John Legend Celebrates the Legacy of Real Heros

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In a first ever attempt to recognize extraordinary teachers, PEOPLE magazine hosted PEOPLE’s 2012 Teacher of the Year awards at a luncheon at the Time Life building in New York on Wednesday. Celebrity singer, John Legend was on hand to celebrate the first class of winners.

Ealier this year, Legend served on the advisory board, along with Educators who had the pleasure of filtering through countless applications. “An effective school, with great teachers, can change the trajectory of a kid’s life”, exclaims Legend.

During the celebration Legend stated, “I am so inspired by the work of the teachers we honored. Having great teachers is the single most important factor in giving our kids a great education, and it’s crucial that we recognize and reward the excellent work teachers do and give them the tools they need to succeed,”

As an educator it is awesome to see that social mediums are beginning to highlight the efforts of individuals who have for so long been undermined as professionals. I will be sure to follow the application process for next year. I am certain that my followers would like to recognize the innovation, commitment, and kindess of educators right here in our very own backyard.

Congrats to the 2012 Winners:
Robert J. Vega, the band director at Rauner College Prep in Chicago, a campus of the Noble Street Charter School.

Jennifer Bohn teaches leadership development to at-risk students and is the coordinator of the International Baccalaureate program at Maynard Evans High School in Orlando, Florida.

Elizabeth Curran, a special education teacher at Richards Elementary School in Newport, New Hampshire.

Arwen Imai Matthews teaches introductory physics and chemistry to 8th graders at KIPP 3D Academy Middle School in Houston.

Brian Copes, a pre-engineering teacher at Calera High School in Calera, Alabama.

In the meantime shoot me an email to info@keey2kids if you would like to highlight an amazing teacher in your school community.


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