Distinguished Teacher Award winners

2017: Benjamin Rudolph

Benjamin Rudolph, 2017 Distinguished Teacher Award winner

"He was my 6th grade teacher but I like to think of him as the Superhero of Imagination." So began the letter by young Mensan Aiden D., who nominated Benjamin Rudolph for the 2017 Distinguished Teacher Award, which recognizes a teacher's positive influence on the education or life of a Mensa member.

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2016: Tanya Bergantz

Tanya Bergantz, 2016 Distinguished Teacher Award winner

Fourteen-year-old Young Mensan Patrick L's role model, and our Distinguished Teacher of the Year, is Tanya Bergantz, an educator and Mathematics Department Chair at the Whitfield School in St. Louis.

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2014: Andrea Mystrena

Andrea Mystrena, a gifted & talented teacher at Northern Burlington Regional Middle School in Columbus, N.J., is the Mensa Foundation's 2014 Distinguished Teacher Award winner.

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2013: John Otterstedt

John Otterstedt, 2013 Distinguished Teacher Award winner

John Otterstedt, a third-grade teacher at Hawes Elementary School in Ridgewood, N.J., is the Mensa Foundation's 2013 Distinguished Teacher Award winner.

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2012: Arthella Starke

Arthella Starke, a Special Education teacher at Sherwood High School in Sherwood, Ore., is the Mensa Foundation’s 2012 Distinguished Teacher.

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2011: Patrick Coffey

Patrick Coffey, 2011 winner of the Distinguished Teacher Award

Patrick Coffey of Wauwatosa, Wis., received the 2011 Distinguished Teacher Award after being nominated by his student, Melinda Mastel. He is the international relations teacher at Brookfield East High School.

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2010: Heather Jenkins

Heather Jenkins, 2010 winner of the Distinguished Teacher Award

Dearborn, Mich., elementary and charter school teacher Heather Jenkins received the 2010 Distinguished Teacher Award after being nominated by her student, Nicholas Eller.

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2009: Allan Meltzer, Ph.D

Dr. Allan Meltzer, 2009 winner of the Distinguished Teacher Award

Dr. Allan Meltzer, a political economy professor at Carnegie Mellon University, received the Mensa Foundation's Distinguished Teacher Award after being nominated by his former student, Bob Beatty.

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2008: Judy Scruggs

Judy Scruggs, 2008 winner of the Distinguished Teacher Award

Judy Scruggs, a Virginia elementary school teacher, was honored with the Mensa Foundation’s Distinguished Teacher Award in 2008.

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2007: Dr. Patrick Pauken

Dr. Patrick Pauken, 2007 winner of the Distinguished Teacher Award

Dr. Patrick Pauken, an associate professor in the School of Leadership and Policy Studies at Bowling Green State University, received the Mensa Foundation’s Distinguished Teacher Award in 2007.

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