THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
1998 National Teacher of the Year April 24, 1998
This year's National Teacher of the Year is Philip Bigler. Mr. Bigler entered the teaching profession in 1975, as a history teacher at his alma mater, Oakton High School in Fairfax County, Virginia. In 1982, disillusioned with his career, he left the classroom to become a historian at Arlington National Cemetery. He returned to the classroom in 1985, and since 1991, he has taught Humanities at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia.
Mr. Bigler's innovative and rigorous activities led to his choice as this year's National Teacher of the Year. Interactive historical simulations are the basis of his courses. In World History, his students become members of a Greek polis, and they debate the great issues of the day. While studying Islamic history and culture, they make a sacred pilgrimage to Mecca. In American History and Government, students argue the intricacies of Constitutional law before a mock Supreme Court, conduct the court-martial trial of Lt. William Calley, and wage a campaign for the 1960 presidency.
Mr. Bigler will be joined by his parents, his brother and his sister-in-law.
Fifty-four State Teachers of the Year including teachers from DOD schools, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia will be represented at today's ceremony. They are:
1998 State Teachers of the Year
Pamela Taylor Henson - Alabama Sonja Schmidt - Alaska Peggy Woods - Arizona Charles Rossetti - Arkansas Ginger Brown - California Mark Mavrogianes - Colorado Marianne R. Cavanaugh - Connecticut Harry Kutch - Delaware Brenda Posey - Ramstein, Germany (DoD) Brenda Gwenetta Jenkins - Washington, DC Grace A. Williams - Florida Jamie P. Lipscomb - Georgia Roberta Abaday - Guam Ellen F. Schroeder - Hawaii Glenda Jamison Eubanks - Idaho Steven T. Isoye - Illinois Kimberly D. Giesting - Indiana Ruth Ann Gaines - Iowa Darla Mallein - Kansas Susan B. Stucker - Kentucky Gustavia Evans - Louisiana Joanne DeFilipp Alex - Maine Robert Foor-Hogue - Maryland Mary C. Ginley - Massachusetts Katherine A. Grzesiak - Michigan Neil B. Whitikko - Minnesota Martha G. Hutson - Mississippi Carol Sue Reimann - Missouri Patty Holmes Myers - Montana Patricia Randolph - Nebraska Bonnie Parnell - Nevada Vicki A. Donovan - Beth Rose Neiderman - New Jersey New Hampshire Carolyn Foster - New Mexico Selina Akua Ahoklui - New York
Julian L. Coggins, Jr. - North Carolina Vicki L. Boutiette - Sahn Chiet Lim - Northern Mariana Islands North Dakota
William K. Richey - Ohio Kay A. Long - Oklahoma Nicki Gayle Hudson - Oregon Susan Van Zile - Pennsylvania Yolanda Rodriguez Fraticelli Maureen W. Spaight - - Puerto Rico Rhode Island Christine Fisher - South Carolina Denise Bryan - South Dakota Linda Arms Gilbert - Tennessee Joe Farley - Texas Sharon Holmstrom - Utah Judith L. Allard - Vermont Philip Bigler - Virginia Yvonne Ullas - Washington Susan Barrett - West Virginia Carol Banaszynski - Wisconsin
Mary Ellen Krisko - Wyoming