DP teacher wins top honor in the United States


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History teacher Kurt Russell has been selected as the 2022 National Teacher of the Year. He was chosen out of four finalists by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

Born and raised in Oberlin, Ohio, Mr Russell has been teaching for over 25 years. He currently teaches at Oberlin High School, the same school he attended as a child, where he is also the head varsity basketball coach and advisor to the Black Student Union (BSU). He was inspired to become a teacher by Mr Larry Thomas, the first Black male teacher he ever had.

As the 2022 National Teacher of the Year, Mr Russell was recently hosted by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at the White House.

Mr Russell teaches African American history; U.S. history; IB History of the Americas; and Race, Gender and Oppression.

“I am truly humbled and honored to be selected as the 2022 National Teacher of the Year,” Russell said via a CCSSO news release. “With this recognition, I hope to bring attention and awareness to the importance of diverse faculty and representative curriculum that helps students feel more empowered in their education.”

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