AMS Language Arts Teacher Michelle Best wins National Awar

WASHINGTON, DC September 15, 2012:  Michelle Best, an 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher, at Austintown
Middle School, received two awards at the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences annual Bammy Awards Gala at the Arena Theater in Washington, DC.  Best, an educational leader, both in Austintown and nationally, was nominated by Victoria Risko, past president of the International Reading Association.  This nomination, along with significant online voting support, earned Best both the Academy’s Award for Middle School Teacher of the year and a People’s Voice Award for the same category.

Michelle’s work in the classroom and the profession, have earned her ongoing recognition as she was also honored by
the Ohio Council of Teachers of English as the Language Arts Teacher of the Year in 2012.  When asked about her
driving commitment to the profession, Best said that “I am passionate about reaching kids and the best way for me to
achieve that is to have constant access to the latest instructional strategies and to continue to learn myself.”

Best is highly active in both state and national Language Arts organizations including being president of W.R.O.T.E,
the Western Reserve of Ohio  Teachers of English, and the  president-elect of the Mahoning Valley Council of the
International Reading Association.  Daniel Bokesch, Director of Instruction with the Austintown Schools, said of Best
receiving the award that “The award is just a small reflection of the incredible hard work and effort that Michelle puts into being an exemplary teacher.”

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