Wessling is a tenth- through twelfth-grade English teacher at Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa.
Earlier this year, Wessling was honored by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony where he praised her innovative teaching style and dedication to mentoring others new to the profession.
The National Teacher of the Year program, a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers, is the oldest and most prestigious award program for teachers. Sponsored by the ING Foundation and Target, it focuses public attention on teaching excellence.
“Wessling is a shining example of how teachers can transform the way students feel about learning. She inspires her students by the way she inserts real-life, relevant examples into her English lessons. She motivates them to reach their maximum potential.”
Dennis Van Roekel, NEA President
“Lead learning doesn’t determine the worth of a moment, day or endeavor based on the answers but rather on the questions that drive us to wonder.”
Sarah Brown Wessling, English teacher, Johnston High School, Johnston, Iowa.
The National Education Association is the nations largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.