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The following teachers have been selected as state teachers of the year for 1997. The program is sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic Inc. The national Teacher of the Year will be announced in mid-April.

Alabama. Robin A. Litaker, Trace Crossings School, Hoover. Alaska. Judy Kuhn, McGrath School, McGrath. Arizona. Patricia T. Stowers, Flowing Wells High School, Tucson. Arkansas. Elizabeth A. Fulton, North Little Rock High--West, North Little Rock. California. Stephen Bock, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Selma. Colorado. Pamela S. Schmidt, Thunder Ridge Middle School, Aurora. Connecticut. Susan G. Pelchat, Forbes School, Torrington. Delaware. Francis J. O'Malley, Tally Middle School, Wilmington. Department of Defense Education Activity. Frank C. Penzich, General H.H. Arnold High School. District of Columbia. Patricia Ann Goodnight, John Eaton Elementary School, Washington.

Florida. Susan Sailor, Keystone Heights Junior-Senior High School. Georgia. Barbara Ann Ford, East Clayton Elementary School, Ellenwood. Guam. Judy Marie Woytowich, Inarajan Middle School, Agana. Hawaii. Elizabeth A. Kammerer, Kahuku High and Intermediate School, Kahuku. Idaho. James M. Francis, Idaho Falls High School, Idaho Falls. Illinois. Valeria Y. Evans, Northmoor Primary School, Peoria. Indiana. Judy C. Fraps, Greenbriar Elementary School, Indianapolis. Iowa. Jan Mitchell, Marshalltown High School, Marshalltown. Kansas. Nancy McRoberts, Olathe North High School, Olathe. Kentucky. Rosalind K. Hurley Richards, Squires Elementary School, Lexington.

Louisiana. Sandra Houk James, Slidell High School, Slidell. Maine. Paul E. MacDowell, Harrison C. Lyseth Elementary School, Portland. Maryland. Cathy Greenwood Cerveny, Ring Factory Elementary School, Bel Air. Massachusetts. Leonard E. Swanton, Estabrook Elementary School, Lexington. Michigan. Sue L. Szczepanski, Whitman Elementary School, Marquette. Minnesota. Beth Anne Christensen, Dakota Meadows Middle School, North Mankato. Mississippi. Julie Allen Ferriss, Madison Avenue Elementary School, Madison. Missouri. Cynthia K. Thresher, Lucy Wortham James Elementary School, St. James. Montana. Kimberley Girard, Glasgow High School, Glasgow.

Nebraska. Celine Robertson, Lincoln High School/Park Middle School, Lincoln. Nevada. Jeffrey R. Johnson, Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, Gardnerville. New Hampshire. Lynne M. Ellis, Mountain View Middle School, Goffstown. New Jersey. Monica Mary Lewis, Governor Livingston Regional High School, Berkeley Heights. New Mexico. Phyllis Worski, Las Cruces High School, Las Cruces. New York. Mimsie Robinson, Unity High School, New York City. North Carolina. Richard Scott Griffin, Ida Rankin Elementary School, Mount Holly. North Dakota. Sam A. Johnson, Devils Lake High School, Devils Lake. Northern Mariana Islands. Cecilia H. Camacho, San Vicente Elementary School, Saipan.

Ohio. Sharon M. Draper, Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati. Oklahoma. George E. Abshire, Jenks East Middle School, Jenks. Oregon. C. Ford Morishita, Clackamas High School, Milwaukie. Pennsylvania. Robert Werner, Derry Area School District, Derry. Puerto Rico. Ra£l E. Marrero Luna, Pablo Col¢n Berdecia High School, Barranquitas. Rhode Island. Delores A. Jablonski, Wickford Middle School, North Kingstown. South Carolina. Kelly G. McCalla, Oakland Elementary School, Greenwood. South Dakota. Judith E. Kroll, Brookings High School, Brookings. Tennessee. Cathy A. Pihl, Kate Bond Road, Memphis. Texas. Antonio A. Fierro, Sierra Vista Elementary, El Paso.

Utah. Karen P. Swenson, Lomond View Elementary School, Ogden. Vermont. Peggy Rohrs Dorta, Underhill Central School, Underhill Center. Virginia. Lee Daniel Kent, Loudoun County High School, Leesburg. Washington. Karen P. Fulmer, Sumner Junior High School, Sumner. West Virginia. Danny Prado, Moundsville Junior High School, Moundsville. Wisconsin. Kathy E. Akey, Clintonville High School, Clintonville. Wyoming. Kevin L. Tennant, Campbell County High School, Gillette.


Four school teaching teams have won the 1996 Team Teaching Award sponsored by Prentice Hall Inc. and the National Middle School Association. The award recognizes outstanding interdisciplinary projects. Each team will receive a $3,000 cash award from Prentice Hall, a publisher of instructional material, to use at its school along with a one-year membership in the NMSA. The four top winners and their projects are listed below by school. The 16 first-prize winners, who will each receive $200 worth of publications from Prentice Hall and the NMSA and a one- year NMSA membership, are also listed.

Top teams:Huntingdon Area Middle School, Huntingdon, Pa., for a water-study program designed to increase student involvement in environmental stewardship; J.C. McKenna Middle School, Evansville, Wis., for the creation of a newspaper for 6th graders that is devoted to tropical rain forests and related themes; Milwee Middle School, Longwood, Fla., for a monthlong interdisciplinary unit that incorporated seminars led by local business people; Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Glendale, Calif., for a project that creates a possible crime and a "whodunit" mystery for the school to solve.

First-prize winners: Alki Middle School, Vancouver, Wash.; Benicia Middle School, Benicia, Calif.; Brown Barge Middle School, Pensacola, Fla.; Dublin Middle School, Dublin, Va.; Harding Middle School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; IS 93, Ridgewood, N.Y.; London Middle School, Wheeling, Ill.; MacArthur Middle School, Prospect Heights, Ill.; North East Middle School, North East, Pa.; Ruckel Middle School, Niceville, Fla.; St. AugustinSchool, Des Moines, Iowa; Shiloh Middle School, Lithonia, Ga.; Stuart/Hobson Middle School, Washington, D.C.; Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, Vista, Calif.; West Lake Year Round Middle School, Apex, N.C.; Wood River Middle School, Haily, Idaho.


Karen Klima-Thomas, early-childhood-education teacher, Lowell School, Mesa, Ariz., has been chosen the 1996 Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year, sponsored by the National Center for Family Literacy. The award includes a $5,000 contribution by Toyota to the Family Literacy Program at the Lowell School.

The Council for Aid to Education has awarded the 1996 Leaders for Change Award to the Pfizer Education Initiative, a New York City-based program for strengthening science and math education and promoting hands-on science teaching strategies for middle school students. The award, presented to one company annually, recognizes outstanding corporate commitment to education reform.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has awarded the 1997 John R. Chandler Award to the Annenberg Foundation in recognition of its outstanding contributions to independent schools. The St. Davids, Pa., foundation has contributed some of the largest gifts ever to independent schools nationwide.

The Council of Educational Facility Planners International has awarded Discovery Middle School, Vancouver, Wash., and the Stanley M. Makowski Early Childhood Center, Buffalo, N.Y., the James D. MacConnell Award for excellence in school design. The award recognizes excellence in planning, design, and construction of a school project.

McGraw-Hill School Systems has awarded its 21st Century Schools Technology Planning Award to the Roanoke City PublicSchools, Roanoke Va., for large-district implementation and to the Perham Public Schools, Perham, Minn., for small-district implementation. The award was established to foster education through the application of technology in schools.

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