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OUTREACH:No Foolin'! We Have a "Hall of Fame" Educator at NOAA!

Published April 2016

On Friday, April 1 the National Teachers Hall of Fame announced that June Teisan in NOAA’s Office of Education was one of five educators selected from across the nation as a 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee.

The surprise announcement was made at the National Science Teachers Association annual conference in Nashville where June was conducting professional development sessions on behalf of NOAA. Surrounded by her NOAA colleagues, fellow NOAA Teacher at Sea alumni, and many other friends attending the conference, June received a plaque, a gold lapel pin, and words of high praise for her years of dedicated service from the National Teachers Hall of Fame Executive Director, Carol Strickland. NOAA colleagues Bob Hansen and Jeannine Montgomery from the Office of Education worked with Carol to coordinate the surprise announcement.

June taught science to middle schoolers for 27 years in the metro-Detroit area. During her career June received the White House Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching and was named the 2008 Michigan Teacher of the Year, but she is most proud of the work her urban student scientists did conducting field research on the lakes and shorelines of Michigan. Connecting students to the natural world and fostering environmental stewardship skills was a top priority for June, and she authored thousands of dollars in grants to enable her “kids” to get outside the classroom and actively explore and investigate real-world challenges.

June was invited to the Office of Education in September 2014 as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow and has continued her work assisting with outreach, curriculum development, and other educator support efforts.

The National Teachers Hall of Fame ( was founded in Emporia, Kansas in 1989 to “recognize and honor exceptional career teachers, encourage excellence in teaching, and preserve the rich heritage of the teaching profession in the United States through a museum, teacher resource center, and recognition program which honors five of the nation’s most outstanding preK-12 educators each year.”

June and her fellow inductees will participate in induction events and celebrations this summer in Washington, D.C., at the Hall of Fame Museum on the campus of Emporia State University, and in Kansas City, Missouri. The National Teachers Hall of Fame is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and the 100+ past honorees from across 38 states are invited to join in this year’s alumni gala.

Congratulations June!

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