For Second Straight Year, the Nation's Top Teacher Is a UW Grad
Michael Geisen, '96
National Teacher of the Year Michael Geisen, ’96. Photo by Brent McGregor Photography.

Michael Geisen, ’96, a seventh-grade science teacher from Prineville, Ore., was named the National Teacher of the Year at an April 30 ceremony at the White House. Remarkably, it was the second consecutive year in which a member of the UW’s class of ’96 had won the honor. Andrea Peterson, ’96, who teaches music at Monte Cristo Elementary School in Granite Falls, Wa., took home the crystal apple in 2007. Geisen, a former forester who came to teaching only seven years ago, is known for his eclectic style in the classroom. He uses music and other creative means to get his students excited about science.

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