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Area school teacher in the running for Texas Teacher of the Year

Amarillo, TX - Amarillo ISD and Palo Duro High School are happy to have one of the three state finalists for Texas's Teacher of the Year award.

Shanna Peeples was surprised and a little speechless when she found out she is in the running to be Texas's Teacher of the Year.

"I'll remember it forever, it's just amazing," said Peeples.

Peeples started her first day back to school celebrating her surprise nomination. The school hosted a mini pep rally commemorating her achievements. This is the first time a teacher from Palo Duro will represent Region 16 and Amarillo ISD as a state finalist for High School Teacher of the Year.

Amarillo ISD's Superintendent, Rod Schroder says she went through a district selection process and a regional selection process before getting to this point. Each teacher goes through an interview, fills out an application and talks about their philosophy and how they view their work.

"For so many kids we meet so many different needs," said Peeples. She adds that what all teachers do is critical to children. "We might be that only stable adult in their life," said Peeples.

Schroder says her dedication to ideals helped her get this far into the state competition.

"I think the most important thing is how she cares for kids and what she does for her students in her classroom to create success," said Peeples.

She will continue the competition at the end of October, but until then, she and the rest of the school will celebrate this high level of success. "I'm so happy to eat cake on the first day of school," said Peeples.

She will go through another application and interview process, competing against the two other state finalist.
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