History teacher named Durham Teacher of the Year

Posted May 3, 2011
Updated May 4, 2011

— A history teacher at the Southern School of Engineering was named Durham Public Schools' 2011 Teacher of the Year.

Jason Jowers received the honor on Tuesday at a banquet recognizing Teachers of the Year from the district's 54 schools. He was selected by a committee consisting of former Teachers of the Year. 

"My greatest accomplishment is not helping students pass a test. It has been my ability to help them realize that success can be an option," Jowers said in his application portfolio. "I wanted to encourage young people to make the right decisions instead of falling prey to those they would regret later in life."

Jowers has taught for four years and received a bachelor of arts degree from North Carolina Central University.

"Jason Jowers represents all that is right about public schools," Superintendent Eric J. Becoats said in a press release. "He convinces his students that life has no limits. They can accomplish anything."

As Teacher of the Year, Jowers will receive $1,000. Each of the other four finalists receive $500. 

The other finalists were Rose Clark of Eno Valley Elementary, Anne Beatty of Northern High and Raychelle Baptist of Shepard Magnet Middle. 

Jowers will now compete for the Central Region Teacher of the Year.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • issymayake May 5, 2011

    An Eagle was WRAL Teacher of the WEEK and now an Eagle is Durham Teacher of the Year. . .OUTSTANDING!

  • teachingfellows May 4, 2011

    Congratulations Mr. Jowers on your accomplishment! We are very proud of you! ~ NCCU Teaching Fellows Program

  • anneonymousone May 4, 2011

    Congratulations, Mr. Jowers! Keep up the good work!

  • eaglekiss07 May 4, 2011

    EAGLE PRIDE! NCCU CLASS OF 2007!!! Congrats Jason!!!!

  • JDawn1984 May 4, 2011

    Eagle Pride! Way to go, Mr. Jowers!

  • djcgriffin May 4, 2011

    Eagle Pride!

  • mys1983 May 4, 2011

    So proud of my fellow EAGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • westernwake1 May 4, 2011

    Congratulations to Jason Jowers. I would like to thank him for his service to the students in our community and encouraging each of them to be successful.

    This award highlights one of the many successes of the Durham Public School system that many people do not regularly hear about.

  • eaglepride May 4, 2011

    congraduations, and eagle pride!

  • Roland K. May 4, 2011

    Congratulations, Mr. Jowers. You sound like a class act. Most teachers are a class act, but you stand above the crowd. Keep up the great work educating the children of Durham.