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The two winners of our 2015 Educators’ Choice Content Award — English teacher Sarah Henderson and science teacher Ramy Mahmoud — challenged readers to think outside the box with original content pieces about laughter and learning and why student data doesn’t tell the whole story.

Sarah Henderson has taught high-school English in private schools in Michigan, California and Arizona for the past 19 years. She is passionate about becoming a better teacher by learning more about the cognitive functions of the brain.

“Thank you to the SmartBlog editors,” Sarah said when she learned about being chosen for the award. “I am honored to be selected as an Educator’s Choice Content Award winner. It’s exciting to bring further attention to the advantages of using humor in the classroom.”

Ramy Mahmoud is a science teacher for the Plano Independent School District in Texas and is a part-time senior lecturer at The University of Texas at Dallas.

“I am incredibly honored to accept this award,” Ramy told editors. “Every bit of success I’ve had in teaching has come from lessons learned from fellow educators and role models. It’s so humbling and incredibly gratifying to know that I may now play a small role in influencing my colleagues.”

Both educators will be honored during a reception at the ASCD Annual Conference.

About the award: SmartBrief Education editors choose monthly winners for the Editor’s Choice Content Awards, and then each year, we ask readers to pick their favorite of the 20 original content pieces; we received more than 5,000 votes this year. Members of ASCD’s Emerging Leaders program took part in the second phase of voting.

Meet the 2014 winners.

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