Two lifelong teachers overwhelmed with special awards

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland School District Two received some surprise announcements Thursday.

School administrators spent the morning surprising lifelong educators, with more than 25 years of combined experience, and giving them a lesson in appreciation.

Greeted with a standing ovation and cheers for a job well done, a statewide search for this year's Best of the Best in education has come to an end. Dr. Greg Owings of Spring Valley High School was presented with yet another plaque to add to his already heavily adorned office wall. But this time, it's for Principal of the Year. It's a title he says has left him humbled and on the verge of tears. "That's what it's all about. I love my kids, and I love my school," says Owings.

Owings wasn't alone in trying to hold back tears, just a few miles away and a short time later Dent Middle School had a surprise of its own. Dr. Robyn Hardy was named Assistant Middle School Principal of the Year.

As a product of Dent Middle School, Hardy says the culmination of years of hard work has come full circle, allowing her to give back to a school that gave her a love for education. "It's overwhelming to be recognized and appreciated for the work that we do in education, and it's all about what's in the best interest of our students," says Hardy.

Both recipients were chosen for their community outreach, leadership skills, and knowledge of the curriculum. While they say they're overjoyed at being dubbed with such a esteemed title, it's seeing the affects of their lifelong work that they feel is the real reward.

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