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Monday, September 21, 2009

)9/21/09 Greenwich Board Of Education Media Alert: Tony Mullen to Speak at Greenwich High School

National Teacher of the Year, Anthony Mullen, has been selected as the
'Local Shaper of the Year' by Ms. Eleanor Ritch's Shapers classes at
Greenwich High School.

You are invited to attend:
A Conversation with Mr. Mullen
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
9:56AM - 10:39AM
10:44AM - 11:27AM
Greenwich High School
Media Center, Meeting Room 2

""Shapers" is an interdisciplinary humanities course (at Greenwich High
School) in which students explore how human beings have shaped their
individual experiences in ways that have had a significant impact on

For their first assignment this year students were asked to nominate, in
writing, great Shapers of the World throughout all of world history. In
addition, they were asked to nominate a local, modern Shaper of the World,
someone who has made a positive impact on the world.

Shapers teacher, Eleanor Ritch said, "I wanted students to nominate a
person who is shaping and improving our world today. Many students
nominated Anthony Mullen due to the fact that he received the 2009
National Teacher of the Year award from President Barack Obama. The
students voted overwhelmingly for Anthony over other local figures from
the CT/NYC area, including some rather famous politicians, musicians,
authors, doctors and medical professionals, artists, and community service
leaders. I was quite impressed by how much the students respect a fellow

Quotes from student papers:
Ben Langford, nominated Anthony Mullen because he was impressed with how
Anthony has "managed to build connections with hard to reach students."

Taylor Dawson nominated Mr. Mullen because, "As a teacher he is shaping
the minds of our future here in Greenwich. Now as Teacher of the Year he
is able to go from making a difference for just a few students to
influencing students and teachers across the nation."

Katie Beale nominated Anthony Mullen because, "he believes every student
has his or her own back-story, and the teacher's job is to help them
'write a happy ending' and 'radically transform fractured lives.'"

Hans Christian Thalheim nominated him because he was "selected as Teacher
of the Year and was also a teacher at Arch School in Greenwich. He deals
with academically challenged students, and I am sure he has seen his share
of tough cases as a former NYPD homicide detective."

James Utton nominated Anthony Mullen because, "his selfless acts inspire
me to give of myself in any way possible to teens who are struggling in
high school."

Please let me know if you will be attending.

Kim Eves
Director of Communications
Greenwich Board of Education
290 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830


Phone: 203-625-7415
e mail:
Fax: 203-869-8003


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