|For Immediate Release|
|Wednesday, January 11, 1995|
Massachusetts Teacher is One of Four Finalists for Honor as 1995 National Teacher Of The Year
Malden - Jerry Howland, a mathematics and law teacher at the English High School in Boston who was selected last fall as Massachusetts Teacher of the Year by Education Commissioner Robert V. Antonucci, was named today as one of the four finalists for the nation's top teaching honor -- National Teacher of the Year.
This is the fourth time in the history of the national program that a Massachusetts teacher has been named a national finalist, and is the first since 1974.
The National Teacher of the Year program is sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic, Inc.
The four finalists, including teachers from Alaska, Hawaii and Texas, will be interviewed by a national selection committee in Washington and the National Teacher of the Year will be announced by President Clinton in late April.
"Jerry Howland is a star. When he spoke to the State Board of Education last fall, he was an eloquent advocate for his profession. But what was more impressive still were the voices of his students, both current and past, who testified to his compassion, wisdom, skill and strength as a leader of young people. This is a tremendous honor for Jerry's kids, for Jerry, and for the Massachusetts teachers whom he so admirably represents," said Commissioner Antonucci.
The Massachusetts Teacher of the Year program is now in its 33rd year, and nominations are now being encouraged for the 1996 program. Nominations are due by February 10 to the Department of Education, c/o Teacher of the Year Program, and may be made by anyone who wishes to recognize the excellence of any Massachusetts public school teacher.