Teachers from Champaign, Oregon, Dupo, Rockton, and Jerseyville are in the running to be titled "Teacher of the Year." Nine finalists were selected among 200 nominees as those who excel in and out of the classroom. Julie Breden is a science and accounting teacher at Jersey Community High School, and says one of the best things about her job it is seeing her students succeed.
The winner will be announced during the "Those Who Excel" banquet October 20th in Normal. The Teacher of the Year will represent Illinois at NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama and in the Council of Chief State School Officers' National Teacher of the Year Program.