Michigan teacher inducted into National Teacher Hall of Fame

Gary Koppelman

Gary Koppelmann, a long-time Blissfield Community Schools teacher, is one of five teachers inducted into the 2014 National Teachers Hall of Fame. The National Teachers Hall of Fame honors five individuals from more than 7 million great teachers in the United States.

Koppelman has been teaching for 40 years and is currently a fifth-grade science, math and writing teacher at Blissfield Elementary School. He was instrumental in the creation of the Blissfield Environmental Lab which houses a stream and pond, a butterfly house, a salt water ecosystem, an aviary, a herpetological area, and an invertebrate zoo. The story of his career will be on permanent display at the National Teachers Hall of Fame museum in Emporia, Kansas.

Koppelman is only the second teacher from Michigan to receive this honor, but he’s no stranger to receiving national awards. In 2013, he was given the National Science Teachers Association Shell Science Teacher Award.

In 1989, the National Teachers Hall of Fame was founded to honor career teachers and the teaching profession. Nominees must be certified public or non-public schoolteachers, active or retired, with at least 20 years of experience in teaching grades preK-12.

Since the inaugural induction ceremonies in 1992, 110 educators from 37 states and the District of Columbia have been inducted. This year’s class of inductees represents the 23rd anniversary of the National Teachers Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.