Shanna Peeples, a high school English teacher in Amarillo, Texas who works with students facing poverty and traumas related to their immigration to the United States was named the 2015 National Teacher of the Year. Amarillo is a city known for its efforts to welcome refugees from war-torn countries. Over the past several years, it has received the highest number of refugees per capita across the nation and Peeples has dedicated herself to working diligently with students from these families.

Peeples will spend a year travelling the country to represent educators and advocate on behalf of teachers. She also hopes to use the opportunity to shape the conversation about reaching students in poverty, as well as those who have faced other extreme challenges, with new and innovative teaching methods. “I hope to remind people that public school teachers are amazing, dedicated, hard-working, smart and gifted people,” she said. “There are great things (at schools across the country) that happen every day. It’s not flashy or dramatic.” (Source : The Dallas Morning News).