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Alabama Teacher of the Year finalists narrowed down to 16

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The list of finalist for the Alabama Teacher of the Year has been narrowed down to the "Sweet 16", and the two teachers representing Montgomery County have made the cut.

Denise Nelson of Wilson Elementary and Rachel Dudley of Booker T. Washington High School made it through to the "Sweet 16" round, and they will now aim at making it to the "Final Four" list of candidates.

There are 16 teachers that have emerged from a pool that was made up of over 150 educators from across Alabama that submitted an application for the prestigious award. The field will next be reduced down to the "Final Four," and then the 2014-2015 Alabama Teacher of the Year will be announced at a ceremony, hosted by the Alabama State Board of Education and the Alabama State Department of Education, on May 14 at 6 p.m. at the RSA Plaza Terrace.

"Alabama continues to be represented with some of the most outstanding educators in the nation," said Tommy Bice, State Superintendent of Education. "Their dedication to education, commitment to learning and compassion are reflected in the accomplishments of their students. We are proud to have teachers of this caliber working in our schools."

The educator that wins the Alabama Teacher of the Year award will spend the majority of the school year serving as a full-time ambassador for education and the teaching profession, as well as hosting workshops for various groups. They will also serve as Alabama's representative for the National Teacher of the Year award.

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