The Phoenix Challenge Foundation mourns the loss of a pivotal figure in education and an inspiration to many who are devoted to the progress of young students and their success. As a long-serving educator and leader at the Applied Technology Center in Rock Hill, North Carolina, Teague impacted numerous live, and was “the” inspiration behind the Phoenix Challenge. She passed on July 13, 2022 surrounded by family.
Before the Phoenix Challenge Foundation (PCF) was launched, Teague took the lead in establishing the original Flexo High School Skills Competition for flexography skill, technical education and mathematics. Once the seed was planted she went on and pursued the first High School Skills program, which was initiated in 1997.
Today the Phoenix Challenge Foundation encompasses High School Skills Competition and the 15-year-old College Competition. It has exposed more than 5,000 students to flexo technology, awarded more than $60K in scholarships and has witnessed several hundred young adults make their way into careers across the entire flexo and package printing industries.
The Phoenix Challenge Foundation has been proud to honor Excellence of Education through the Diann Teague Award, presented to her first in 2007. Since then, this award is presented to the instructor who guides the winning High School Skills competition team each year, recognizing their own excellence in education. This award has been presented at the High School Skills Competition each year since 2008.
With the coordination and support from Ron & Katherine Harper, founders of Harper Corporation; and the Flexographic Technical Association (FFTA), the Phoenix Challenge Foundation’s inception was a continuation of Teague’s legacy. The Phoenix Challenge Foundation will continue to expand and grow, building upon its mission of “Developing tomorrow’s workforce” with the heritage of Diann Teague as inspiration.