By Catherine Birdwell, Client Research Analyst
and Sacha Chiniara, Managing Editor
Earlier this year, the Council of Chief State School Officers named Shanna Peeples the 2015 National Teacher of the Year. Peeples is an exceptional educator with a remarkable story. She teaches English in Amarillo, Texas at a high-poverty Title I school. Many of the students come from non-English speaking households. In addition to AP English, she teaches English as a Second Language and Special Education to students who may not have ever used a Western kitchen, let alone known the English word for it.