The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced the four finalists for the 2011 National Teacher of the Year today. The National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the ING Foundation and Target, is a project of CCSSO in partnership with
and People to People Ambassador Programs. University of Phoenix
A panel of educators, representing 14 national education organizations, chose the finalists from the 2011 state teachers of the year in all 50 states, the
District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and four extra-state jurisdictions. The organizations represented on the 2011 National Selection Committee are: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, Association for Childhood Education International, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Association of Teacher Educators, National Association for the Education of Young Children, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Congress of Parents and Teachers, National Education Association, National Middle Schools Association, and National School Public Relations Association. U.S.
The 2011 four finalists are:
Teacher of the Year Florida
Conley is a fourth grade teacher at
Osceola Magnet Elementary School in . She has taught a total of 11 years, the last four at Osceola Magnet, a school of 536 students. Vero Beach, Florida
Annice M. Brave-2011
Teacher of the Year Illinois
Brave is an eleventh and twelfth grade English and journalism teacher at
Alton High School in . She has taught for 23 years, the last fifteen at Alton High which has 2,039 students. Alton, Illinois
Michelle M. Shearer-2011
Teacher of the Year Maryland
Shearer is a tenth through twelfth grade chemistry teacher at
Urbana High School in . She has taught at this school of 1,655 students for nine of her fourteen years in the education profession. Ijamsville, Maryland
Teacher of the Year Montana
Andersen is a ninth through twelfth grade science teacher at
Bozeman High School in . He has been an educator at Bozeman High, a school of 1,850 students, for nine of his sixteen years as a teacher. Bozeman, Montana
And the winner is?
|2011 National Teacher of the Year - Michelle Shearer|
Michelle Shearer was a pre-med student at
when, on the verge of burnout, she began volunteering in a class for deaf students. She loved it. That’s when she decided to go into teaching, starting on a path that led her to Princeton University schools and, now, to being named the 2011 National Teacher of the Year. Michelle is a chemistry teacher at Frederick County . Urbana High School
Congratulations to all the state winners, four finalists and to Michelle Shearer!!