Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama named a Johnston, Iowa, English teacher as the U.S. Teacher of the Year on Thursday during a White House ceremony.
Sarah Brown Wessling of Johnston High School received the award for her commitment and excellence in inspiring students to learn and grow, Obama said.
He quoted a student who said there was "no discussion fruitless, no assignment pointless and not one day was boring" in Wessling's class.
"I'm not sure I could have said that when I was in school," Obama said.
Wessling has taught for 10 years at Johnston High School, where she is chairperson of the English Department.
"When I look in a classroom, I see a story in every learner, unique and yearning to be read," Wessling wrote in her application. "Creating a community for learning means creating more than a classroom, it means constantly intertwining our stories in a way that reveals our potential."