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Vol. 44, No. 64

August 19 , 2010

Finalists Chosen for Missouri Teacher of the Year Honors

Six public school teachers have been selected as finalists in the 2010-11 Missouri Teacher of the Year program, state education officials announced today.

Nominations for the annual award were submitted by 47 school districts from across the state. A selection committee appointed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education reviewed the candidates’ written applications and chose the finalists Tuesday in Jefferson City.

The six finalists are:

Robert Becker, chemistry teacher, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood School District

Rebecca Gooding, fifth-grade math teacher, Eagle Glen Intermediate School, Raymore-Peculiar School District

Doug Logan, social studies teacher, Carl Junction Junior High School, Carl Junction School District

Abby Lowe, kindergarten teacher, David Harrison Elementary School, Springfield School District

Lori Mathys, fourth-grade teacher, Chesterfield Elementary School, Rockwood School District

Lori Merrigan, fifth-grade teacher, Underwood Elementary School, Lee’s Summit School District

The selection committee will interview the finalists Aug. 30 in Jefferson City and choose the Missouri Teacher of the Year, who automatically becomes the state’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year program.

The State Board of Education will formally honor the finalists and the new Teacher of the Year at a banquet Nov. 15 in Jefferson City. Susanne Mitko of the Lee’s Summit School District is Missouri’s current Teacher of the Year.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education conducts the Missouri Teacher of the Year program with financial support provided by The Boeing Company, St. Louis.