December 09, 2011

DCPS Teacher Named District of Columbia Teacher of the Year by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education 

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Perea Brown-Blackmon, a teacher at Langdon Education Campus in Ward 5, today was named the 2012 District of Columbia Teacher of the Year by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Brown-Blackmon is a third- and fourth-grade teacher who has taught at Langdon EC for 17 years.

“Perea is an exceptional educator who represents the best of what DCPS has to offer. She has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of students who have reaped the benefits of the creativity and dedication she brings to her classroom every day,” said Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of DC Public Schools. “Today, we celebrate Perea’s success and we continue our work to ensure every single teacher in DC is helping make the kind of impact that Perea has made.” 

Brown-Blackmon’s creativity in the classroom includes bringing in animals for instruction, creating hands-on projects, encouraging group work and interactive tasks to creatively introduce students to reading, science, technology, math and human empathy.

OSSE’s District of Columbia Teacher of the Year award recognizes a teacher who is making significant contributions to the classroom and student achievement.

Brown-Blackmon received the Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching for the 2010-2011 school year and was named the Langdon Teacher of the Year in 2008. At various times, she has served as Langdon’s cheerleading coach, step team advisor, choir teacher and grade-level chairperson.

Brown-Blackmon is the mother of nine children, all of whom either are currently or have attended DC Public Schools. Her husband, Jonathon Blackmon, is a teacher at Coolidge High School.

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