Member Profiles

State Teachers of the Year (STOYs) and Finalists are the foundation of NNSTOY.  Each STOY or Finalist is engaged in one or more of our key focal areas of policy, practice, advocacy, each in his/her own way.  On this page, please find a sampling of the dynamic and dedicated educators who represent our organization.


Peggy Allan, Illinois State Teacher of the Year 1989

Peggy Allan, Illinois State Teacher of the Year 1989

Practice

Dr. Peggy Allan is the 1989 Illinois State Teacher of the Year.  A dedicated teacher of  English/Language, Social Studies, Gifted Grade(s): 7-8 for  many years,  Dr. Allen is now working to support  teachers through coaching and... read more

Megan Allen, Florida State Teacher of the Year 2010

Megan Allen, Florida State Teacher of the Year 2010

Advocacy

Megan Allen, the 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year, is a National Board Certified Teacher and the 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year. She happily spends her days working as a fifth grade teacher at Shaw Elementary School in Tampa, FL, and as a... read more

David Bosso, Connecticut State Teacher of the Year 2012

David Bosso, Connecticut State Teacher of the Year 2012

Practice

David Bosso, the 2012 Connecticut Teacher of the Year, has been teaching Social Studies at Berlin High School since 1998.  He was recently named the 2012-2013 Outstanding Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the National Council for the... read more

Debra Calvino, New York State Teacher of the Year 2010

Debra Calvino, New York State Teacher of the Year 2010

Policy

Debra is the 2010 New York State Teacher of the Year. She began her teaching career as a high school special education teacher in 1981. She has been teaching high school mathematics since 1984 and in 2004 was appointed Mathematics Department... read more

Eric Combs, Ohio Teacher of the Year 2006

Eric Combs, Ohio Teacher of the Year 2006

Eric A. Combs, SMSgt, USAF(Ret) is retired from the United States Air Force.  During his 20 year career, Sergeant Combs served as Security Forces Superintendent and special tactics instructor.   He was the 1992 Non-commissioned Officer of the... read more

Diane Cummins, New Jersey State Teacher of the Year 2004

Diane Cummins, New Jersey State Teacher of the Year 2004

Policy

Diane Cummins is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Clearview Regional School District in Mullica Hill, Gloucester County, New Jersey. Prior to becoming an administrative educator, Diane spent the better... read more

Jeanne DelColle, New Jersey State Teacher of the Year 2012

Jeanne DelColle, New Jersey State Teacher of the Year 2012

Policy

Jeanne DelColle, a high school teacher of sixteen years, brings her passion for history and extensive travel experience from across five continents into the classroom to connect with the worlds of her students. Also named 2012 NJ History Teacher... read more

Craig Divis, Vermont Teacher of the Year 2010

Craig Divis, Vermont Teacher of the Year 2010

Craig Divis is a high school Social Studies teacher at Bellows Falls Union High School in Bellows Falls, Vermont.  With a B.S. in Secondary Social Studies Education from Miami University in 2003, including minors in History and Political Science,... read more

Terry Knecht Dozier, South Carolina and National Teacher of the Year 1985

Terry Knecht Dozier, South Carolina and National Teacher of the Year 1985

Advocacy

Terry Dozier, the 1985 National and SC State  Teacher of the Year, has a storied career in education advocacy.  In addition to her current position in leading the training of teacher leaders at VCU, Terry served as the first Teacher in Residence... read more

Lily Eskelsen, Utah State Teacher of the Year 1989

Lily Eskelsen, Utah State Teacher of the Year 1989

Advocacy

Lily was named Utah Teacher of the Year in 1989  for her work as an elementary teacher. She worked with homeless children and gifted children; as a mentor for student teachers; and as a peer assistance team leader in the suburbs of Salt Lake City... read more

Joe Fatheree, Illinois State Teacher of the Year 2007

Joe Fatheree, Illinois State Teacher of the Year 2007

Policy

Joe Fatheree, the 2007 Illinois Teacher of the Year, has been teaching Technology and History at Effingham High School since 1990.  He was the recipient of the NEA’s National Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009, and was awarded the Leaders in... read more

