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2018 National Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced

Today, the Council of Chief State School Officers announced four teachers from New Jersey, Ohio, Washington, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) as finalists for the 2018 National Teacher of the Year:

graphic of CCSSO teacher finalists

Amy T. Anderson, 2018 New Jersey Teacher of the Year
A high school American Sign Language teacher at Ocean City Public Schools, Anderson received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree from Western Maryland College. Learn more

Kara Ball, 2018 DoDEA Teacher of the Year
An elementary teacher at Camp Lejeune (NC), Ball earned her bachelor’s degree from Towson University (MD) and her master’s degree from Walden University. Learn more

Jonathan Juravich, 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year
An art teacher at Liberty Tree Elementary School in Powell, Juravich received his bachelor’s degree from Otterbein University (OH) and his master’s degree from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Learn more

Mandy Manning, 2018 Washington Teacher of the Year
A math and English teacher at Ferris High School in Spokane, Mandy earned her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University and a master’s degree from both West Texas A&M University and Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (WA). Learn more

One of the four finalists will be named 2018 National Teacher of the Year this spring. AACTE is a proud member of the National Teacher of the Year selection committee and applauds the hard work and dedication exhibited by each of the 2018 candidates. For more information about the program and finalists, click here.

We congratulate the finalists and the AACTE member institutions that have contributed to their success!


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Zachary VanHouten

Manager of Programs and Advocacy, AACTE

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