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Four individuals have been named finalists in the 1984 National Teacher of the Year program. They are: C. Ray Baker, a teacher of social studies at Southside High School, Fort Smith, Ark.; Francis Clark Chamberlain, a teacher of mathematics, English, and social studies at The Community School, Napa, Calif.; Kim Natale, a physics teacher at Pomona Senior High School, Arvada, Colo.; and Sherleen Sue Sisney, who teaches history and political science at Ballard High School, Louisville, Ky.

All of the finalists were honored

as teacher of the year in their home states.

The annual competition, now in its 33rd year, is sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Encyclopaedia Britannica Companies, and Good Housekeeping Magazine.

The winner of the 1984 National Teacher of the Year award will be announced at a White House ceremony in April.

J. Troy Earhart, the superintendent of schools in Foxborough, Mass., has been named Rhode Island's commissioner of education, replacing Arthur R. Pontarelli, who retired last year.

Mr. Earhart, whose appointment to the post will be effective next month, will oversee the state's 140,000-student system and a budget of about $214 million.

As the new state commissioner, Mr. Earhart will be responsible for the development and implementation of a proposed education-reform program, which is now under consideration by the Rhode Island Board of Regents.

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