Literally, back of a napkin because I’m at a coffee shop.
Congrats to Jeff Charbonneau on being awarded National Teacher of the Year. I’m not very familiar with how they’re chosen (read: not at all familiar). But I was curious so I looked up some info on the program and did some counting. I have no idea what to conclude, but I found it interesting.
Since 1952 when the award was first given to Geraldine Jones, roughly 37% of the awardees were men, which comes close to the relative proportion of men to women in K-12 teaching at 1:4, or 25%.
If we look at grade level, 24% were elementary teachers, 21% in middle school or junior high, and 55% at the high school level, including the most recent recipient. I’d have to look up a few others who were simply listed as “special education” and one other in a “K-10 self-contained” classroom. Did not know how to count that. But overall, kind of interesting that a huge majority are high school teachers.
Food for thought.