‘Most Influential’ Teacher: Melissa Brown


Riverton High math teacher and UEA Board Member Melissa Brown received an honor bestowed upon few teachers in the U.S.

Riverton High senior Andrew Johnson was recently named one of 141 national Presidential Scholars. Johnson named Brown his “most influential teacher.”

”AJ is a phenomenal student who is very deserving of this honor, and it has been a privilege to work with him over the last three years,” said Brown. "I am honored AJ would recognize me as his most influential teacher. AJ is one in a million and will truly change the world.”

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President Obama, selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Of the three million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 3,300 candidates qualified for the 2012 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, and through nominations made by Chief State School Officers or the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts nationwide YoungArts™ competition.

Each Presidential Scholar is offered the opportunity to invite his or her most inspiring and challenging teacher to the annual ceremony where they are honored with a Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education. The 2012 ceremony will be held June 16, when each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.

Additional information and a complete list of winners is available on the U.S. Department of Education website.

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