Columbia, SC — Benedict College First Lady and A.C. Flora High School educator Patricia Swinton was awarded the 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year title during Richland One’s Celebration 2011, the district’s end of the year recognition banquet. Mrs. Patricia L. Swinton is an accomplished educator and scientist who has dedicated the past 28 years of her professional career to the divine purpose of teaching. Mrs. Swinton has been working to improve the education system to ensure that all students are afforded equal access to a quality education.

Since 1994, Mrs. Swinton has taught science at A. C. Flora High School in Columbia, South Carolina. She teaches classes in Human Anatomy/Physiology and Biology and was named A.C. Flora Teacher of the Year this past December.

Mrs. Swinton has an extensive background in education and specialized training; she is highly recognized for her expertise in the field of Secondary Science Education. She has exceptional credentials and a diversified career portfolio and a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent and Young Adulthood Science.

She is very active teacher and holds various positions in her field to include; Adept Teacher Evaluator, Teacher Mentor, and Science Curriculum Team member for Richland One School District; International Baccalaureate Trained Teacher in High School Science; Faculty representative for the A. C. Flora Improvement Council (SIC) and a Sponsor for the high school’s Science, Engineering , Communication, and Mathematics Enhancement Club (SECME) which placed 1st in the 2010 Xtreme Technology Competition at Benedict College.

Mrs. Swinton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY; a Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Hofstra University in NYC and an Ed. S. degree in Science Education from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS.

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