Buffalo Teacher Honored During Week At Nation's Capital

Buffalo teacher Amy Pierson (on his left) with President Barack Obama at a recent event honoring the Teachers Of The Year from each state, territory and the District of Columbia. Photo courtesy Amy Pierson.

Amy Pierson, a fourth grade teacher at Cloud Peak Elementary School in Buffalo, recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to be honored as the 2016 Wyoming Teacher Of The Year, and to be part of the naming of the 2016 National Teacher Of The Year.

Pierson, who was in the Nation's Capital during the first week of May, tells us more about those being honored during the National Teacher Of The Year events.

Pierson said the teachers have been busy since January where the whole Teacher Of The Year process began in San Antonio, Texas with training and “developing their stories and finding their voices.”
Pierson has been working with the Wyoming Department of Education and the University of Wyoming and speaking at different events around the state in preparation for the week in Washington, D.C.

The week was packed full of events, according to Pierson, including a meet and greet with Vice President Joe Biden at his home; and a visit “behind the scenes” at the Smithsonian Institution.

The teachers spent time setting up computers given to them by Microsoft, and had policy briefings from the US Department of Education so the teachers could bring new policies back to their home districts that will be taking effect in the near future.

Pierson also met with Wyoming's Congressional Delegation, Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Representative Cynthia Lummis.

Then the highlight of the week was the trip to the White House where the teachers met President Barack Obama and were on-hand for the presentation for the National Teacher Of The Year award, that went to Jahana Hayes of Connecticut.

Pierson explained how she wants to use the experience in the future.

For the White House video of the National Teacher of the Year event, click: https://www.whitehouse.gov/photo...