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Richland One Teacher Named SC Middle School Mock Trial Teacher of the Year



Southeast Middle School teacher Lekena Ackerman has been named the Mock Trial Teacher 2020 Middle School Mock Trial Teacher of the Year by the South Carolina Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division.


The award, which includes a $1,000 cash prize and plaque, recognizes teachers who have implemented quality law-related education programs and helped students recognize their legal duties and rights.


In addition to being an eighth-grade social studies teacher, Mrs. Ackerman coaches the school’s award-winning mock trial team which was the 2019-2020 state middle school champion. In the mock trial competition, teams of students representing lawyers and witnesses try a fictional court case.