Alta Vista teacher Marciano Gutierrez named as Teacher Ambassador !
Yesterday, the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the names of 12 teachers selected to serve as Teaching Ambassador Fellows for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year. Five teachers will become full-time employees at Department of Education headquarters in Washington, D.C., one will work full-time in the department’s Seattle regional office, and six will remain in their classrooms and participate on a part-time basis.
“It is critical that we work collaboratively with teachers to develop policies that will truly transform and elevate the teaching profession,” Duncan said. “I am proud of the work our Teaching Ambassadors have done to talk with and listen to other teachers across the country as well as the direct input they have given staff. I look forward to working with this year’s Teaching Ambassador Fellows to take this good work to the next level.”
Now entering its fifth year, the Teaching Ambassador Fellowship program was created to give outstanding teachers an opportunity to learn about national policy issues in education, and to contribute their expertise to those discussions. In turn, Fellows share what they’ve learned with other teachers in their professional networks, contributing to a larger understanding of federal initiatives and encouraging broader input into policy and programs designed to improve education at all levels of government.
This year’s 12 fellows were selected from 625 applications from teachers and instructional specialists from traditional public and charter schools to alternative and private schools, from nearly every State, grade level and instructional area, and who teach in a wide variety of urban, rural, and suburban settings.
Six teachers will work full-time for the Department. The five Washington Fellows at headquarters include Marciano Gutierrez, a social studies teacher at Alta Vista High School, an alternative school in Mountain View, California, who will work on teacher quality issues in the Office of the Secretary.
Mountain View Los Altos High School District Superintendent Dr. Barry R. Groves commented that it “is an honor for Marciano and the Mountain View Los Altos School district for his selection to this position. I cannot think of a more thoughtful passionate advocate for the education of all students.”
Marciano Gutierrez said of his award, “I have made it my life’s goal to provide a quality education to children, especially to those from neighborhoods similar to my own. As a teacher, I hope to accomplish this at a micro-level by providing my students with quality instruction and high expectations.” “As a Washington Teaching ambassador Fellow, I hope to accomplish this at a macro-level by informing policy which helps attract and retain our best teachers in schools which serve our most vulnerable student populations.”