BUCKHANNON — Upshur County’s own Brian Allman was named a 2022 Lowell Milken Center Fellow on Wednesday, June 1. Allman currently serves as 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 value the importance of teaching respect and understanding through project-based learning. The center selects exemplary teachers from the United States and around the world who will collaborate on projects that discover, develop and communicate the stories of unsung heroes in history.”
The press release also provided a summary on Allman which stated, “Brian Allman is a nationally recognized public-school teacher and administrator from Buckhannon, West Virginia. In 2019, Allman was recognized with 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 West Virginia State Superintendent’s Education Advisory Team, Civics National Educator Network and National Constitution Center Teacher Advisory Council. He is also a Retro Report Teacher Ambassador and an executive board member of the West Virginia Council or Social Studies. Allman participates on the West Virginia Courts Learning Center Education committee, does consulting 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 leaving his classroom and school. He earned a bachelor’s in secondary education in 2007 from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a master’s in educational leadership in 2015 from Marshall University. Outside of school, he enjoys traveling, history and spending time with his friends and family. He is looking forward to being the first ever Lowell Milken Center Fellow from West Virginia.”
Additional information revealed that as part this achievement Allman will travel to Fort Scott, Kan. to “gain knowledge, educational resources and support in helping students cultivate a passion for learning through the creation of projects that initiate positive change. Fellows will be equipped to develop Unsung Heroes projects with their students, applying and evaluating the stories of these role models who have changed the world throughout history.”
The Executive Director for the Lowell Milken Center Norm Conard said, “We look forward to working with Brian in our Fellows program this year. His experience with motivating students and developing positive relationships in the classroom, along with his educational leadership skills, make him a great resource for our team.”
Congratulations to Allman on this amazing achievement!