improve their reading and math skills by at least one grade level. “I’ve always loved working with kids and making them better students,” said Harris. She believes the colorful decorations and beautiful plants adorning the lab, along with a caring spirit, help to create an environment conducive to learning.
Daniel Oddo; Elouise Harris
Celebration 2014 also honored retiring employees, who represent a combined 2,122 years of service to Richland One. Marsha Shaw, a Lewis Greenview Elementary School teacher who has worked in Richland One for 44 years, was honored for being the employee retiring this year with the most years of service to the district.