CARSON CITY – Nevada’s reigning Teacher of the Year – Richard Knoeppel – was inducted today into the National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF).
“Richard Knoeppel is an exceptional educator,” said Tonia Holmes-Sutton, a member of the Nevada State Board of Education. “A highly accomplished teacher committed to the learning of students and colleagues, as well as his own, he advocates for an elevation of the profession and an application of teacher voice by selflessly engaging as an instructional and policy leader, making incredible differences for education.”
Holmes-Sutton, a member of the NTHF who nominated Knoeppel, was joined by Carol Strickland, NTHF Executive Director, in presenting Knoeppel his award today at A-TECH.
Knoeppel has taught Architectural Design at A-TECH within CCSD since 1995. He serves as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department Chair and School Organizational Teacher Chair. He has also done work for the Nevada Department of Education developing CTE standards and assessments as well as having participated in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) workgroups focusing on funding and teacher preparation programs. Additionally, Knoeppel is a member of the Nevada STEM Advisory Council where he works to raise awareness of STEM education in Nevada. He is also a member of the inaugural Teach Plus fellowship in Nevada where he is working to develop career pathways for teachers.
“The State of Nevada, the Clark County School District (CCSD), and especially Advanced Technologies Academy (A-TECH) all have much to be proud of in Richard Knoeppel,” said Jonathan Moore, acting Superintendent of Public Instruction. “He has been a leader at A-TECH, building a wonderful Architectural Design program that has been invaluable to his students.”
Knoeppel will be one of five teachers recognized by the NTHF in Emporia, Kansas, on June 21st. The Hall of Fame induction will include a trip to Washington DC for a visit to the National Education Association, an appearance on National Public Radio, and meetings with government officials.