District Five teacher named South Carolina Academy of Science Teacher of the Year

Lexington-Richland School District Five teacher Dr. Laurie Taylor was named 2023 South Carolina Academy of Science Teacher of the Year. This award is given to one teacher in the state for their excellence in secondary teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

“I am honored to receive the South Carolina Academy of Science 2023 Teacher of the Year award for excellence in secondary school science, mathematics, and engineering teaching,” Taylor said. “I love teaching science because each day brings new challenges and new successes. Teaching is a career where you can create a lasting legacy. For every student who decides to pursue a career in STEM, we have no idea of what they can and will accomplish and to me, that is amazing. I am honored to be recognized for this award and thankful that I teach with such wonderful colleagues and students in a such a supportive community and district.”

Taylor has been teaching for 22 years, the past 19 years have been at Chapin High School where she teaches chemistry.

“The Eagle Family is incredibly proud of the work Dr. Taylor puts into her instruction each and every day,” Chapin High School Principal Michael Ames said. “Her commitment to instruction and love for her students is second to none and is beyond deserving of this recognition!”

Taylor received a $1,000 award, a plaque, and recognition at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Academy of Sciences.

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