Two western Kentucky educators are being recognized for their teaching programs. The annual ING Unsung Heroes Awards Program awarded $2,000 each in grant money to Keri Dowdy and Ruth McClure....
Unsung Heroes / National Teacher of the Year
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Maryland Teacher Takes First Place in National ING Unsung Heroes Awards® Competition
Allison Butler, a teacher at Glen Burnie High School in Glen Burnie, Md., has received the first-place prize in the national 2013 ING Unsung Heroes® awards program. Through this program, ING U.S. awards grants to educators throughout the U.S. for innovative teaching ideas. As the first-place winner, selected from nearly 1,300 applications, Butler received $25,000 to add to her initial $2,000 grant, bringing her grant total to $27,000 to help fund “Art at the Speed of Light.” Presenting the award was Chuck Williams, vice president, at ING U.S.
Minnesota teacher takes second place in the 2013 ING Unsung Heroes Program
Eric Songer, a teacher at Chaska Middle School West in Chaska, Minn., received the second-place prize in the national 2013 ING Unsung Heroes® awards program.Through this program, ING U.S. awards grants to educators throughout the U.S. for innovative teaching ideas. As the second-place winner, selected from nearly 1,300 applications, Songer received $10,000 to add to his initial $2,000 grant, bringing his grant total to $12,000 to help fund “The Next Generation of Music.” Presenting the award was Fern Shackelford vice president at ING U.S.
2013 National Teacher of the Year Jeff Charbonneau
President Barack Obama presents the 2013 National Teacher of the Year Award to Jeffrey Charbonneau, a high school Chemistry, Physics and Engineering teacher in Zillah, Washington. ING U.S. is a national sponsor of the National Teacher of the Year program.