The National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. The NTOY is chosen from among the State Teachers of the Year by a National Selection Committee representing the major national education organizations. Each April, the NTOY is introduced to the American people by the President of the United States.
This year the winner is High school English teacher Shanna Peeples from Texas, the 13th English teacher to take the honor. Shanna was selected as one of four finalists for 2015 National Teacher of the Year in January 2015 after being named the 2015 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year .
She has been a teacher for 12 years, she currently works at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas, splitting time between teaching and instructional coaching. The school has an almost 91 percent graduation rate, although 83 percent of students qualify as economically disadvantaged.
To find out more about this award visit the National Teacher of the Year website