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2015 National Teacher of the Year
Shanna Peeples taught middle and high school English in low-income schools in Amarillo, Texas for 14 years. Beginning this school year, Shanna is the ELA curriculum specialist for her district where she designs professional development experiences and co-creates curriculum with more than 200 secondary English Language Arts teachers. She encourages them to be “The Lorax” for their classrooms and speak for those who have no voice in many policy making arenas: children. She believes in teacher leadership and teacher-led reform and champions that effort through her involvement with the National Network of State Teachers of the Year. A former reporter for the Amarillo Globe-News, Shanna won awards for reporting on health issues, schools, and music criticism. She co-authored the book Best Lesson Series - Literature: 15 Master Teachers Share What Works.