Tuesday, May 3, 2011


“I make a concerted effort to reach out to students who have traditionally been underrepresented in scientific fields, i.e. our students with special needs and disabilities, our minority students and our young women.”

Michelle Shearer

Maryland high school chemistry teacher named 2011 National Teacher of the Year. She has been teaching at Urbana High School in Frederick, Md. for 10 years. She will be honored by President Obama today. Shearer wrote that she has successfully accommodated students with low vision, dyslexia, dysgraphia, attention deficit disorder and Asperger’s syndrome. In between two teaching stints at Urbana High School, Shearer taught science and math at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick.

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