A distinguished Clark County School District educator learned Wednesday that he would receive a huge honor by being inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.
It’s only the second time a teacher from Nevada will be inducted into the hall of fame. Receiving this incredible recognition is Richard Knoeppel, an architecture teacher at Advanced Technologies Academy who is also the 2019 Nevada Teacher of the year.
Knoeppel learned about the induction Wednesday afternoon during a surprise announcement in his classroom.
He is one of only five teachers across the country, and the only one west of the Mississippi, to receive the honor.
Knoeppel’s been teaching for 32 years and is a member of the Nevada STEM Advisory Council. He’s also worked to develop standards, curriculum, and assessments for the state.
While soaking in the moment, Knoeppel reflected on his impact which includes former students achievements. Especially, the ones on the Las Vegas Strip.
“A lot of the buildings that are there, a lot of the schools that are here in Clark County were designed and built by my former students,” Knoeppel said. “So that in and of itself — that’s really meaningful to be able to see the work that I’ve done in a more physical form as opposed to theoretical, and so that’s really meaningful to me.”
Nevada’s first teacher inducted into the hall of fame was the late John Synder in 2007. He was also taught at Advanced Technologies Academy.
Knoeppel credits Snyder as an inspiration and mentor. Knoeppel is a member of the 28th National Teachers Hall of Fame class.
When he’s added on June 21, it will make the induction total of only 140 since the early 90s.