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National Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced

On January 14, the Council of Chief State School Officers announced four finalists for the 2015 national teacher of the year. The finalists are state teachers of the year from Alabama, Hawaii, Indiana, and Texas.

  • Ann Marie Corgill, 2015 Alabama Teacher of the Year – Corgill, who teaches fourth grade at Cherokee Bend Elementary in Mountain Brook, AL, received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Alabama and her master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • Catherine Caine, 2015 Hawaii Teacher of the Year – Caine, who teaches second grade at Waikiki School in Honolulu, HI, received her bachelor’s degree in child development from San Diego State University (CA) and her master’s degree in curriculum studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
  • Kathy Nimmer, 2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year – Nimmer, who teaches English at William Henry Harrison High School in West Lafayette, IN, received her bachelor’s degree in English education from Trinity Christian College (IL).
  • Shanna Peeples, 2015 Texas Teacher of the Year – Peeples, who teaches 11th-grade English at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, TX, received her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington.

AACTE is a member of the National Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, comprising representatives from 15 national education organizations that choose four finalists from state nominations, conduct personal interviews with the finalists, and ultimately select the national teacher of the year. The national teacher of the year will be announced this spring.

Congratulations to the four finalists and the colleges of education that contributed to their success!

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