North Dakota State Teacher of the Year, 2012
Brenda Werner, Ph.D. is the 2012 North Dakota Teacher of the Year and currently the Director of Graduate Education Programs at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND where she leads the Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Werner taught middle and high school English for twenty-four years in Minnesota and North Dakota before moving into teacher preparation. In 2014 she was given the NEA Foundation California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence and was a Global Fellow to China. Werner believes that when teachers develop strong relationships with their students and actively engage them in authentic and challenging learning at their level, anything is possible. She has led extensive K-12 professional development on differentiated instruction, brain-based learning, reading instruction strategies, global education, and college readiness. Professor Werner says the favorite aspect of her job is showing educators the immense impact they can have in empowering each student entrusted to their care.
Member of NNSTOY
We are a network of State Teachers of the Year and Finalists who use our teacher leadership to ensure that every student receives an outstanding education. We do this through our focus on practice, policy and advocacy.We Believe...
- Every student has a right to a high-quality education, regardless of background, race, gender, disability or socio-economic status.
- To achieve educational excellence for all students, we must transform and support the teaching profession.
- It is imperative that we involve our nation’s expert teachers in conversations about improving education.
- Teacher leaders will transform the teaching profession and create, implement and sustain systems to solve our toughest educational challenges.
- We must prepare our country’s future workforce to be competitive in a global economy and participate in a diverse, democratic country.
- Educators must partner with families and communities on behalf of our nation’s children.