BMS teacher finalist for 2022-2023 R2 Teacher of Year

COLUMBIA – Blythewood Middle School teacher Lisa McDowell has been named one of five finalists for the Richland School District Two 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year.

McDowell is a health and fitness teacher. Over the past 33 years, she has held physical education and health instructor positions in Mullins, Charleston and Blythewood.

 McDowell balances her teaching duties at Blythewood Middle School with coaching volleyball. She also enjoys organizing fund-raisers and events that promote school spirit, teamwork, sportsmanship and service learning.

Her principal describes her as the “eggs in a cake” because she holds things together when no one else does, which shows her positive outlook and attitude about the teaching profession.

McDowell said she hopes her positive disposition rubs off on younger teachers and contributes to keeping them in the classroom with a joy of teaching and learning.

McDowell is a graduate of Coker College (now University) and holds a Bachelor of Science in physical education/teaching.

“These teachers (finalists) are the epitome of the talent we are trying to recruit and retain. They are committed to their profession and this school district. We are honored to have them in the Richland Two family and wish each of them success,” said Superintendent Dr. Baron R. Davis.

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