From Nevada Department of Education:
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga today announced that the upcoming 2014 Nevada Teacher of the Year award will be named in honor of Michael Landsberry, the Sparks Middle School teacher who lost his life trying to stop a shooter at the school and protect his students.
"Michael Landsberry, like all outstanding teachers in Nevada, came to school each day prepared to inspire a love of learning in his classroom," said Erquiaga. "On his last day as a teacher, Michael demonstrated an extraordinary level of dedication to his students and professional poise during a time of crisis. I want to recognize his service and sacrifice by presenting the 2014 Michael Landsberry Teacher of the Year award."
Applications for the 2014 award were due October 1, 2013. The recipient has been identified and will be announced later this month during an event attended by Superintendent Erquiaga, Governor Sandoval and representatives from the award recipient's school district. Mr. Landsberry's widow was notified by Erquiaga about the award and supports the decision to name the award after her late husband.
ABOUT THE TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD:
Any licensed teacher currently teaching in a classroom from kindergarten through grade twelve and working full-time at an accredited school may be nominated for the Nevada Teacher of the Year award. This state program is affiliated with the National Teacher of the Year program, the oldest and most prestigious awards program designed to focus public attention on excellence in teaching. The program mission is to select outstanding classroom teachers who are also able to speak for, motivate, and exemplify the contributions of all teachers.
Candidates for the award should be skillful, dedicated teachers who plan to actively continue classroom teaching. They should take an active role in their community, as well as in their school, and demonstrate professional poise and speak articulately. One of the most important criterions in evaluating nominees is their innovation and ability to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.
The 2013 Nevada Teacher of the Year is Adam Whatley, a teacher at Carson High School.
From Nevada Department of Education