Wagner learned of his top honor at a special ceremony and luncheon at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. He will receive a cash award, a commemorative trophy, and other prizes. Wagner will also be representing the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition.
Jeremy Wagner's mission in life was to save the world. Between his high school history teacher who served as his mentor and helped him apply for college, to his mother who served as a living example of tenacity by going back to college at age 35 to become a teacher, Wagner saw that teaching was the way to make a difference in the world.
"I knew, by watching her, that my mission to save the world could become a reality by helping make that kind of difference for other students," Wagner said.