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They are: Robert L. Henley, superintendent of the 11,070-student Independence (Mo.) Public Schools; Donald W. lngwerson, superintendent of the 92,000 student Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools; Jean B. McGrew, superintendent of the 4,025-student Northfield Township (Ill.) High School District; and Karen C. Woodward, superintendent of the 10,700 student Anderson (S.C.) School District.

The winner will be announced Feb. 21 at the A.A.S.A.'S convention in San Diego.


Four finalists have been named in the National Teacher of the Year program sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

They are: Maria Azucena Vigil, a kindergarten teacher at Las Lomas Elementary School in La Habra, Calif.; Thomas A. Fleming, a secondary special-education teacher at Washtenaw County Juvenile Detention School in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Marion Lipinski, a 5th-grade teacher at the Center Street Village School in Mentor, Ohio; and Rosa E. Lujan, a 5th- and 6th-grade bilingual-education teacher at Ysleta Elementary School in El Paso, Tex.

The winner will be announced at a White House ceremony in early April.


Richard L. Thompson, the superintendent of education in Mississippi, has been appointed director of the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

The center is an autonomous statewide program of the University of North Carolina system. Outstanding precollegiate teachers in the state attend week-long seminars at the center, which is designed to provide renewal experiences and keep quality teachers in the profession.


The rock star Prince has pitched in money to help the Chicago educator Marva Collins buy a new facility to train teachers in her methods of teaching the classics to disadvantaged children.

Using Prince's donation, Ms. Collins has purchased a former elementary school in Park Forest, Ill. Currently, teachers attend the 10-month program at Ms. Collins's private school on the city's West Side.

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