Newberry Graduate Named Lexington 2 District's Teacher of the Year

September 26, 2012

Lexington 2 District’s Teacher of the Year Has a Personal Touch

By: Bertram Rantin from

Diane Boulware takes little things like remembering names seriously. In a time when individuality can get lost in the crowd, it’s among the many traits that have served her in the world of instruction while distinguishing her as one of the area’s top educators.
The Pineview Elementary School counselor has been named Lexington 2’s District Teacher of the Year.

“I work hard to learn the names of all my students,” Boulware said. “This is no small task since I serve over 600 students. They are amazing people who have so much to offer. I try to help them recognize that in themselves and in others.”

Boulware has been with Lexington 2 since 1987. She received her National Board Certification in 2006 and was named the Crystal Apple Aware Teacher of the Quarter in 2012, West Metro Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Month in 2010 and South Carolina Elementary School Counselor of the Year in 2006. But the value she places on encouraging students is equal to that of challenging them academically.

“I take the time to greet my students when I see them, whether it is a kind word, comment or just a smile,” she said. “I treat them as I want my own children treated, which means I listen to my students to learn more about them and from them.”

Lexington 2 superintendent Jim Hinton, who was Pineview’s principal before moving to the district office, said Boulware’s concern for students and their families played a big role in her selection. “She knows her families each and every year and she knows her students,” Hinton said. “She’s caring and one of the best I’ve ever seen with children. That’s why she’s our teacher of the year.”

Boulware received a bachelor’s degree from Newberry College and master’s and educational specialist degrees from the University of South Carolina. She has been a licensed professional counselor since 1986

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