I just got an email announcing the 2008 National Teacher of the Year finalists. They are: Lewis Chappelear of California, June Teisan of Michigan, Mike Geisen of Oregon and Thomas R. Smigiel, Jr. of Virginia. Congratulations to each of you! I'm excited because three of the group are science teachers and the fourth teaches engineering and design. What a great day for science education in our country!
I'm looking forward to meeting each of the finalists, as well as the other state TOYs, when we meet in Dallas at the end of this month for our first National Teacher of the Year Conference. Again, congratulations!