BUCKHANNON – Brian Allman of Upshur County was named the 2022 Lowell Milken Center Fellow on Wednesday, June 1. Allman is currently the principal of Rock Cave Elementary School and was a former social studies teacher at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School. Allman is the first-ever Lowell Milken Fellow from West Virginia and one of only 11 educators in the United States to be selected this year.
According to a press release from the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, the award is a “merit-based award for educators of all disciplines who appreciate the importance of teaching respect and understanding through learning. per project. The center selects exemplary teachers from the United States and around the world who will collaborate on projects that uncover, develop and communicate the stories of history’s unsung heroes.
The press release also provided a summary about Allman which stated, “Brian Allman is a nationally recognized public school teacher and administrator from Buckhannon, West Virginia. In 2019, Allman received West Virginia’s Milken Educator Award, also known as the “Oscars of Teaching.” Allman was also selected as a member of the West Virginia State Journal Generation Next: 40 under 40 and received the Young Alumni Achievement Award at West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2020. Allman is a member of the Education Advisory Team for the Superintendent of State of West Virginia, Civics National Network of Educators, and National Constitution Center Teachers’ Advisory Council. He is also an ambassador for Retro Report Teacher and a member of the executive council of the West Virginia Council or Social Studies. Allman participates in the West Virginia Courts Learning Center Education Committee, does advisory work for teacher-created materials, and has served on several other statewide task forces and committees. in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Education. Brian builds relationships with students, challenging them to set and exceed their own academic and personal goals. Students look to him for guidance long after they have left his classroom and school. He received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 2007 from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2015 from Marshall University. Outside of school, he enjoys travelling, history and spending time with friends and family. He looks forward to being the first ever fellow at the Lowell Milken Center in West Virginia.
Additional information revealed that as part of this achievement, Allman will travel to Fort Scott, Kansas to “gain knowledge, educational resources, and support to help students cultivate a passion for learning through creating projects that initiate positive change. Fellows will be equipped to develop Unsung Heroes projects with their students, applying and evaluating the stories of these world-changing role models throughout history.
Lowell Milken Center Executive Director Norm Conard said, “We look forward to working with Brian on our Fellows program this year. His experience in motivating students and developing positive relationships in the classroom, along with his instructional leadership skills, make him an excellent resource for our team.
Congratulation to Allman on this amazing achievement!