Like music itself, music teacher Marcia Blackstone Maull’s impact resonates across time and space. Her students have become luminary musicians and educational influencers in Africa, Europe, Asia, and America.
This “beautiful woman [who] had a shell much tougher than my own,” says Jessica, saw potential and overlooked her flaws. “She helped make it possible for me to not only finish high school without being held back a grade but to graduate a full eight months early.”
"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.
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.
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.
John Otterstedt, a third-grade teacher at Hawes Elementary School in Ridgewood, N.J., is the Mensa Foundation's 2013 Distinguished Teacher Award winner.
Arthella Starke, a Special Education teacher at Sherwood High School in Sherwood, Ore., is the Mensa Foundation’s 2012 Distinguished Teacher.
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.
Dearborn, Mich., elementary and charter school teacher Heather Jenkins received the 2010 Distinguished Teacher Award after being nominated by her student, Nicholas Eller.
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.