La Porte, Indiana Teacher ‘Honored’ With National Teaching Award!

Receives $5,000 award and story by award-winning journalist

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 1, 2019

Matt Buchanan, an English teacher and department chair at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana, has been given the prestigious national Honored teaching award for February.  As part of his honor, Buchanan received a $5,000 cash award and a $1,000 gift card, and was profiled by renowned journalist Steve Padilla, editor of the Los Angeles Times’ showcase Column One and director of Metpro, the paper’s training fellowship.  

Buchanan was nominated for the Honored award by his former student, Gina Billys, who is now a student at Indiana University Bloomington.  Although she is thriving now, during her senior year Billys struggled with a series of personal and health challenges, to the point where it looked like she might not graduate.  She credits Buchanan’s empathy, support, and kindness for helping her through this time of her life, and is forever grateful to him.

Read the full story of Matt Buchanan and Gina Billys here.

About Honored

Honored is a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping great teachers in the classroom and to inspiring a new generation of talent to pursue teaching. Each month, Honored shines a spotlight on a teacher who has changed the life of a single student. The Honoree receives a $5,000 cash award, and Honored partners with a world-class writer to tell their story. Honorees are selected from K-12 teachers of all subjects at public, private and charter schools across the country. Honored’s National Advisory Board includes luminaries such as the internationally best-selling author Michael Lewis, founder Charles Best, Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp, and FEED cofounder Lauren Bush Lauren.

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