Zachariah Lowe is a 8th grade social studies teacher at R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy in Sumter School District. He is the 2017-18 Sumter School District Teacher of the Year and a current South Carolina Honor Roll Teacher, having been named a top-five finalist for 2019 State Teacher of the Year. Originally from Northeast Ohio, Zachariah became a teacher to “make a positive influence in the lives of the next generation of world leaders.” Lowe graduated from The University of Akron with a Bachelor's Degree in AYA Social Studies Education in 2014 and from The University of South Carolina-Columbia with a Master's Degree in Educational Administration in 2017. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that his students become critical thinkers and doers. His students have been recognized at both local and national levels for awards such as the National WWII Museum’s Billy Michal Student Leadership Award, the NASC/Ruth Hollander Award for outstanding contributions to participation in democracy, and a recycling grant from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control. Mr. Lowe himself has been awarded several accolades for his work inside and outside the classroom. He attended the C-SPAN Summer Educator Conference and the Ford’s Theatre Summer Teachers’ program in Washington, D.C. and will be attending a summer fellowship at the United States Supreme Court this summer. In addition, he has authored a chapter for a National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) publication and has served as a presenter and co-presenter, at numerous national, regional, and local workshops and conferences.