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WTSP: 2 Tampa Bay educators named as finalists for Teacher of the Year

WTSP: 2 Tampa Bay educators named as finalists for Teacher of the Year

(May 6, 2021) The two Tampa Bay area teachers were surprised Thursday by members of the Florida Department of Education to announce they are one of five finalists for 2022 Teacher of the Year.

Kari Johnson, a kindergarten teacher at Fruitville Elementary in Sarasota County, was in the middle of class when she got the news. Photos from the moment show Johnson covering her face in a complete state of shock over the news.

Sarah Ann Painter, a fifth-grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary School in Pinellas County, was also teaching when she received the great news. Painter was presented with balloons and a banner while her students cheered for her.  (Continue reading)