An Okatie Elementary School kindergarten assistant was named May 24 as the Beaufort County School District’s 2019 Support Person of the Year. The selection of Kari Dollar was announced at a breakfast recognizing schools’ individual honorees.

Dollar is completing her second year as a kindergarten assistant at Okatie Elementary, where she helps students with their math, reading and writing skills, helps with overall classroom management and works behind the scenes to help keep the school running smoothly.

“Kari is a very genuine and dedicated person,” said Okatie Elementary Principal Jamie Pinckney. “She’s kind, patient, generous, smart and organized, and nobody is going to out-work her.”

Dollar said she was surprised and excited by the announcement. “What an honor to be chosen to represent support staff across our entire district,” Dollar said. “We’re blessed with lots of wonderful employees who also deserve this recognition. This is a great place be.”

In addition to her regular job responsibilities, Dollar stays active in church activities and animal welfare efforts. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in animal nutrition.

Pinckney said Dollar was active in Okatie Elementary’s PTO and School Improvement Council when her two children were students there, and now that her children attend May River High, she is active in that school’s PTO and SIC.