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59th National Teacher of the Year to Speak at Kent State University

Posted Jan, 15, 2010

New York City native, Anthony J. Mullen, who was recognized by President Barack Obama as the 2009 National Teacher of the Year, will present a Gerald H. Read Distinguished lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 4:30 p.m. in the Kent State University Kiva auditorium.

Mullen served as a New York City police officer for 20 years before entering the teaching field. During that time he received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Long Island University. As a police officer he worked with troubled teenagers whom he described as “destined for prison unless they received the benefits of a quality education and positive adult role models.” Inspired to be that role model, he earned a master’s degree in elementary education and special education from Mercy College in New York in 2001. He retired from the NYPD and pursued teaching and mentoring teenagers who needed a second chance.

Mullen teaches 9th through 12th grades as a special education teacher at The ARCH School, an alternative education branch of Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut. He believes that “a teacher can receive no greater reward than the knowledge that he or she helped recover a lost student.”

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Linda Robertson, director of Kent State’s Center for International & Intercultural Education in the College of Education, Health and Human Services, at or call 330-672-0563.

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Media Contacts:
Linda Robertson,, 330-672-0563
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595