2010 Teacher of the Year
Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa went all out today to celebrate English teacher Sarah Brown Wessling. It wasnâ€™t her birthday or retirement; Wessling had just been named National Teacher of the Year. President Barack Obama feted Wessling last week, during a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden that was also attended by teachers of the year from every state. Wessling says everything she does in the class flows from a philosophy of student-centered learning. Her students donâ€™t just write essays, they write songs, public service announcements, grant proposals, and film storyboards. And Wessling also brings students and the community together. â€śStudents construct knowledge when it is relevant to them, when they have a real and authentic purpose, when they have an audience that gives them context,â€ť writes Wessling. Read more about the Teacher of the Year program and get a link to Wesslingâ€™s candidate application.