School District Five biology teacher, Lauren Brown, has been selected as the 2019 Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year in South Carolina by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT).

The award is given annually to a teacher who shows a passion for teaching biology. Each state, province, and territory recognizes an Outstanding Biology Teacher (OBTA).

“I am so humbled and grateful to be recognized as South Carolina’s Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year,” Brown said. “This award truly validates the work we are doing and the lives we are impacting at Spring Hill High School. This award is shared with my phenomenal biology data team and science department. Our biology data team has been working together for five years to plan, implement and reflect on best practices for our students.”

Brown has been teaching biology for 9 years, the last five years have been at Spring Hill High School. She earned her master’s degree in the art of teaching in secondary science education from Piedmont College and a bachelor’s degree in food science and engineering from the University of Georgia.

This year, she was recognized as a National Board Certified Teacher; and she was also honored as the American Legion Teacher of the Year from Chapin Post 193. She has also served for three years as a coaching teacher with the University of South Carolina’s Education program.

“I am so proud of Mrs. Brown,” said Dr. Michael Lofton, Spring Hill High School principal. “Her energy, enthusiasm and passion for teaching biology is immeasurable. Not only does she know her content, she also establishes relevant relationships with her students that lead to high academic achievement. Her students leave her classroom knowing biology as well as knowing that Mrs. Brown cares for them and has their best interests at heart.”

Brown will be recognized for this honor during a luncheon at the NABT conference in November. The conference is being held in Chicago, Illinois.

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