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Former Cedar Falls teacher named national teacher of the year

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DES MOINES (KWWL) – Johnston Community School District teacher Sarah Brown Wessling will be named the 2010 National Teacher of the Year by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on Thursday.  

Wessling was named the 2010 Iowa Teacher of the Year by the Iowa Department of Education. Former student and past Johnston school district board member Tyler Buller nominated Wessling for the Iowa teaching award. In his nomination letter, he wrote, "I find myself craving the same lifelong learning that drives Sarah to connect with students and constantly seek to improve her own knowledge and education." He noted she has had a long-term positive impact on all her students. 

Wessling has taught at Johnston High School for 10 years, where she is chairperson of the English department. Wessling also taught in the Cedar Falls Community School District for one year. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education and a Master of Arts degree in English from Iowa State University. She was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society and the Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts and Sciences Honor Society. Wessling is a National Board Certified Teacher and has received the Iowa Governor's Scholastic "Favorite Teacher Award" recognition, the Future Leader in Education Award, and the Promising Teacher Award from the Iowa Council of Teachers of English.

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