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“To Want for Someone Else’s Child What You Would Want for Your Own”– 2011 Teacher of the Year Michelle Shearer on the Essence of Teaching

Michelle Shearer flanked by President Obama and Education Secretary Duncan

Michelle Shearer flanked by President Obama and Education Secretary Duncan

Valedictorian of her high school and a Princeton University undergraduate, Michelle Shearer was discouraged by her peers for wanting to “waste” her brilliance by teaching. But something tugged at Shearer, the daughter of a teacher, and she found herself, while completing her degree at Princeton, an avid and committed volunteer at the New Jersey School for the Deaf.

Today Shearer teaches AP Chemistry in Frederick Maryland after spending a year as the 2011 National Teacher of the Year. Her powerful, funny, and affirming talk at the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools ceremony is now available as streaming audio or for download. (The talk is 56 minutes long; downloading it as a podcast is recommended.)

Michelle Shearer with AP Chemistry students

Michelle Shearer with AP Chemistry students

Download a transcript: Michelle Shearer NBRS 2012 (pdf).

You can follow Michelle Shearer at her NTOY website at www.fcps.org/ntoy or contact her at shearer2011NTOY@gmail.com