President Obama Honors 2010 National Teacher Of The Year

President Obama said today that one student of this year's National Teacher of the Year reports that she runs a classroom in which "no discussion was fruitless, no discussion was pointless, and not one day was boring." "I'm not sure I could have said that when I was in school," the president added before bestowing the national award on English teacher Sarah Brown Wessling of Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa. Wessling, who incorporates songs and Facebook into her lesson plans, said, "When I look in a classroom, I see a story in every learner, unique and yearning to be read." In reciting Wessling's qualifications for the award, Obama said her students "don't just write five-paragraph essays, but they write songs, public service announcements, film storyboards, even grant proposals for their own not-for-profit organizations." Teachers of the year from all 50 states attended the ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.