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Contact: Danie Schallom, email@example.com, 703-799-5082; Fax: 703-799-5212; (please write "Teacher of the Year" in the subject line); Address: Mount Vernon Education Department, P.O. Box 110, Mount Vernon, VA 22121
Brian’s path to the classroom is not a typical one. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and Government from the University of Notre Dame, and then went on to receive his law degree from Duke. After practicing law for several years in our nation’s capital, Brian changed course, and earned a master’s in secondary education from George Washington University.
He now teaches in the most impoverished area of the nation’s capitol, where one half of the adults are illiterate, and more than 75% of the students in his school qualify for Title I funding. He teaches in an open-admission school, where the 100% African America student body arrives with no specially pre-selected skills or talents. As he wrote in his nomination, his AP History class is open to any student who wants to take it, as long as they are willing to do the work. Brian believes that every student is interested in American history although some don’t realize it at first because they don’t understand what it means to learn history. Brian has produced high success rates in student passing scores on AP exams for a number of years, with approximately half of his students passing with a 3 or better, and nearly every students earning a 2 or better.