Sean McComb, an inspired high school English teacher and the 2014 National Teacher of the Year, will be a featured speaker at the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools ceremony November 10 – 11 in Washington, DC.
McComb, who will speak at 9:45 am on Tuesday, November 11, has taught English Language Arts at Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts in Baltimore for eight years. His NBRS speech will address “Sparking Hope: Teaching as a Catalyst to Launching Great Learning.”
With his wife Sarah, McComb started and directed an Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID program. AVID, now boasting 10 teachers at Patapsco, helps students with the potential to succeed in demanding high school courses and attend college. McComb credits a high school television and theater advisor with helping him realize his potential by finding his voice as a writer. McComb sees literature as an essential way to explore who we are. He is also an adjunct instructor in education and writing at Towson University.
McComb is the 62nd and, at 30, one of the youngest ever National Teacher of the Year. Teachers are selected for this honor by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).