Annual Presentation of the National Teacher of the Year
The Council of Chief State School Officers named Michelle Shearer, a high school chemistry teacher in Frederick, Maryland, as the 61st National Teacher of the Year. She has taught all levels of Chemistry at Urbana High School in the Frederick County Public Schools system for 10 years and currently teaches Advanced Placement Chemistry. She has also taught high school chemistry and mathematics at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick. Her teaching methods rely heavily on real-life applications of scientific concepts. Shearer embraces technological innovation in the classroom, but emphasizes the importance of teacher-student interaction. She is an advocate for STEM education for all K-12 students and successfully reaches those who have been traditionally underrepresented in scientific fields, including students with special needs and those from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.