Gearity Teacher to Participate in NBC News' Education Nation 2012

September 19, 2012
Cleveland Heights, OH

Natalie Wester

Natalie Wester, a second-grade teacher at Gearity Professional Development School, will participate in the third-annual NBC News Education Nation Teacher Town Hall with Brian Williams from noon to 2 P.M. on Sunday, Sept. 23, at the New York Public Library in New York City.

The discussion, dubbed by NBC as the “largest conversation of teachers in the country,” will focus on reinventing America as an Education Nation. It will be streamed live on and broadcast live on MSNBC.

“This conversation about education in our country is of paramount importance,” Superintendent Doug Heuer said. “Natalie is the perfect person to represent our District and teachers across the country. She is an extraordinary person, dedicated to her craft. If given the opportunity, she will articulate teachers’ challenges in thoughtful, intelligent, and meaningful ways.”

Wester is Ohio’s 2010 Teacher of the Year. WKYC Education Reporter Kim Wheeler nominated her to participate in NBC’s national conversation. Wester will not be seated on stage, but she has been told by NBC staff that she will get a front row seat.

“This discussion about how our country prepares students to compete and succeed as adults in the 21st Century must be inclusive of teachers,” Wester said. “It’s laudable that NBC will give us an opportunity to contribute in a very public way on a national stage. I’m looking forward to the conversation and sharing my experiences with my colleagues when I return.”

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