Union Daily Times

‘Excited to begin this journey’

UNION COUNTY — The new Administrative Assistant at Sims Middle School brings nearly 20 years of experience as a teacher in the Union County School District to the position.

At its June meeting on Monday, June 25, the Union County Board of School Trustees voted unanimously to approve changes in administrative personnel at four of the district’s six schools for the 2018-2019 school year.

The changes included the appointment of Jennifer Step as the new Administrative Assistant at Sims Middle School.

Stepp is a graduate of Union High School who continued her education at the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She later furthered her education at Converse College where she earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and also earned a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision.

For the past 19 years Stepp has been educator with the Union County School District teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades at Buffalo Elementary School as well as 6th grade Math, Science, and Social Studies at Sims.

Stepp is married is Jeff Stepp, who is an Assistant Principal at Union County High School. The couple have a daughter, Kailee, who is a rising senior at UCHS.

As for her new responsibilities as a school administrator, Stepp said “I am so excited to begin this journey as the new Sims Middle School Administrative Assistant.”

Other Changes

In addition to appointing Stepp Administrative Assistant, the board also approved the appointment of Dr. Latunya Means from Cherokee County as the new Principal for Sims Middle School succeeding Eric Childers; former Physical Education Teacher Rocky Cooper as Assistant Principal succeeding Amber Comer; and Andrew Ormand as Business Teacher and Coach.

The board also approved administrative changes at Buffalo Elementary School, Foster Park Elementary School, and Union County High School.

At Buffalo Elementary School, former Director of Adult Education Jarrett Pendergrass was appointed Assistant Principal succeeding Jason Koepke.

At Foster Park Elementary School, Jason Koepke was appointed Principal while Dr. Fran Adams from Georgia was appointed Assistant Principal succeeding Dr. Erica Murdaugh.

At Union County High School, former Instructional Coach Ken Ellis was appointed Assistant Principal succeeding Dennis Cooper; former English Teacher Renee Rogers was appointed Instructional Coach succeeding Ellis.

The board made no admisnistrative changes at Monarch Elementary School and Jonesville Elementary/Middle School for the 2018-2019 school year.

Stepp named Administrative Assistant at Sims

By Charles Warner


Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.