Perea Brown-Blackmon Surprised in Her Classroom
WASHINGTON, DC – In recognition of outstanding teaching and professional leadership, both within and beyond the classroom, Perea Brown-Blackmon has been named as 2012 District of Columbia Teacher of the Year.
Brown-Blackmon learned of the honor Friday (Dec. 9) in a surprise classroom visit by Mayor Vincent C. Gray, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown, State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Deputy Mayor for Education De'Shawn Wright.
"Perea Brown-Blackmon is a shining example of not only how an exceptional teacher operates, but how exceptional teaching can be rewarded" said Mayor Gray. "I am proud that such a deserving teacher is receiving this honor to recognize what makes teaching excellent in our great city."
A Montessori specialist for grades 3-4 at Langdon Education Campus and a 2011-12 Rubenstein Award recipient for Highly Effective Teaching, Brown-Blackmon has been praised by parents and colleagues for her innovative teaching style, culturally relevant lessons and hands-on projects to stimulate classroom learning while creatively introducing young students to science, math, technology, writing and interpersonal communication.
She has taught at Langdon Education Campus for 17 years. During her tenure she has also served in varied roles, including Langdon cheerleading coach, step team advisor, mass choir director, lead teacher, and grade level chairperson.
"The 2012 District of Columbia Teacher of the Year Award validates the extraordinary sacrifices our teachers make to ensure student success," said Mahaley. "Perea Brown-Blackmon is a true ambassador for the profession and today reflects what teachers throughout the District can aspire to be."