Notable Nevadans

CONGRATULATING JOHN TIERNEY

HON. DEAN HELLER

OF NEVADA

IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE

May 12, 2016

Mr. HELLER: Mr. President, today, I wish to congratulate John Tierney on being named Nevada’s 2016 Michael Landsberry Teacher of the Year. This accolade is truly prestigious, attained by only the most influential of Nevada’s educators. Without a doubt, Mr. Tierney’s work at Adobe Middle School in the Elko County School District warrants recognition with this incredible award.   

Mr. Tierney started his career in teaching three decades ago at the Fremont Unified School District. In 1989, he moved to Nevada and began teaching English and Social Studies at Adobe Middle School and has remained a valued member of the Red-Tailed Hawks’ faculty department ever since. In addition to time spent in the classroom, Mr. Tierney leads the Social Studies department and serves on the School Improvement Team at Adobe Middle School. He is also a national facilitator for PBS TeacherLine, which provides online professional development courses for Pre-K through 12th grade teachers. Mr. Tierney’s unwavering dedication to his students at Adobe Middle School over the last 25 years goes without question. He is truly a role model, providing an innovative and interactive teaching style for those in his classroom, and encourages students with open discourse and debate. His commitment to his students is invaluable to the Elko community.

As the father of four children and as the husband of a teacher, I understand the important role educators play in enriching the lives of Nevadans. Ensuring students throughout the Silver State are prepared to compete in the 21st century is critical for the future of our country. The State of Nevada is fortunate to be home to educators like Mr. Tierney.

I ask my colleagues and all Nevadans to join me in thanking Mr. Tierney for his dedication to enriching the lives of Nevada’s students and congratulating him on receiving this award. I wish him well in all of his future endeavors and in creating success for all students who enter his classroom.