facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Obama honors Teacher of the Year

May 3, 2011 at 7:43 PM   |   Comments

1 of 3
| License Photo
WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama Tuesday honored Michelle Shearer, who teaches advanced placement chemistry in Urbana, Md., as the Teacher of the Year.

Shearer, the daughter of a chemistry teacher and wife of a physics teacher, got into teaching by volunteering with deaf children, the president said. Before joining the faculty at Urbana High School, she offered the first AP chemistry course ever at the Maryland School for the Deaf.

"Michelle's specialty is taking students who are normally underrepresented in science -- minorities, women, students with disabilities, even students who say equations and formulas are just not their thing -- and helping them discover the scientist within," Obama said.

The president also waved to the Hawaiian state teacher, who teaches at his first school, Noelani in Manoa, Hawaii. He spoke of Mabel Hefty, a teacher who helped him when he returned to Hawaii as a fifth grader after several years in Indonesia.

Shearer gave a brief speech thanking Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

"Elementary school teachers lay the foundation for a child's academic success," she said. "Middle school teachers engage students with creative instruction and teach the skills students need to become self-sufficient learners. High school teachers empower students to take ownership of their education as they prepare for college and careers."

Topics: Barack Obama
© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
New Jersey man caught selling 'Ebola' heroin New Jersey man caught selling 'Ebola' heroin
2
Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan
3
Kimberly Guilfoyle: young women should be 'excused' from voting to go on Tinder Kimberly Guilfoyle: young women should be 'excused' from voting to go on Tinder
4
Female gym teacher busted for repeated sex with student Female gym teacher busted for repeated sex with student
5
American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback