Wade Whitehead (M.Ed. ’09 Admin & Supv) is one of five teachers named to the 2016 Class of the National Teachers Hall of Fame. He will be honored at a White House Rose Garden ceremony on Tuesday, May 3. Whitehead is a fifth-grade teacher at Crystal Spring Elementary School in Roanoke, Va. A 22-year veteran of the classroom, he was named teacher of the year by Roanoke City Schools in 2000. He has also been honored with the McGlothlin Award for Teaching Excellence and by the Milken Family Foundation’s national education awards.
The National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF) is a non-profit organization that honors exceptional school teachers. It was founded in 1989 in Emporia, Kansas, by Emporia State University, the ESU Alumni Association, the City of Emporia, Emporia Public Schools, and the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce. The NTHF has a museum on Emporia State’s campus that honors the teachers inducted and has a teacher resource center.