Five teachers have been nominated for the 2007 Teacher of the Year Award, representing each of the five Department of Defense Dependents Schools districts in Europe:

Stefan Zappey, from the Bavaria District, teaches German immersion at Patch Elementary in Stuttgart, Germany.Karen Van Balen, from the Heidelberg District, teaches fourth grade at Patrick Henry Elementary in Heidelberg, Germany.Barbara Lee, of the Isles District, teaches algebra, geometry and math at Lakenheath High School in England.Jacqueline Gustaferro, representing the Kaiserslautern District, is a literacy coach at Wetzel Elementary School in Baumholder, Germany.Vicki L. O’Brien, from the Mediterranean District, teaches physical education and health at the Livorno Unit School, Camp Darby, Italy.The nominees will compete at the national level in Washington, D.C., where they will meet with senior political and educational leaders. Winners will be announced in spring 2007.

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