Indian-American Revathi Balakrishnan named as 2016 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year

May 11, 2016 17:10 IST

Indian-American elementary teacher, Revathi Balakrishnan was honoured by US President Barack Obama at the White House in the first week of May 2016. She was named as 2016 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year.

She received the honour for her excellent work in the field of education at Patsy Sommer Elementary School in Texas.


With this honour, she will represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

About Revathi Balakrishnan  

• She originally is from Chennai, Tamil Nadu who attributes her success in the field of education to her love of teaching.

• She was a systems analyst with Liberty Mutual, managing databases and programming for about 12 years before becoming a teacher.

• She taught math classes in third through fifth grade at Sommer at Sommer Elementary for six years before teaching at Forest North Elementary for three years.

• She earned her economics degree from University of Madras.

National Teacher of the Year Programme

• It identifies exceptional teachers in the United States of America.

• The honour recognises their effective work in the classroom, engages them in a year of professional learning, amplifies their voices and empowers them to participate in policy discussions at the state and national levels.

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