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OEA congratulates member Debra McDonald as 2013 Ohio Teacher of the Year

OEA congratulates member Debra McDonald as 2013 Ohio Teacher of the Year

COLUMBUS — November 6, 2013  — Ohio Education Association member and teacher Debra McDonald has been named the 2013 Ohio Teacher of the Year by the Ohio Department of Education. McDonald, a veteran teacher of 19 years at the Wayne County Schools Career Center in Smithville, teaches high school students in the center’s Early Childhood Education and Care program.

OEA president Becky Higgins calls McDonald a “great example of the well-qualified and dedicated educators we have in Ohio. She is a leader in both the classroom and the teaching profession. We’re proud to have Debra as an OEA member and leader as she puts a great face to the tens of thousands of Ohio educators who bring their very best to their students every day.”

McDonald was selected from nominations submitted by schools across the state. Nominations were reviewed by a statewide panel of representatives from a range of professional organizations and school constituencies, including teachers who have been recognized for their excellent performance in the classroom.


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