Lowcountry Leadership teacher named Teacher of the Year

Lowcountry Leadership teacher named Teacher of the Year
May 28 20:00 2020 Print This Article

Lowcountry Leadership Charter School (LLCS) teacher Katie Bell was awarded the Charter Institute at Erskine’s Nathan Yon Teacher of the Year Award. Erskine manages 23 charter schools throughout South Carolina. Charter schools are public schools that are governed by independent boards of directors.

Bell teaches high school agriculture and earth science at LLCS, which serves 530 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. She is also the advisor for the school’s Future Farmers of America program. LLCS is located in Meggett, in southern Charleston County. The school is open to all South Carolina residents.

LLCS has a curriculum that focuses on life skills, collaborative projects, presentations, and problem-solving. Students learn to do research and solve real-world problems through Project Based Learning. There is also an emphasis on knowledge and involvement in Lowcountry civic issues and environmental awareness. Bell manages a two-acre farm at the school, where students raise goats and chickens and plant flowers, vegetables and herbs. Students and parents, along with community volunteers, have been maintaining the farm during the COVID-19 school shutdown and will continue during the summer months.

Principal Brianne Hudak praised Bell for her impact on the students. Hudak said, “She motivates our students, she supports them, and she encourages them to do their best. She does so much with hands-on experiences that tie back to life lessons.” Bell has raised more than $40,000 in donations to support the agriculture program. She also partners with local farmers, who share their craft with the students.

Charter Institute at Erskine named the Teacher of the Year award after the late Nathan Yon, who was a pioneer in South Carolina’s charter school movement. Erskine CEO and Superintendent Cameron Runyan presented Bell with a $1000 check at a recent awards ceremony. Runyan said, “Mrs. Bell epitomizes what being a great teacher is all about. She is creative, innovative, and demands excellence from her students.” The Yon family presents an additional $500 check to the Teacher of the Year.