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Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announces 2015 Teacher of the Year finalists

The following statement was issued Thursday by the office of Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz:

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced the ten finalists for Indiana Teacher of the Year. The list will further be narrowed to the top with the winner to be announced in October.

“As a life-long educator, I have always been impressed by the work the teachers do throughout Indiana day after day,” said Superintendent Ritz. “These teachers have demonstrated their dedication to their craft and their students and I am honored to name them as finalists for Indiana Teacher of the Year.

The 2015 Top Ten Teacher of the Year finalists are as follows:

Tina Ahlgren

Grades 8-12, Mathematics

Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy

Indianapolis Public Schools

Gail Alexander

Grade 11, English

Heritage Jr/Sr High School

East Allen Community Schools

Dawn Boling

Grade 7, Math

Highland Hills Middle School

New Albany Floyd County Schools

Peter De Kever

Grade 10, English

Penn High School

Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation

Carol Draeger Thomas

High School, English

Rise Up Academy

South Bend School Corporation

Matthew Ehresman

8th Grade Social Studies

Center Grove Middle School Central

Center Grove Community School Corporation

Audrey Fetters


Flint Springs Elementary

Huntington County Community School Corporation

Kathy Nimmer

Grades 10-11, English

William Henry Harrison High School

Tippecanoe School Corporation School

Jennifer Query

High School, Exceptional Learners

Lawrence Central High School

MSD of Lawrence Township

Roger Tyler

Grades 9-12, Choir and Piano Keyboard Labs

Connersville High School

Fayette County Community School Corporation

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