The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has awarded the 2016 High School Teacher of Excellence Award to Monroe-Woodbury High School English teacher Michelle G. Bulla. She is a member of the New York State English Council and one of 10 high school teachers nationwide recognized this year. Bulla is the only New York recipient.
Established in 2001 by the NCTE Secondary Section, this award recognizes and celebrates high school classroom teachers. Bulla accepted her award on November 19 during the 2016 NCTE Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been teaching in Monroe-Woodbury for 20 years and serves as the chair of the district’s high school English Department.
“To be recognized by my colleagues and others around the state for the quality of my life’s work is a great honor. I believe the work we do as educators to help students to learn, to understand what they stand for, and to teach them to think critically and globally is one of the most significant ways we can build a better world. I am grateful to the past 20 years’ of students who have helped me to become the teacher I am today, the mentors and support systems I have had throughout, and those who went out of their way to make this happen for me. This experience has been simultaneously humbling and exciting, and I can’t think of a more gratifying way to celebrate 20 years at MWHS.”
The National Council of Teachers of English, with 30,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. For more information, please visit http://www.ncte.org.