Published Online: January 27, 1999
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Four finalists for the 1999 National Teacher of the Year have been selected by the Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic Inc., the New York City-based educational publisher.

Andrew Baumgartner

They are: Andrew Baumgartner, 46, a kindergarten teacher at the 530-student A. Brian Merry Elementary School in Augusta, Ga.;

Bruce Penniman

Bruce Penniman, 49, an English teacher at the 1,350-student Amherst (Mass.) Regional High School;

Peter White

Peter White, 51, a social studies teacher at the 1,565-student Northport (N.Y.) High School; and

Mary Lynn Peacher

Mary Lynn Peacher, 52, a 4th grade teacher at the 1,950-student Jenks (Okla.) East Elementary School. A committee composed of representatives from 14 national education organizations picked the finalists. President Clinton is scheduled to announce the winner of the award in April. The top teacher will be paid to travel and serve as an education spokesman for a year.

Gov. Bill Owens of Colorado has named Terri Rayburn his education adviser. Ms. Rayburn resigned last week from the Jefferson County, Colo., school board, which she had served on since 1993. She began her new job Jan. 12, the day that Mr. Owens was sworn in.

Patricia T. Montoya has been sworn in by Vice President Al Gore as the commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. During her four-year tenure as the regional director of HHS in Dallas, she supervised agency operations in five states. In her new position, Ms. Montoya will head the branch that provides more than $12 billion a year in federal aid to states and local communities for government programs related to child development, adoption, and early-childhood education.

Stacey Holmes has been tapped as the superintendent and chief executive officer of the Southern Westchester (N.Y.) Board of Cooperative Educational Services, which serves 187 schools in 35 districts. Mr. Holmes, 50, previously worked as the assistant superintendent for instructional support and technology for the regional district and was the superintendent of the 1,300-student Glen Ridge, N.J., public schools. He began his new position this month.

--Michelle Galley

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