All National Teacher of the Year Finalists Prepared through Colleges and Schools of Education

Mieliwocki poses with President Obama at the National Teacher of the Year ceremony

AACTE celebrates the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Lynn Mieliwocki, the three additional finalists and the colleges and schools of education that had a hand in helping to prepare all of them for their flourishing teaching careers.

Mieliwocki, who is also the 2012 California Teachers of the Year, received her teaching credential in English in secondary education from the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) College of Education. She has also served as a master teacher for the CSUN College of Education’s student teachers.

The three other finalists for the 2012 National Teacher of the Year were also prepared by colleges and schools of education:

  • Gay Barnes, 2012 Alabama Teacher of the Year (Elementary Education – University of Alabama at Huntsville Department of Education; Education Specialist – University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education; Ph.D. in Reading/Literacy Education – Alabama A&M University College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences)
  • Alvin Aureliano Davis, 2012 Florida Teacher of the Year (Music Education teaching credential – Florida A&M University College of Education)
  • Angela Wilson, 2012 Department of Defense Education Activity Teacher of the Year (Education – Western Illinois University College of Education & Human Services; Master’s in Education – Southern Utah University College of Education)

“AACTE is proud of these outstanding educators who constantly demonstrate unwavering passion for their work and dedication to student learning, even in the face of this adverse economic and political climate for education,” said Sharon P. Robinson, Ed.D., president and CEO of AACTE. “We also applaud the educator preparation programs that helped to educate all of the National Teacher of the Year finalists. AACTE member institutions and the profession at-large are working hard to produce effective educators, and these star teachers are evidence of the success of those efforts.”

Read the full AACTE press release here

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