Butterfield Invites Durham Public Schools' Teacher of the Year Jason Jowers to Attend State of Union

Jan 20, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) is pleased that Jason Jowers, Durham Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year, has agreed to be his guest on Tuesday, January 24, at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.  Butterfield, a longtime advocate of education, sent a formal invitation to Jowers after learning of his career accomplishments, which include recently being selected as Assistant Principal and Dean of Students at Hillside High School.

“I am happy to have Mr. Jason Jowers join me for this occasion,” said Butterfield.  “President Obama has made education a top priority of his administration.  Mr. Jowers, and educators like him, represent an integral piece of the plan to transform America’s education system into one of the best in the world.”

Jowers received both an athletic scholarship and a Teaching Fellows scholarship to attend North Carolina Central University.  After graduating in 2007, he began teaching at the Southern School of Engineering in Durham.  After only four years of teaching, he was named Teacher of the Year.

While in Washington, Jowers and his wife, Monique, will meet with Congressman Butterfield and his staff, take a tour of the U.S. Capitol, and have dinner with the Congressman before attending the State of the Union.