Monday, December 6, 2010

Dutch Fork Teacher Named Columbia Area Reading Council Teacher of The Year!

By: Robert S. Jackson, Ed.S., Assistant Principal for Instruction

Kathy Lott, English Teacher at Dutch Fork High School, has been named the 2010 Distinguished Reading Teacher for the Columbia Area Reading Council. Mrs. Lott was was chosen out of a strong list of applicants from around the Columbia Area. She has twenty-one years experience in the public schools of South Carolina and has been on the faculty at Dutch Fork High since 1995.

Mrs. Lott is an active member is the South Carolina and National Councils of Teachers of English. As the school's Literacy Coach from 2007-2010, she played an active role in working with teachers and students to close the achievement gap and raise standardized test scores. When asked how have you inspired a love of reading among your students, she stated "I love reading. When students realize my passion and enthusiam for eading, they cannot help but join the fun! Whenever students tell me they do not like to read, I just tell them that they simply have not found the right book yet. I get to know students personally in order to suggest books they cannot resist."

We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Lott at Dutch Fork High School. She works tirelessely in providing students with the tools they need to succeed in life is. She excels at giving every student a strong foundation, recognizing hidden potential and guiding students to find excellence within. Every student needs a teacher like Mrs. Lott. She personifies the true meaning of being a teacher (Gregg Morton, Principal). "

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