Baton Rouge high school biology teacher wins national award, $10,000 _lowres

Crystal Gordon

Broadmoor High School biology teacher Crystal Gordon has been named one of five winners of an annual national teaching award given out by the National Education Association, bringing with it $10,000 for the Baton Rouge educator and a trip to the nation’s capital.

The NEA Foundation’s Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence also is going to teachers from Montana, South Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin. State affiliates of the teachers union nominated 39 teachers for consideration.

Gordon will be honored at the foundation’s annual gala Feb. 13 in Washington, D.C. Videos of the awardees from students and educators at their schools will be premiered at the gala. The gala itself will be streamed live at

“Crystal has been selected for this award by her peers because she has attained the highest teaching standards, as shown by her exemplary instruction, advocacy for the profession, attention to diversity, leadership in professional development, and engagement of parents and community,” said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation.