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CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR FINALIST PROFILE: In-School Suspension Supervisor Goes for the Gold Every Day at Dreher

Chryssandra HiresA former Olympian in handball, Chryssandra Hires is accustomed to recognition, but being named Dreher High School’s 2022-2023 Classified Employee of the Year has special significance for her.

“I do my best for my school every day,” she said. “I am honored that my peers feel the same way.”

Hires, the in-school suspension (ISS) supervisor at Dreher, is one of six school-level Classified Employees of the Year who are in the running for the district-level distinction.

Dreher Principal Dr. Kevin Hasinger said Hires serves as the co-chair for school safety and security. While that may not fit the traditional job description for an ISS supervisor, he said it’s the only way to capture the full scope of Hires’ responsibilities.

“Ms. Hires completes the tasks assigned to the job description of ISS supervisor. Additionally, she works closely with our transportation and child nutrition program to ensure students receive safe school bus transportation and have appropriate time to receive both breakfast and lunch as needed,” said Dr. Hasinger, who lauds Hires for consistently performing her duties with excellence and optimism.

Hires also serves as a mentor to many of the students, he added.

“She is the type of employee that you can always count on being where she needs to be and doing what she needs to be doing,” said Dr. Hasinger. “Her initiative is outstanding, often taking care of tasks before being asked to do so, simply because she saw a need for it to be accomplished.”

The two-time Olympian started working in Richland One in 2014 as a substitute teacher and, in 2015, she became a permanent sub. Prior to her current position, she was a classroom monitor.

Hires specifically chose Columbia, South Carolina and Dreher based on recommendations from family members who lived in the city. A door opened for her to join the Dreher team after she enrolled her children and became involved in their education. Now, Hires and those with whom she works, function as a family.

“We support and encourage each other daily to make this a happy place to work,” Hires said.

The new Richland One Classified Employee of the Year will be announced May 27 during the district’s Celebration 2022 employee recognition event.