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Thursday, January 19, 2012

CCSSO Announces Finalists for 2012 National Teacher of the Year

AL, CA, DoDEA, and FL Public School Teachers in Running to Receive Nation’s Top Teaching Honor
Contact:Melissa McGrathmelissa.mcgrath@ccsso.org202-336-7034

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced the four finalists for the 2012 National Teacher of the Year today. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the program, which honors educators representing the teaching profession as their State Teacher of the Year. This prestigious program allows teachers from across the country to collaborate with policy makers at every level and advocate on behalf of the teaching profession. The four finalists for 2012 are listed below. Additional information on the teacher of the year can be found here.

Gay Barnes-2012 Alabama Teacher of the Year

Barnes is a first grade teacher at Horizon Elementary School in Alabama. She has 21 total years of teaching experience and taught at Horizon Elementary School for seven years.

Rebecca Lynn Mieliwocki-2012 California Teacher of the Year
Mieliwocki is a seventh grade English teacher at Luther Burbank Middle School. She has been teaching for 14 years and has spent 9 years at Luther Burbank Middle School.

Angela Wilson-2012 Department of Defense Education Activity Teacher of the Year
Wilson is a seventh grade Language Arts and Forensics teacher at Vicenza Middle School in Italy. She has 11 years of teaching experience and has been at Vicenza Middle School for two years.

Alvin Aureliano Davis-2012 Florida Teacher of the Year
Davis is a music teacher at Miramar High School in Florida. He has taught a total of 11 years, the last eight at Miramar High School.

A panel of educators, representing 15 national education organizations, chose the finalists from the 2012 state teachers of the year in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and four U.S. extra-state jurisdictions.

The organizations represented on the 2012 National Selection Committee are: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, Association for Childhood Education International, ASCD, Association of Teacher Educators, National Association for the Education of Young Children, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Congress of Parents and Teachers, National Education Association, National Middle Schools Association, National School Board Association, and National School Public Relations Association.


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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public. www.ccsso.org.