Greenville, Charleston, Irmo teachers nominated for S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year
The Citadel's Tau Iota Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, is proud to announce its three finalists for what will become an annual program – the South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year award.
Finalists are Jennifer Bryant of Eastside High School in Greenville, Ruth Agnes Cox of First Baptist Church School in Charleston and Diane Schiferl of Dutch Fork High School in Irmo.
The three teachers were selected from nominees from across the state and were judged on innovation in teaching, initiative in Spanish curriculum development, extra-curricular activities related to teaching and professional development. Judges were Spanish professors from six different colleges and universities, the South Carolina Department of Education and the student president of The Citadel's chapter of Sigma Delta Pi.
The South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year will be announced at 7 p.m., Nov. 15 at The Citadel, where all three finalists will be recognized. The winner will receive a $400 Dillard's gift card and a $40 gift certificate from the Meritage Restaurant in Charleston. Each finalist receives a one-night stay for two Nov. 15 and breakfast the following morning courtesy of the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston.
Since 2002, Bryant has taught Spanish at Eastside High School where she founded the school’s chapter of the Spanish National Honor Society and the Multicultural Awareness Club. She also directs the after-school tutoring program and student summer enrichment activities in Spain. She has taught Honors, Advanced Spanish III and Advanced Placement Spanish, classes that reflect the integration of technology and culture. A graduate of Appalachian State University, she is currently a candidate for a doctorate in comparative literature at the University of South Carolina.
Cox, who is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been teaching Spanish at First Baptist High School since 1998. She serves as the school's adviser for the Foreign Language Club and the Foreign Language Newsletter and was instrumental in founding the Foreign Language Club Scholarship. She continues the development of special instructional programs such as last year’s “Working Together to Build a Better Future,” a project that served to teach students about the League of Nations, the United Nations, UNICEF, and select Spanish-speaking countries. A graduate of the College of Charleston, she earned her master’s in teaching (MAT) at The Citadel in May 2005.
Schiferl taught Spanish at Cardinal Newman School in Columbia before starting a new Spanish position at Dutch Fork High School in August 2005. While at Cardinal Newman, she directed a summer study program in Spain in 2004 and was the sponsor of the Spanish Club. She was Cardinal Newman Teacher of the Month in April 2002. She also received two study abroad scholarships this past year from the Southern Conference of Language Teachers (SCOLT) and the South Carolina Foreign Language Teachers Association (SCFLTA). Complimenting her efforts to integrate technology in her classroom is her pursuit of a Masters +30 in Technology. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, she holds an M.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of Missouri.
For more information about the South Carolina Teacher of the Year contest or its sister program the Lowcountry Spanish Teacher of the Year program, visit The Citadel web site at
www.scspanishteacheroftheyear.org or contact the founder and director, Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro.