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Life is Good spotlight on Zachariah Lowe, Sumter 2017-18 teacher of the year

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 1/25/19

In his five years of teaching, all of which have been in the Sumter School District, Zachariah Lowe has raked in acco­lades, awards and professional development opportunities, emerging as a …

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Life is Good spotlight on Zachariah Lowe, Sumter 2017-18 teacher of the year

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In his five years of teaching, all of which have been in the Sumter School District, Zachariah Lowe has raked in acco­lades, awards and professional development opportunities, emerging as a leader not just in Sumter’s public education sphere but in the community as a whole.

Lowe was named the 2017-18 District Teacher of the Year as a sixth- and sev­enth-grade social studies teacher at the former Mayewood Middle School and went on to become a top-five finalist for the State Teacher of the Year. He is also a 2018-19 South Carolina Honor Roll Teacher.

“In not many jobs do you get to go in and really put your mark on some­thing much greater than yourself and your community.”

Garnering his passion for teach­ing from his high school band director in Ohio, his drive is to make a mark on the future generation of leaders. In addition to, at only 26, boasting a Master’s degree in Education Administration and touting a litany of professional develop­ment courses, programs and conferences, he has led his students – now eighth-grad­ers at the R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy – to numerous local and national awards for their own educa­tional projects.

Lowe was named one of The Sumter Item’s 2018-19 Top 20 Professionals Under 40 last fall, is a member of the Sumter Teacher Fo­rum, which organized and hosted a public debate for candidates running for school board last No­vember, and somehow finds time to tutor at John K. Crosswell Home for Chil­dren.

“If you think about the, what, 200 kids I’ve taught so far, and how many people they can go on to influence.”