Former Durham teacher invited to State of the Union address

Posted January 6, 2012

— A former history teacher who was named last year's Durham Public Schools' teacher of the year has been invited to attend the president's State of the Union address this month.

Jeff Nash, a spokesman for the school system, said Friday that Jason Jowers was invited by Rep. G. K. Butterfield, a Democrat representing North Carolina's 1st District in Congress.

The president is scheduled to deliver his speech before a joint session of Congress on Jan. 24.

Jowers received the teacher of the year honor in May for his work at the Southern School of Engineering.

He has since become an administrator at Hillside High School in the Bull City.


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  • sunshine1040 Jan 13, 2012

    I could watch th address on tv but I already know many folks are losing their home becaue they cannot find full time jobs, many beause they bit off more debt then they can chew. Some baby momas that have no intention of marrying their baby daddys{ they would lose the grants, EIC and other goverment handouts}and a lot of our young men and women are still in combat situations

  • Jack Flash Jan 12, 2012

    That sounds rather racist, cantbtaught. I bet there are a lot of people who have been invited to the SotU address. This person happens to be Black. So?

  • workingforthosethatwont Jan 11, 2012

    why would anyone in their right mind want to attend anything with bo as the speaker?

  • same ole story Jan 10, 2012

    What if he was white?? would Obama use him to try to win this state again.... NO WAY!!!

  • westernwake1 Jan 6, 2012

    Awesome. Great recognition for Jason Jowers. Congrats.