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Mrs. Karen Knight, 5K Assistant

over 2 years ago

By Virginia Fitzsimmons

Karen Knight

Hello, my name is Karen Knight.  I have work in the school district for approximately 15 years.  This is my second year as a Kindergarten assistant at Ford.  I really enjoy working with the Kindergarten children.

My husband and I have 2 sons, Kevin 24 and Ryan 23.  We enjoy different sports and we are Carolina fans.  I was born and raised in Laurens and attended Ford School.

I know we are going to have a great year!

Mrs. Crystal Byrd, Special Education Assistant

3 months ago

My name is Crystal Byrd. This is my 6th year as a teachers assistant at Ford.  I'm originally from Clinton, SC and I currently reside in Enoree.  I'm married to Roderick Byrd and together we have 5 children, Phonecia age 23, Shequela age 20, Christopher age 19, Jeilyn age 13, and Crysten age19; and one grandchild, Za'Riyah age 5.   We also have a fur baby named Rollie.  We love to travel to the beach every summer.

Mrs. Brandy Wzorek, Montessori Assistant

3 months ago

My name is Brandy Wzorek.  I am the In School Suspension Assistant.  I have been married to Chris Wzorek for 22 years and we have 4 children, Brandon age 21, Chance age 20, Mikaela age 16, and Callie age 10.  The two oldest are LDHS graduates and the 2 youngest attend Laurens District 55 schools.  We have 2 puppies and a 1 granddog.  I am originally from Greenville S.C. and moved to Laurens in 1997. 

I am certified in Applied Behavior Analysis, Professional Crisis Management, Behavioral Tools, First Aid, and CPR.

I have been part of the Ford family for 14 years and worked in many positions ranging from substitute, shadow, assistant and now the In School Suspension classroom.  I enjoy talking with and helping the students I come in contact with every day and hope to continue to work in the public school system for many more years. 

Mrs. Toni Freeman, Montessori Assistant

over 2 years ago

My name is Toni Freeman, I am the assistant in the Lower Elementary Montessori classroom.  This is my 4th year at Ford Elementary and I really enjoy being in the Montessori class. 

I have been married to Mike Freeman for 44 years, not a bad run for a blind date I married 2 months after our first date.  We have 2 children, a son, Ashley, in Seattle Washington and a daughter, Brandy, who works at Ford.  We have 4 very special grandchildren.

Now in our “golden” years we are kept very busy with our “new” generation of children…5 furry babies:  Buddy, Peanut, Maci, Bitty Butt, and Mikey. 

Mike and I enjoy rummaging through flea markets for old brass and copper pots, pans, and lamps to refurbish.


Mrs. Andrea Brandy, 4K Assistant

over 2 years ago


By Virginia Fitzsimmons

Mrs. Karen Madden, 4K Assistant

over 2 years ago

Hi. My name is Karen Madden. This is my first year as a 4K Assistant Teacher at Ford Elementary working with Mrs. Sumerel. I am a Laurens native and a Winthrop College graduate. I have a degree in Mass Communications and Graphic Design, but I have always had a passion for working with young children. Besides working in the Marketing and Advertising field, I have served as a Children's Minister at Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church, substituted in District 55 schools, taught preschool at First Baptist Church and been a Social Studies Montessori Assistant Teacher at Laurens Middle School. I am married and have two children who have home-schooled and attended Laurens public schools. I love both forms of education and they have taught me a great deal about working with children of all ages to inspire and motivate them to learn to the best of their ability. I am thrilled to be working in 4K at Ford.

Mrs. Mariam Waters, 5K Assistant

over 2 years ago

My name is Miriam Waters and I am a teacher’s assistant. I am married to Adam Waters; I have two children--Hayden - 7, Elise – 5.  They both attend District 55 schools. We moved to Lauren's County a year and a half ago, having previously lived in Greer. 

This is my first year at Ford Elementary. I'm looking forward to being of service to the school and its children for years to come.