National teacher

President Barack Obama presented chemistry teacher, Michelle Shearer of Ijamsville, Maryland, with the US 2011 National Teacher of the Year. The Urbana High School teacher was honored by the President on May 3, making her the second Maryland teacher in five years to receive the national award. Shearer was named winner of the Maryland regional finals in October 2010 and became a national finalist in January to compete against teachers from Florida, Illinois and Montana. Shearer has been a teacher for 14 years having taught at the Maryland School for the Deaf for four years followed by a decade teaching chemistry at Urbana. Her husband teaches Advanced Placement physics at the same school and several former students have returned as fellow members of staff. "She embodies the best in American education. She is the teacher you don't forget," said Urbana principal Kathy Campagnoli.