To Close a Door Gently

In his final post for Teacher and with a heavy heart, Anthony Mullen admits that in spite of a marvelous experience as National Teacher of the Year, the classroom beckons.


Jumping Through Hoops

Anthony Mullen believes what states must endure for a chance at Race to the Top funding is doing more to widen the gap between the haves and have-nots than any previous piece of educational legislation.


Through a Lens Darkly

Anthony Mullen is left wondering what teachers can do for students dealing with complex emotional problems.


The Age of Opposable Thumbs

Following the ISTE conference, Anthony Mullen comes to the realization that new technologies will pave the way for student-centered classrooms.


Reflections of an Itinerant Learner

Anthony Mullen finishes up his journey as the 2009 National Teacher of the Year and reflects upon what he's learned in the past 12 months.


A Soldier's Pride

A visit to a military fort in Georgia brings Anthony Mullen face-to-face with the unique challenges educators encounter with students who have parents deployed abroad.


A Time to Charter Congress?

Anthony Mullen wonders if politicians, rife with inflammatory rhetoric about underperforming teachers, are actually the ones who need to change their ways.


A Child's First Teacher

Anthony Mullen pays a visit to his mother's grave on Mother's Day and thanks her for being his first teacher, long before he ever started school.


Fixing Schools in Mississippi

On a trip to Mississippi, Anthony Mullen discovers that the teachers in the state are intimately involved in the school turnaround process.


Epitaph for a Young Teacher

Since no one has consulted him on a draft of the national standards yet, Anthony Mullen takes matters into his own hands and boils down what all students should learn.


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