This week, the Council of Chief State Schools Officers announced their four finalists for 2017 National Teacher of the Year. Each year, every state picks their top teacher, giving them a yearlong sabbatical to travel to schools in their state, speak at conferences and panels, write about issues, and meet policymakers. These teachers are also entered to be National Teacher of the Year.
This year’s finalists are Megan Gross, a high school special education teacher from San Diego; Sydney Chaffee, a Boston charter school humanities teacher; Athanasia Kyriakakos, who teaches high school art in Baltimore; and Chris Gleason, a Sun Prairie, Wisconsin middle school music teacher. Each finalist has an impressive background and would be the first teacher in their field to win for several years – a visual arts teacher hasn’t won the award since 1979, a music teacher since 2007, a humanities teacher since 1998, and a special education teacher since 2009. The winner will be honored at a White House ceremony this spring.
As always, we’re excited to see teachers being recognized and supported in doing good work. We hope that whoever wins will be able to use their platform to gain support and respect for educators everywhere!