Local teachers honored for work in business education
Two educators from Lexington-Richland School District Five have been named Teachers of the Year by the South Carolina Business Education Association.
Irmo High School’s Carolyn Diaz was presented with this year’s Secondary Teacher of the Year Award, and Donna Bowman of Chapin Middle School was awarded the association’s Middle School Teacher of the Year honor. The duo was honored during the SCBEA annual conference Feb. 6.
Diaz currently teaches occupational education and serves as department chair at Irmo High School, where she has worked for more than eight years.
“It’s really exciting … almost unbelievable. Most teachers don’t think of what they do … We just do it every day for the students,” she said. “Business education is important because these are the skills that are needed for many jobs. Whether students are going into college after high school or going into careers, they need leadership and business skills … a real thirst to get whatever skills they need to get good jobs and take the next step. That’s what I hope to teach my students … the skills needed for the 21st century.”
Bowman has been teaching business education for 14 years, including five years at Chapin High School and three years at Chapin Middle School.
“I was excited and honored to win this award. It signifies that my efforts to provide a meaningful education for my students, to further my knowledge of teaching business education, and to share with other teachers have been recognized,” she said. “Business education is important for all students. They learn technology skills, financial literacy, economic principles and the ability to be flexible in a changing work environment. These are all skills that will help our students become leaders in society and help them develop decision-making skills they will use in all aspects of their lives.”
The SCBEA serves as a professional resource for business educators in South Carolina and provides them with current information on new trends in the field, speakers in various topics of interest, and effective leadership in business education, according to the association’s website.