New Faces at STHS

New Faces at STHS
Posted on 09/23/2020
New Faces at STHS

New Faces at STHS

A new school year brings new students as well as new faculty.  Strom Thurmond High School’s newest educators took a moment to introduce themselves to our school community.

 In alphabetical order are the following: Shannon Agner, secretary to the STHS Athletic Director. Originally from McCormick, Mrs. Agner has for children, two that attend STHS. As a family, the Agners are huge sports enthusiasts enjoying travel softball, go-cart racing and hunt.

Another newcomer to Edgefield County is Lt. Charles F. Bayorek, SNSI (Senior Naval Science Instructor) with the NJROTC program.  A retired oncology Navy nurse, Lt. Bayorek and his family bought a small farm in Aiken County where they would love to grow fields of flowers. He loves to hunt, fish and spend time with his family. He and his family are delighted to be here.

Alexander Clark is our new band director at STHS and states that working in Edgefield County has many perks: a nice, supportive and fun staff! Mr. Clark hails from Lexington where he did private music lessons and marching band for Riverbluff High School while at the University of South Carolina.

To go along with the new Athletic Director’s secretary is our new Athletic Director, Drake Dunlap. Mr. Dunlap, during his first year here, taught U.S. History and will continue teach a few classes with his new position.  Of his new title, Coach Dunlap says, “I am humbled and honored for this opportunity.”

Misty Hinch came to Strom Thurmond all the way from Dallas, Texas to be with her two grandchildren who live in Edgefield County. As our newest learning strategies teacher, she loves to travel (Barcelona, Spain, her favorite), garden and give new life to old things, as in refurbish old furniture.

Before STHS, Emily Kayes taught Spanish at South Aiken High School. Graduating from to St. Bonaventure University, Olean, N.Y., she headed south and made her home Evans, G.A. In her spare time Ms. Kayes loves to run, go to the gym and be with her two pups, Sirius and Bellatrix. She loves that our school has small class sizes and finds the staff and faculty to be very encouraging.

New to the social studies department is Brandon Mauk.  Originally from New Jersey, Mr. Mauk has made South Carolina his home for the last eight years.  He claims, “I am getting used to the heat and humidity!”  In his spare time he likes to weight lift, root for the Yankees and play video games. His favorite:  Super Mario.

 Amanda Schilling has been teaching math eight years before she arrived in Edgefield County; four years in Batesburg-Leesville and, later, four years at A. L. Corbitt in Wagener.  After school you can find Ms. Schilling in the gymnasium assisting in Volleyball. Her free time is spent creating crafts, reading and hanging out with her black Labrador, Sadie.  Of STHS, she maintains that she has felt quite welcome here, that we seem like family.

Kimberly Teague is not a stranger to STHS, but has recently changed positions. Before going into the classroom this year, Mrs. Teague was the Athletic Trainer for the district.  Although she misses being outside for sports events, she feels there are many pluses of teaching indoors.  Mrs. Teague gave birth to her first child in January.

Welcome to all our new people at STHS! We are so pleased to have you join us!   
Pictured above:
From Left to right and top to bottom are: Lt. Charles Bayorek, NJROTC Instructor, Amanda Schilling, Math, Emily Kayes, Spanish, A.D. Drake Dunlap, Shannon Agner, A.D. Secretary, Alex Clark, Band, and Misty Hinch, Learning Strategies.

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