Teacher of the Year finalist sets an example for all

The OlympianSeptember 27, 2013 

Laura Currie, 5th grade teacher at Centennial Elementary School, is one nine regional finalists for the 2014 Washington State Teacher of the Year on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.

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Congratulations to Laura Currie of Centennial Elementary in Olympia, who was one of nine finalists for the Washington State Teacher of the Year awards. She didn’t win, but as they say at the Emmys, it’s an honor just to be nominated.

Centennial’s principal calls Currie “the glue” that holds her award-winning school together. She’s a 1962 Olympia High School grad, and has been teaching for 45 years.

Currie says teaching is harder than when she started. There’s more bullying and kids and have more needs. Or we’re just more aware of those things.

We expect more from teachers these days, and it’s comforting to know that experienced educators like Currie still have a passion for kids.

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