The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development has named the three finalists for Alaska Teacher of the Year for 2011, one of whom is a teacher in Juneau Public Schools.
Lorrie Heagy, a music teacher and librarian at Glacier Valley Elementary School in Juneau is joined by Linda Jo Klapperich, a language arts and reading teacher at Palmer Junior Middle School and Trevor Townsend, who was a secondary English teacher in the Bristol Bay Borough School District at the time of his nomination.
The Alaska Teacher of the Year and an alternate will be chosen by a committee composed of members of major educational associations and the current teacher of the year, Jackie Johnson.
The committee will meet Oct. 21. The committee considers a written application, a video snapshot of the teacher in the classroom, and an interview.
The Alaska Teacher of the Year may be called upon to speak at education conferences and participate in various statewide education working groups. The teacher is the Alaska nominee for national teacher of the year.