It’s not often a teacher receives recognition for a job well done – and certainly not on the national level.
But that’s exactly what happened this past summer when Keith Teller, Oakland Schools Technical Campus – Northeast (OSTC-NE) Computer Networking instructor, was named a 2018 U.S. President Scholar’s Most Influential Teacher by the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
Last school year, one of Teller’s students, Mikal Goodman, was one out of 161 high school seniors in the nation to receive the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholar award from the U.S. Department of Education. He was one out of 20 students in the entire country to receive the honor in the Career and Technical Education section of the award program.
As a result of garnering this award, Goodman was invited to be honored in Washington D.C. He was also asked to pick a teacher he felt influenced him. That teacher was Teller.
From June 24-26, Goodman and Teller both went to Washington D.C. to be recognized.
“It was quite an honor, certainly one of the nicer honors of my teaching career,” said Teller.
Teller added the days were mostly dedicated to having the students attend a variety of events and ended with a ceremony where they were both recognized. Teller and Goodman were also able to spend some time touring Washington D.C. together. After, Goodman left straight from Washington D.C. and moved to California to pursue new career opportunities. Teller said the two still email from time to time and Goodman is thriving.
“I was really, really glad to be there for Mikal,” Teller explained. “It was a thrill for me to be there as the person to cheer him on and acknowledge all he had done to earn this honor.”
Sarah Davis is the communications specialist for Oakland Schools.