Deirdre Butler » Making a Difference in the Lives of Children

Making a Difference in the Lives of Children

Deirdre Butler has over 17 years of experience in education.  She began her first career as an Accountant I and a Volunteer Tax Preparer before starting a career in education.  Deirdre Butler worked as the Lead Applied Behavior Therapist for three years in the Kershaw County School District and she has a total of five years’ experience in the area of Special Needs.  Deirdre Butler was the first Applied Behavior Therapist in Kershaw County School District to teach a nonverbal student to talk. This major accomplishment set her student on the path to becoming a normal successful student (2001-2004).  The first word from her non-verbal student was “BUTLER” even though it sounded like “But-jah”.  Before Mrs. Butler left Kershaw County School District in 2004 to accept her new teaching job in Jasper County, her student had a vocabulary of approximately 50 words; this happened within a span of three months.  Deirdre continued to check on the progress of her past student and was given a final update this past spring. The student eventually overcame autism, plays basketball for his school, has excellent communication skills, and will graduate from high school in 2017


 Deirdre Butler has an Associate Degree in Accounting from Sumter Technical College; a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resources Administration from Saint Leo University; and a Master’s of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix.  She successfully completed the P.A.C.E. program in 2007 which is an alternative certification program for educators who did not originally attend school to become teachers. Deirdre Butler successfully completed the South Carolina Mentoring training in February 2012 and received her certificate as an SC Certified Mentor.  She was named “Teacher of the Month” in 2011 at Hardeeville High School.  Presently, Deirdre Butler teaches Integrated Business Applications I, Administrative Support Technology, and Fundamentals of Business, Finance, and Marketing at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School.


Deirdre Butler believes that building lasting relationships with parents and students in the classroom is pertinent.  She also connects with students and families throughout Jasper and Beaufort County as a licensed and ordained Minister of Music.  She has a passion for playing the organ and singing.  She directs choirs in the area as a part of her music ministry and encourages youths to cultivate their musical talents.  Deirdre Butler believes that every child has a special gift to offer the world and it is her job as a teacher to help each child realize their gift.  She believes that your attitude sets the gauge for your altitude. She believes that attitude checks should be done often in order to ensure “Success in Flight”. 


Recent Posts

CATE Advisory Council Committee Meeting 4-26-18

The CATE Advisory Council Committee Meeting will be held Thursday, April 26, 2018, beginning at 3:00 p.m.  All potential business partners should contact Mrs. D. Butler at 843-489-8844. Our goal is to always connect to the workplace and to provide skills that are relevant.  CATE provides skills that will last forever.

Parent Conference Night - April 25, 2018

Parent Conference Night will begin at 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on April 25, 2018.  Students and parents are encouraged to attend.  Progress reports will be given to parents at that time.  

CATE - Relevance and Connectivity

Students in Mrs. Butler's CATE classes engage in completing projects that ae realistic and relevant for the workplace.  Projects include formatting business documents using business standards, budgeting and finance projects using Excel, marketing projects for advertisements, and basic office procedures.  Students are encouraged to save their projects for future use and to create a portfolio of their work.  Many students have used their saved projects for college assignments and work.   CATE is preparing our students for careers.   

Saturday School - Seat Time 3-10-2018

Students who need to make up seat time due to excessive absences are encouraged to attend Saturday School on March 10, 2018 beginning at 8:00 a.m until 2:00 p.m. 
Bring assignments to complete.
Bring your lunch or snacks. 

Calendar/Planner Project

The students will be able to develop and manage an electronic office calendar. 
Assignment:  Students will create a calendar/planner for March 2018 - December 2018.  Students may work in pairs.  Special dates may be included.  

Project – CATE (Mrs. D. Butler) 

Create a calendar/Planner for February 2018 –December 2018.  

Include national holidays and special school events already planned.  

Include large sections to record time and location. 

Include each Month at the top of the page.  Be creative. You may work in pairs.  

For example: 

March 2018 - Planner 









Time _________ 




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Time _________ 

Location: ____________ 


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Brochure Project - Customer Service

Students will list seven or more general guidelines/duties for Customer Service Representatives.  Students will share their lists with a peer to analyze the selected guidelines.  The teacher created names for various industries/professions for students to randomly select.  Students selected an industry/profession and reviewed their original customer service guidelines/duties to analyze whether or not their listed guidelines would be appropriate for the selected industry/profession. 

Based on their analysis, students will create a brochure for Customer Service Representative guidelines for the selected industry/profession.  Students will include at least three pictures to enhance the appearance of their brochure.   Sources will be cited.  

The teacher demonstrated the steps needed to create a brochure and students brainstormed to make a list of duties/guidelines for Customer Service Representatives.  Their brainstorming results were placed on the Aquos board by several student volunteers.   A brochure sample was provided for students.


Safety Standards: Active Shooter in the Building - What Should You Do?

The students in Mrs. Butler's classes engaged in a lesson concerning safety in the workplace and school. As various emergency situations unfold in schools and the workplace, we need to be prepared to respond in the safest way possible in order to guarantee the best chances of survival. The video listed was a part of the lesson. The students completed a PowerPoint presentation listing a set of guidelines to follow for "Active Shooter in the Building". The final discussion concluded that each situation is unique and adjustments should be made accordingly.

Future Jobs - New Career Choices

As technology advances, new career opportunities are created. The video provides new career ideas that many of our students may be a part of in the near future. Our options for careers are unlimited.

Cold and Flu Season - Notice from JCSD

MEMO: Cold & Flu Season

With cold and flu season upon us, please keep the following guidelines in mind when deciding whether or not to send your child to school. Proper precautions will help to control the spread of infectious diseases at school and allow your child to be available for learning.

Students should remain home for the following reasons:

  • For a temperature greater than 100 degrees. Children should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school and not take fever-reducing medication to control symptoms.
  • If diagnosed with a strep infection; students need to be on an antibiotic for a minimum of 24 hours, fever free, and feeling well before returning to school.
  • If your child has vomited or had persistent diarrhea during the night or in the morning before school.
  • If your child has a heavy, moist, productive cough, chest congestion, or discolored nasal drainage.
  • If your child has pinkeye (conjunctivitis). Students need to have completed 24 hours of medication and have no visible redness or discharge before returning to school.
  • Students returning to school should be kept home until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours.

Items listed above are important for your child’s health and the health of his/her classmates. Please continue to remind your child of the importance of frequent hand washing, healthy eating, and proper use and disposal of tissues during this cold and flu season.

When notifying the school of your child’s absence, please give us the reason for the absence. Efforts will be made to alert classmates’ parents of physician confirmed illnesses to help control the spread of infection.

Please review our policy pertaining surgical mask (below)



Jasper County School District Policy on Surgical Mask


Surgical Mask is not allowed for students or staff unless there is doctor’s statement provided. Furthermore, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best protection against the flu is the flu vaccine. Washing your hands frequently also offers indisputable protection against contagions.

Teach students and staff to wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, dry hands with a paper towel, and use the paper towel to turn off the faucet. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol may be used.


Include handwashing time in student schedules.

Provide adequate supplies, including clean and functional handwashing stations, soap, paper towels, and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Encourage students and staff to keep their hands away from their nose, mouth, and eyes.


Thank you for your attention to this important matter concerning the health of our students. Please feel free to contact the Nurse Office with any questions or concerns.

Integrated Business Applications I


Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School

Course Syllabus – Integrated Business Applications I

School Term:  2017-2018


Course Information

Teacher Information

Course or Content: Integrated Business Applications I

Semester: First and Second

Class Location: Room G-10


Name:  Deirdre Butler

Phone:  843-489-8844