2022 Teacher of the Year Winners

2022 National Magnet Principal of the Year

Clinton McCracken
Howard Middle School
Orange County Public Schools
Orlando, Florida

Clinton McCracken’s experience with art led him into this role because studying art was his pathway out of poverty and to higher education. He became a teacher because he is passionate about art and the difference it can make in students’ lives. McCracken also loves the energy of middle school students and how ready they are to soak in new information and ideas. 

He says his greatest contributions as a magnet teacher have been at the individual student level. McCracken works hard to build strong relationships and a positive classroom community creating a space for students to take risks with their art. “I think students would say my art room is a calming haven. I live for the moments where I can help students create an artwork they worked hard on and are beaming with pride when they see it displayed for their peers or in an exhibit,” he said.


Congratulations to our 2022 Regional Teachers of the Year!

REGION I

Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, The District of Columbia

MARGARET OQUENDO

Information Technology & Software Engineering

Theme(s): Computer Science
Grade(s): 9-12
Bridgeport Public Schools
Bridgeport, Connecticut

REGION II

Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Marianas Islands and Trust Territory of the Pacific

CLAIRE ROMZEK

Lied STEM Academy

Theme(s): S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
Grade(s): 6-8
Clark County School District
Las Vegas, Nevada

REGION III

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands

CLINTON MCCRACKEN

Howard Middle School

Theme(s): Visual and Performing Arts
Grade(s): 6-8
Orange County Public Schools
Orlando, Florida

REGION IV

Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, International

GREGORY EYMAN

Brentwood Magnet Elementary School of Engineering

Theme(s): Engineering
Grade(s): K-5
Wake County Public School System
Raleigh, North Carolina

REGION V

Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas

MARI GIL

Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet

Theme(s): Foreign Language Immersion
Grade(s): K-5
East Baton Rouge Parish School System
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

REGION VI

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

ELIZABETH CALLAHAN

Cedar River Academy

Theme(s): Sustainability
Grade(s): K-5
Cedar Rapids Community School District
Cedar Rapids, Iowa


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