2013 Teacher of the Year Winners
Michael Anne Pettiette, Elementary School; Patience LeBlanc, Middle School; Aaron Hull, High School
2013 ALA Law-Related High School Teacher of the Year
Aaron Hull ~ High School
Greenwich High School
Mr. Hull teaches at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut. He has coached competitive teams in the Center for Civic Education’s Simulated Congressional Hearing Competition. His teams have secured four state championships in the past five years. Mr. Hull is certified as a University of Connecticut Early College Experience Adjunct facility member. Additionally, his extensive educational experience includes involvement with the Civic Voices Program, External Juried Essay Contest Awards and student interaction with Constitutional scholars and historians.
The American Lawyers Alliance is pleased to present Mr. Aaron Hull the 2012 High School Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year Award.
2013 ALA Law-Related Middle School Teacher of the Year
Patience LeBlanc ~ Middle School
Vanderventer Middle School
Patience LeBlanc, eighth grade US History teacher at Vanderventer Middle School in Frisco, Texas, is the recipient of the American Lawyers Alliance Law-Related Education Middle School Teacher of the Year.
Her classes include US History, Constitutional Law I and Street Law II. Mrs. LeBlanc has received recognition as the Daughters of the American Revolution Teacher of the Year 2004, the Leon Jaworski Award Winner 2005, the Madison Memorial Fellowship 2011 and was named the 2012 Texas Lawyers Auxiliary Teacher of the Year . She also serves as a consultant for the State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education Academy.
2013 ALA Law-Related Elementary School Teacher of the Year
Michael Anne Pettiette ~ Elementary School
Ben Milam Elementary School
The ALA Law-Related Education Elementary School Teacher of the Year Award winner is Michael Anne Pettiette. Ms. Pettiette teaches at Ben Milam Elementary School in Dallas, Texas. Ben Milam is a Title One School with a school population that is 91% Hispanic/Latino. The barrier of language, socio-economic status and culture made this school, in the Dallas Independent School District, stand out when it won a National Blue Ribbon Award in 2008. Ms. Pettiette teaches the gifted and talented students in all classes . She incorporates the skills used to present, prepare and conduct mock trials. She also involves educators in the mock trial process. This instruction is used in the classroom as well as for competition preparation.
Ms. Maria Hernandez, the parent of a student, praised Ms. Pettiette for “providing activities that nurture the students individual learning styles in a positive environment.”
The ALA truly admires our 2013 TOY Award winners and applauds the methods they use for teaching their students about justice, government and the rule of law.