ROCK HILL, S.C. - Bryan Coburn '88, a pre-engineering, computer programming and business teacher at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, has been chosen the 2009-10 South Carolina Teacher of the Year.
State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex announced Coburn's receipt of the state's highest education honor at a banquet in Columbia, S.C., Monday honoring the state's 84 district teachers of the year. Coburn, a Rock Hill resident and 19-year educator, received his M.A.T. at Winthrop University.
Over the next year, Coburn will travel the state acting as an ambassador for teachers. He will serve as the chairperson on the State Teacher Forum; speak to teachers, Teacher Cadets and prospective teachers at colleges and universities; attend workshops and seminars on education, economy, teaching and leadership; and assist the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA), housed at Winthrop, to help with teacher mentoring, training, recruitment and the South Carolina Teaching Fellows program. In addition, he will participate in Leadership South Carolina, attend Notre Dame's prestigious three-day Excellence in Teaching Symposium and receive a SMART board.
Coburn said he looks forward to "acting as the voice" of South Carolina's teachers and talking to future educators about the challenges and joys of a career in teaching. He credits Winthrop's M.A.T. program with helping his discover his own passion to teach.
“We all have certain talents but how those talents are fashioned does make a difference. I was a messy lump of clay that was molded at Winthrop,” he said.