Hannah Chapman and Michael Land are just two of the latest Southern Wesleyan University graduates to capture teacher-of-the-year awards.

Chapman was named Teacher of the Year at Liberty Middle School in Liberty, S.C. Chapman, a 2010 music education graduate, is band teacher at the school, which is located in the School District of Pickens County. Land, a physical education teacher and a 2007 graduate, was named teacher of the year at Six Mile Elementary School in Six Mile, S.C. The teachers of the year are selected by a vote of the staff members at their schools.

Once selected, they will serve on the district’s Teacher Forum. School-level teachers of the year are eligible for the district-wide Teacher of the Year Award. The winner of that award will be announced at the district’s Back-To-School Celebration on August 5 at Easley (S.C.) High School.

Other recent award winners include a father and daughter duo. Amanda (Link) Harris (’08 and ’14), pictured, was recently named Teacher of the Year at Walhalla High School in Walhalla. She teaches English. Her father, Dale Link, (’85), also pictured, teaches Spanish at Tamassee-Salem High School in Salem and also won Teacher of the Year accolades.