Lexington-Richland School District Five officials named the finalists for the 2021-2022 District Teacher of the Year award last week.
The finalists are Leslie Jones, a Seven Oaks Elementary MEDIA Magnet School third grade teacher; Jennifer Metts, an Oak Pointe Elementary school counselor; and Lori Powers, a Chapin Middle School digital integration specialist.
Jones has served at Seven Oaks Elementary MEDIA Magnet since 2018. “I believe students need opportunities to explore other cultures and lands around the world,” Jones said. “I believe technology (such as the Google Earth exploration) should be used to enhance quality lessons, not replace them.... Perseverance, resilience, and persistence can be taught and learned and will make students more successful not only throughout their year in my classroom, but for a lifetime."
Metts has served at Oak Pointe Elementary School since 2018. “My commitment to the well-being of students is epitomized each and every day,” Metts said. “I equip students with necessary tools and strategies to promote their emotional health while using my own personal experiences to connect with them."
Powers has worked at Chapin Middle School since 2003, but served as the digital integration specialist for the past 9 years. “I firmly believe that people learn best when they are fully engaged and are having fun with the material,” Powers said. “Whether I was providing standards based centers in my honors math classes, real world construction experiences in my Math Matters classes, or supporting science standards with robots as a Digital Integration Specialist, student engagement has been and will be my focal point. My goal is to create a Bold School atmosphere."
Teacher of the Year winners from each school include:
Shelby Rickey - Adult Education
Jill Chapman - Academy For Success
Kelly Brautigam - Ballentine Elementary
Sherry Clapp - Center for Advanced Technical Studies
Megan Burton - Chapin Elementary
Caitlin Walker - Dutch Fork Elementary
Ashley Congdon - H. E. Corley Elementary
Joanna Neal - Harbison West Elementary
Tania Turner - Irmo Elementary
Sydney Quarles - Lake Murray Elementary
Lisa Farrell - Leaphart Elementary
Kasey Holt - Nursery Road Elementary
Jennifer Metts - Oak Pointe Elementary
Jessica Lindler - River Springs Elementary
Leslie Jones - Seven Oaks Elementary
Kaycee Sites - Chapin Intermediate
Dawn Oswalt - CrossRoads Intermediate
Lori Powers - Chapin Middle
Laura Atkinson - Dutch Fork Middle
LeGreta Deas - Irmo Middle
Scott Stogner - Chapin High
Jane Miller - Dutch Fork High
Dr. X’andria Sutton - Irmo High
Karen Fallaw - Spring Hill High
“The talent and dedication of our teachers are second to none, and our finalists represent the best of the best," superintendent Dr. Christina Melton said. "We want to say congratulations to our finalists and all the school teachers of the year across School District Five. We are so grateful for all they do to make our district great."