Posted Date: 01/30/2023
Sometimes a high school homecoming is not just for student-athletes.
It’s for teachers, too.
“It’s so good to be home,” National Teacher of the Year finalist Rebecka Peterson said with a grin Friday to a cheering, standing-room-only crowd of students, staff and community members at Union High School.
The 2022-23 State Teacher of the Year, currently on sabbatical from teaching precalculus and Advanced Placement calculus at Union High School, Peterson was announced Wednesday as one of five finalists for National Teacher of the Year.
Organized by the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Teacher of the Year is selected from among educators of the year from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity.
This year’s five finalists will be interviewed in February, and a winner will be announced later this year in Washington, D.C. The other four finalists are Harlee Harvey of Alaska, Carolyn Kielma of Connecticut, Jermar Rountree of the District of Columbia and Kimberly Radostits of Illinois.