Maddie Fennell, Nebraska State Teacher of the Year 2007

Maddie Fennell, Nebraska State Teacher of the Year 2007

Policy

Madaline (Maddie) Fennell has been an elementary teacher for 23 years. She has served as a leader at the local, state and national level, most recently Chairing the Commission on Effective Teachers and Teaching, presenting at the International... read more

Katie Ferguson, New York State Teacher of the Year 2012

Katie Ferguson, New York State Teacher of the Year 2012

Practice

In 2007, Katie joined the Jessie T. Zoller Elementary School staff as an integrated 2nd grade teacher where an estimated 74% of students are eligibile for free/reduced lunch.  She is still teaching at Zoller today. Her work with independent... read more

Bob Feurer, Nebraska State Teacher of the Year 2011

Bob Feurer, Nebraska State Teacher of the Year 2011

Practice

Bob Feurer has been teaching at North Bend Central High School for the entirety of his 33-year career—“Same room, same desk, same tables!” The 2011 Nebraska Teacher of the Year spends his days teaching biology and global science to 7th-12th... read more

Mike Flynn, Massachusetts State Teacher of the Year 2008

Mike Flynn, Massachusetts State Teacher of the Year 2008

Policy

Mike Flynn is a Director of Mathematics Leadership Programs (formerly SummerMath for Teachers) at Mount Holyoke College. MLP conducts a set of coordinated professional development seminars examining the learning and teaching of mathemat­ics for... read more

Michael Fryda, Nebraska State Teacher of the Year 2010

Michael Fryda, Nebraska State Teacher of the Year 2010

Advocacy

Michael is a science teacher in Omaha, Nebraska.  He was selected for the Knights of Aksarben Teacher Leadership Award in 2008 and Nebraska Teacher of the Year in 2010. Michael has been a Westside High School teacher since 2003.  He is a... read more

Lynn Gaddis, Illinois State Teacher of the Year 1995

Lynn Gaddis, Illinois State Teacher of the Year 1995

Policy

Dr. Lynn Gaddis taught students ages pre-school through high school for 20 years.  She received the 1995 Illinois Teacher of the Year, 1994 Milken Educator in IL, 1995 Illinois State University E. Burton Mercier Alumni Service Award winner and the... read more

Jay Hoffman, Vermont State Teacher of the Year 2013

Jay Hoffman, Vermont State Teacher of the Year 2013

Practice

Jay Hoffman is Vermont’s 2013 State Teacher of the Year and has been recognized through numerous award programs for his innovative incorporation of technology into instruction. A middle school technology and design instructor, Jay has... read more

Marguerite Izzo, New York State Teacher of the Year 2007

Marguerite Izzo, New York State Teacher of the Year 2007

Practice

Ms. Marguerite Izzo, whose teaching career spans over 30 years, is a full-time fifth grade teacher, specializing in English Language Arts, in the Malverne School District, Malverne, New York. Ms. Izzo is an adjunct professor of education at... read more

Pat Jordan, New York State Teacher of the Year 1993

Pat Jordan, New York State Teacher of the Year 1993

Practice

During her thirty-year career in secondary school education, Dr. Jordan  held teaching positions in mathematics, computer science, special education, and community service. She also designed curricula, supervised student teachers, implemented... read more

Alex Kajitani, California State Teacher of the Year 2009

Alex Kajitani, California State Teacher of the Year 2009

Advocacy

Alex Kajitani is the 2009 California Teacher of the Year, and a Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year.  Known around the country as “The Rappin’ Mathematician,” his CDs and Workbooks are being used in thousands of homes and... read more

Kelly Kovacic, California State Teacher of the Year 2010

Kelly Kovacic, California State Teacher of the Year 2010

Policy

Kelly Kovacic believes in the fundamental right of all children to receive a high-quality education. During her ten-year tenure at The Preuss School UCSD, a public charter school serving low income students who will be the first college graduates... read more

Leah Lechleiter Luke, Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year 2010

Leah Lechleiter Luke, Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year 2010

