Maryland Teachers Named to Curriculum Associates’ 2024 Class of Extraordinary Educators™

Kyair Butts of Elmer A. Henderson, a Johns Hopkins Partnership School, in Baltimore and Rebecca Brenneman of Northern Middle School in Accident receive national recognition for pioneering innovative classroom strategies while driving high expectations and student achievement.

North Billerica, MA, March 1, 2024

Curriculum Associates has named Kyair Butts of Elmer A. Henderson, a Johns Hopkins Partnership School, in Baltimore, Maryland and Rebecca Brenneman of Northern Middle School in Accident, Maryland to its 2024 class of Extraordinary Educators, an annual program that celebrates and connects exemplary teachers in Grades K–8 from around the country.

Selected from hundreds of nominations, Butts and Brenneman are among the 32 educators from 19 states and the District of Columbia who exhibit best-in-class use of i-Ready®, i-Ready Classroom Mathematics, and/or Ready®. Most importantly, Butts and Brenneman have also promoted growth and achievement through formal assessments, pioneered innovative engagement tactics, served as a steward for high expectations and student achievement, and created equitable environments for their students.

“It’s hard to overstate the impact teachers have on shaping the lives of students across the country,” said Em McCann, senior vice president of educator community at Curriculum Associates. “This year, we are proud to highlight just a small group of these real-life superheroes. Our Extraordinary Educators truly demonstrate the power of teachers to create new opportunities for student success.”

This year’s class of Extraordinary Educators includes a diverse range of backgrounds and roles—from classroom teachers to specialists and gifted support teachers. Each educator’s application was reviewed by an internal selection committee composed of Curriculum Associates employees with various roles across the company and then finalized by an advisory board that included Curriculum Associates employees, previous Extraordinary Educators, and a college student pursuing a degree in urban education.

“I am honored to be among so many dedicated world-changers that have been named an Extraordinary Educator,” said Butts. “The classroom is a transformative space where magic meets determination to change lives, improve outcomes, and ignite a passion for lifelong learning. This is a testament to my students, their families, and my district! I’m excited to learn and grow my practice with so many others at the highest levels of excellence.”

“I am honored as well as humbled to be chosen as a member of the Extraordinary Educator Class of 2024,” said Brenneman. “I have dedicated my life to the education of middle school students in rural western Maryland, and recognition like this puts us on the map. i-Ready supports my ongoing efforts to find and use creative materials to help make high-achieving, college- and career-ready students. I am very excited to be able to collaborate with extraordinary teachers from all over the United States.”

The Extraordinary Educators will enjoy continued access to a network of distinguished peers from across the country to collaborate, connect, and trailblaze new and unique ways of learning to provide the best service to young learners. They will also receive access to professional learning opportunities, including an invitation to participate and present at the Extraordinary Educators Leadership Summit and other professional learning events.

This is the fifth year of the Extraordinary Educators program. To learn about Curriculum Associates and the 2024 Extraordinary Educators, visit


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Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students.