Washington, D.C. (June 8, 2021) – Sarah Brown Wessling, the 2010 National Teacher of the Year, will become the full-time Senior Advisor of the National Teacher of the Year Program, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today.
Brown Wessling has served as interim director of the program since spring 2020 and has served as informal program advisor, teacher mentor, and unofficial program historian since her tenure as National Teacher of the Year. She begins her role as Senior Advisor on July 1. As Senior Advisor, Brown Wessling will oversee the planning and execution of CCSSO’s National Teacher of the Year Program.
“CCSSO has been honored to support the National Teacher of the Year Program since its inception in 1952, and Sarah exemplifies the excellence in teaching the program has supported for nearly 70 years,” said CCSSO Chief Executive Officer Carissa Moffat Miller. “The National Teacher of the Year Program elevates excellent educators across the country and offers them the training and support they need to take on new leadership roles inside and outside the classroom. There is no truer example of that than Sarah. In this new role, I am confident she will ensure CCSSO honors the long history of this program while continuing to find new opportunities for our organization to grow and support the State and National Teachers of the Year.”
CCSSO’s National Teacher of the Year Program is the most prestigious teacher recognition program in the country. Each year, CCSSO provides a new cohort of State Teachers of the Year with a yearlong, one-of-a-kind professional learning and development experience.
Read more about Brown Wessling’s journey here and find more information about the National Teacher of the Year Program at ntoy.ccsso.org.
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Bureau of Indian Education, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.
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