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

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


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

I find myself at various intersections of work. Always, as some extension of the classroom, my work finds its way into professional development, advocacy and scholarship.

As a high school teacher English teacher, I exercise my passion for literacy and the ways in which I can help students become more autonomous thinkers.  As Teacher Laureate for Teaching Channel, I open the doors to my classroom in hopes it will spark thinking and more deliberate practice.

Most recently, I have begun a series of Webinars and videos for the Teaching Channel that focus on implementation of the Common Core Student Standards.  I believe that, through this work, I am making a difference in the practice of many teachers, and therefore impacting the learning of students in a broader sense.

Whether as a blogger, the host of PBS’ Teaching Channel Presents or as a consultant, my goal is to bring teacher voice to the conversations about education that impact us all.

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 celebrating teachers.

Sarah is also author of Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards and delivers professional development around the country.

She says, “A few years ago, I was prompted to reflect on and articulate my dream for my students.  My dream for my students is that each of them recognizes their potential and recognizes the challenge in realizing that goal .  I hope each student will generate confidence, practice empathy, and cultivate an intrinsic love of learning."





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