Suellen Perry, a legal studies career and technical education instructor at Henderson High School in Henderson, Texas, has been named a Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year by the American Lawyers Alliance, a nonprofit whose mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of the law and the American legal system.

Perry, a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law, was selected based on her innovative course curriculum, which features topics such as “Principles of Law,” “Court Systems and Practices,” and dual credit criminal justice courses among several others.

With her experience as a law clerk to the Hon. John Hannah, U.S. District Court Judge in Tyler, as a Tyler-based Assistant United States Attorney, and as an attorney in private practice for 20 years, Perry has a background in the law which provides her students a real-world experience. In 2022 she was also named the TEX-ABOTA Champion of Civil Justice.