North Hills Middle School teacher in running for NHL Most Valuable Teacher

A North Hills Middle School teacher is in the running for the 2021 NHL and NHL Players’ Association’s Future Goals Most Valuable Teacher of the Year award.

Anthony Burns, who teaches 6th grade at the middle school was named the Most Valuable Teacher presented by SAP for the month of January out of 20 educators from across the NHL. He is up against the winners from February and March for Most Valuable Teacher for the year.

Each teacher was selected for their use of the NHL and NHLPA-sponsored Future Goals program, which teaches students key STEM skills using interactive gameplay and real-world scenarios.

“It is amazing to see what students can achieve when they are properly motivated and invested in their learning,” Burns said.

All monthly winners were awarded $10,000 worth of technology donations from NHL partner SAP for their school district. If Burns wins Most Valuable Teacher for the year, he will be awarded an additional $20,000 in technology donations from NHL partner SAP for the school district.

Voting is open now. Votes for Burns can be entered once a day, every day until Friday May 7 at

Burns has been a teacher for 12 years, works as the scoreboard operator for North Hills varsity soccer, basketball and lacrosse and is an avid Pittsburgh Penguins fan.

He also works the varsity football games as a parking lot attendant or ticket taker which allows him to see his former students competing on the field.

“I was very fortunate to have several exceptional teachers throughout my educational career. Their passion for the content they taught made me excited to come to school each day,” Burns said. “I entered into the field of education with the hopes that I could bring that same passion for science to my students.”