Greenville teacher named S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year
Jennifer Bryant of Eastside High School in Taylors, S.C., has been named the 2005 South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year by The Citadel's Tau Iota Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.
|From left to right, Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, director of the South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year contest, and 2005 finalists Diane Kay Schiferl and Ruth Agnes Cox and winner of the award, Jennifer Bryant.
The winner was announced tonight during a reception at The Citadel. Bryant received 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 and breakfast the morning following the awards announcement courtesy of the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston.
"Ms. Bryant's comprehensive dedication to teaching the Hispanic language and culture in the Palmetto State earned her this prestigious inaugural award among an outstanding field of very deserving nominees," said Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, founder and director of the contest.
The other finalists were 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.
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 doctoral candidate in comparative literature at the University of South Carolina.