Advocacy

Leah, the 2010 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year, is a high school Spanish teacher in Mauston, Wisconsin. Throughout her twenty-one year teaching career Leah has taken advantage of her dual certification in English and Spanish and has taught children in... read more

David Lussier, Massachusetts State Teacher of the Year 2000

David Lussier, Massachusetts State Teacher of the Year 2000

Policy, Practice

David is serving as Superintendent of Wellesley Public Schools.  He was a high school history teacher in Massachusetts, where he earned National Board Certification and was named the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year in 2000. A White House... read more

Ralph Maltese, Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year 2002

Ralph Maltese, Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year 2002

Ralph Maltese, Pennsylvania’s 2002 Teacher of the Year, received his B.S. in Education from Villanova University in 1968 and his M.A. in English from Indiana University in 1970.  In that same year he began teaching high school English at Abington... read more

Justin Minkel, Arkansas State Teacher of the Year 2007

Justin Minkel, Arkansas State Teacher of the Year 2007

Policy

Justin Minkel teaches 2nd grade at Jones Elementary in Northwest Arkansas, a school where 85% of the students are English Learners and 98% live in poverty.  Justin is the 2007 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, a 2006 Milken Educator, and a 2000 Teach... read more

Tony Mullen, Connecticut and National Teacher of the Year 2009

Tony Mullen, Connecticut and National Teacher of the Year 2009

Practice

Tony Mullen, Connecticut and National Teacher of the Year 2009, has been teaching special education teacher at the ARCH school in Greenwich, CT for the past twelve years. In addition to teaching his students, Mullen provides professional... read more

Leslie Nicholas, Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year 2004

Leslie Nicholas, Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year 2004

Leslie Nicholas received the 2013 NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence at a gala in Washington, D.C. considered to be the Academy Awards for public education. He also received the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.  This past... read more

Josh Parker, Maryland State Teacher of the Year 2012

Josh Parker, Maryland State Teacher of the Year 2012

Practice

Josh Parker, the 2012 Maryland State  Teacher of the Year, teaches English Language Arts at Windsor Mill Middle School, where he also serves as Department Chair for English/Reading/World Languages .  He was recently named  a Horace Mann Awardee... read more

Tui Peau, American Samoa Teacher of the Year 1989

Tui Peau, American Samoa Teacher of the Year 1989

Policy

Tui Peau is the 1989 American Samoa Territorial Teacher of the Year.  Currently serving  as the Program Director for Teacher Induction at the American Samoa Department of Education,  Peau holds a B.A. from Chaminade University, Hawaii, and a M.A.... read more

Christopher Poulos, Connecticut State Teacher of the Year 2007

Christopher Poulos, Connecticut State Teacher of the Year 2007

Advocacy

Chris has worked extensively in the fields of Spanish education, teacher leadership, and community development.  Chris is a full time Spanish teacher at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, CT.  He achieved National Board Certification (WLOE-EAYA)... read more

Kristen Record, Connecticut State Teacher of the Year 2011

Kristen Record, Connecticut State Teacher of the Year 2011

Advocacy

Kristen Record, the 2011 CT TOY, has been a Physics teacher at Bunnell High School in Stratford, CT since 2000.  She was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teacher, the nation’s highest honor for K-12 STEM... read more

Cindi Rigsbee, North Carolina State Teacher of the Year 2009

Cindi Rigsbee, North Carolina State Teacher of the Year 2009

Advocacy

Cindi Rigsbee is a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of English/Language Arts. The 2008-2009 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Cindi was a finalist for National Teacher of the Year in 2009. She works to inspire teachers by writing... read more

Marcia Ritter, Missouri State Teacher of the Year 1995

Marcia Ritter, Missouri State Teacher of the Year 1995

Advocacy

Marcia Ritter is a family and consumer sciences educator from Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  Marcia taught middle school and high school FCS students for 30 years and university FCS Education undergraduate and graduate students for 7 years.  She is... read more

Edna Rogers, Tennessee State Teacher of  the Year 1989

Edna Rogers, Tennessee State Teacher of the Year 1989

Advocacy

Edna devoted almost forty years of her professional life to teaching our youngest students, at the pre-school and elementary levels.  She is a highly recognized educator, having earned a Presidential Math and Science Award, is an inductee into the... read more

