National School Boards Association (NSBA) Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel presented NSBA’s “Stand Up 4 Public Schools” red wristband to Sean McComb, the 2014 National Teacher of the Year, at a gala honoring the nation’s top teachers this week.
NSBA’s “Stand Up 4 Public Schools” is a national public advocacy campaign that celebrates the good work in public education and believes that all children, regardless of their ZIP code, deserve a world-class education and a promising future. Celebrities including Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Sal Khan, and Montel Williams have joined the campaign.
The National Teacher of the Year Program is run by the Council of Chief State School Officers. McComb, a high school English teacher from Baltimore, Md., created a mentor-based, college-preparatory program that helps students who are academically in the middle and in need receive the mental and academic supports they need to take rigorous college preparatory courses. McComb and all 2014 State Teachers of the Year were lauded by President Barack Obama at the White House on May 1.
Kathleen Vail, editor of American School Board Journal, served as a judged for the awards.