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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."

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