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LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL Announces 2014 'Top Teacher' Finalists

LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL Announces 2014 'Top Teacher' Finalists

This morning on "LIVE with Kelly and Michael," hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan announced the five stellar educators chosen as finalists for the 2014 edition of "LIVE's Top Teacher Search." All five will travel to "LIVE's" New York City studio to appear on the show during "Top Teacher Week," May 12-16, 2014.

Back in March, "LIVE" announced the return of the show's annual search to honor teachers from across the country for making their schools better, and for their service and commitment to their students and communities. Last Friday, April 25, the hosts announced the 12 semi-finalists, and then it was up to the viewers to vote for their five favorites. After each finalist has been honored during the week of May 12, "LIVE's" viewers will cast their votes for the overall Top Teacher, whose name will be announced on May 20, and who will take home the grand prize of a 2015 Ford Escape.

The 2014 finalists are:

ATHENA DAVIS, English/AP English/Holocaust Literature, Cleveland High School, Cleveland, Tenn. - Davis was nominated by the parent of one of her students who described her as "an amazing and creative teacher," who "inspires greatness from her students" and "is an inspiration to all who come in contact with her." Herself an alumna of Cleveland High, Davis spearheads a faculty/student book club, sponsors the students' participation in Model UN, co-chairs the prom committee and works to seek out donations for students with money issues; and encourages her Holocaust Literature classes to take action with regard to current social issues.

JOHN MOTCHKAVITZ, Business Technology Dept. Head, Wm. A. Shine Great Neck South High, Great Neck, N.Y. - Motchkavitz, or "Motch" as he's known to members of the school and community, was nominated by fellow teacher Sheryl Burger and the rest of the Business/Technology Department at their school. In the nomination, Burger noted "When we think of a person that makes a difference both in the classroom, around school and in his community, Motch is that guy." Involved on all levels at Great Neck South High - Burger describes him as "the backbone" of the school - he also gives back to his community as a volunteer firefighter.


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