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Four public school teachers were named this month as finalists for the 1994 "National Teacher of the Year'' award.

The contenders are: Dodie Burns Magill, who teaches kindergarten at Pelham Road Elementary School in Greenville, S.C.; Sandra McBrayer of the Homeless Outreach School Program in San Diego County, Calif.; Francis Kemba Mustapha, a biology teacher at South Side High School in Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Marjorie West, who teaches 1st grade at Glennon Heights Elementary School in Lakewood, Colo.

The panel of educators that selected the finalists from among the state teachers of the year will choose the national honoree. President Clinton is scheduled to announce the winner at the White House in April.

Back to Florida: Superintendent Frank Petruzielo will leave the Houston schools, possibly as early as Feb. 1, to become the schools chief in Broward County, Fla.

The Broward school board this month voted to offer the superintendency to Mr. Petruzielo. The county's schools chief, Virgil Morgan, is retiring and will leave the district at the end of this month.

Mr. Petruzielo, 49, was an associate superintendent in Dade County, Fla., before leaving in 1991 to become the Houston superintendent.

Testing Official Named: The Educational Testing Service has announced that Robert L. Albright, the president of a historically black college in North Carolina, will be the organization's new executive vice president.

A trustee of the Princeton, N.J.-based examination service for three years, Mr. Albright has been the president of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., since 1983. He will assume his new post in March.

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