When colleagues describe Lower Richland High School Career Specialist Cynthia Flemming-Tyler, expect to hear words like “impeccable,” “going the extra mile” and “an advocate for students.” Those exceptional qualities have earned Ms. Flemming-Tyler a new honor as the 2020 Midlands Region Career Specialist of the Year.
The award from the Midlands Education and Business Alliance (MEBA) recognizes outstanding educators who are preparing their students for the workforce through rigorous academics, real-world experiences and high-demand skills.
Ms. Flemming-Tyler says she has always had a passion to help others. “High school students are at the best time of their lives, trying to explore and prepare for the life after high school. I remind myself that we all have a spark in us, and my students are my ‘sparks.’ They give me energy and joy when they receive their acceptance letters and when they have accomplished something they wanted to do. Yes, I have a lot to be thankful for, but mostly I am thankful for my ‘sparks.’ They are my gifts.”
The application nominating Ms. Flemming-Tyler for the award praised her leadership, especially in building business relationships that benefit her students:
“Cynthia’s leadership is evident through the numerous programs, activities, and events planned to help students understand career options. Her ability to build solid and robust partnerships with businesses in the community increased student involvement in work-based learning experiences by 100%. Those work-based learning experiences include mentorship program, internships, job shadowing, and service learning. Her ability to involve the community extends to senior citizens mentoring students as they prepare for job interviews.”