Kevin Rutter, Illinois Teacher of the Year 2010

Kevin Rutter, Illinois Teacher of the Year 2010

Practice

Kevin Rutter has been a teacher for 15 years and currently serves as the Department Chair for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at Carl Schurz High School, a neighborhood, Chicago Public School.  He will be going into his 12th year at... read more

Michelle M. Shearer, Maryland and National Teacher of the Year 2011

Michelle M. Shearer, Maryland and National Teacher of the Year 2011

Policy, Practice

Michelle Shearer currently teaches Advanced Placement chemistry to tenth through twelfth grade students at Urbana High School in Frederick County.  She  earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Princeton University and a master’s degree... read more

Lee Ann Stephens, Minnesota State Teacher of the Year 2007

Lee Ann Stephens, Minnesota State Teacher of the Year 2007

Advocacy

Lee Ann Stephens is the Minnesota State Teacher of the Year 2007 and has been an educator for 23 years. She spent her first 12 years of teaching in the Minneapolis Public Schools and the remainder in the St. Louis Park Schools and has taught grades... read more

Carol Strickland, Kansas State Teacher of the Year 1999

Carol Strickland, Kansas State Teacher of the Year 1999

Advocacy

Carol Strickland has taught middle school, high school, community college, university, and technical colleges courses for forty plus years.  She currently is an instructor in the Teachers College at Emporia State University and an adjunct... read more

Rebecca Snyder, Pennsylvania State Teacher of the Year 2009

Rebecca Snyder, Pennsylvania State Teacher of the Year 2009

Policy, Practice

Rebecca Snyder chairs the Language Arts Department and teaches English at Greater Latrobe Senior High School in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.  A fifteen year veteran of the classroom, Mrs. Snyder has taught multiple grade levels and courses as both a... read more

De Tonack, Nebraska State Teacher of the Year 1998

De Tonack, Nebraska State Teacher of the Year 1998

Practice

De is a semi-retired middle and high school teacher of mathematics, alternative education, and physics. She holds a B.A. double endorsement in mathematics and English; masters in mathematics education and  Ph.D. De is a USA Today Outstanding... read more

Leigh VandenAkker, Utah State Teacher of the Year 2012

Leigh VandenAkker, Utah State Teacher of the Year 2012

Practice

Leigh M. VandenAkker is Utah’s 2012 Teacher of The Year and winner of Utah’s 2011 Golden Apple Award.  As co-author of Techniques for Tough Times TM, Leigh has trained teachers nationwide, providing insight and support by educating teachers in... read more

Sarah Brown Wessling, Iowa and National Teacher of the Year 2010

Sarah Brown Wessling, Iowa and National Teacher of the Year 2010

Practice

Sarah Brown Wessling is a high school English teacher at Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa. She shares half of each day with the Teaching Channel where she serves as their Teacher Laureate to help fulfill their mission of elevating and... read more

Bob Williams, Alaska State Teacher of the Year 2009

Bob Williams, Alaska State Teacher of the Year 2009

Practice

Bob Williams began his teaching career as a Peace Corps teacher in Gambia, Africa. He achieved National Board Certification (Math – AYA) in 2011 and currently teaches Geometry, Algebra 1, intervention Math Strategies and two AP Calculus courses at... read more

Jennifer Williams, Idaho State Teacher of the Year 2002

Jennifer Williams, Idaho State Teacher of the Year 2002

Practice

Jennifer Williams, the 2002 Idaho Teacher of the Year, has been a 41 year Art Educator. She earned her BFA in Art Education from Mississippi State University and her Master’s Degree in Art from Boise State University.  She retired in 2007 after... read more

Maryann Woods-Murphy, New Jersey State Teacher of the Year 2010

Maryann Woods-Murphy, New Jersey State Teacher of the Year 2010

Advocacy

Woods-Murphy is a Spanish teacher entering her 34th year of teaching, currently at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, New Jersey. In 2011, Woods-Murphy served as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow in the Office of the Secretary at the... read more


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