Three BJU Graduates Named as Finalists for the 2017-2018 Greenville County Schools Teacher of the Year

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 5, 2017) – Bob Jones University graduates Jeremy Bowen, Scott Buhr and David Dejesa were recently selected as finalists in the 2017-2018 Greenville County Schools Teacher of the Year program.

“The faculty and I are pleased to see the impact each of these graduates is making on the lives of students in their respective schools,” says Dr. Brian Carruthers, dean of the School of Education at BJU. “Each of these recipients has demonstrated remarkable professional growth, and this accomplishment is a testament to the strong undergraduate preparation each received as a student at BJU.”

Bowen, a resident of Greenville, is a mathematics teacher at J.L. Mann High School and has been teaching for five years. Bowen graduated from BJU in 2012 with a bachelor of science in mathematics education and holds a master’s in education from Anderson University.

Buhr, a resident of Simpsonville, has served as a physics and earth science teacher at Hillcrest High School for four years. Buhr graduated from BJU in 2011 with a bachelor of science in composite science education and in 2013 with a master’s in educational leadership.

Dejesa, a resident of Greenville, serves as a social studies and speech and debate teacher at Riverside High School and has been teaching for 13 years. Dejesa graduated from BJU in 2005 with a bachelor of science in composite social studies education and holds a master’s in history secondary education from Converse College.

The process of selecting the 10 finalists began last fall when schools and centers selected their individual Teacher of the Year. These teachers submitted applications, which included a professional biography, educational history and professional development, community involvement, philosophy of teaching, education issues and trends, the teaching profession, and a personal message to educators and the general public.

The Selection Committee will choose Greenville County’s 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year after participating in classroom observations and conducting individual interviews with the 10 finalists. The announcement will be made in August.

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