VIRGINIA/TENNESSEE - It's one of the largest teacher awards in the nation - and three teachers from our region have made the finals.
The McGlothlin Award for Teaching Excellence hands out 25-thousand dollars to two teachers every year. 10-thousand of it must be used to travel to another country and bring that experience back to the kids they teach.
In the elementary category, Steven Cregger from High Point Elementary in Bristol, Virginia made the cut.
And in the secondary education category, Susan Hampton from Virginia Middle School in Bristol Virginia and Stephanie miller from Colonial Heights Middle School in Sullivan County are also up for the award.
The award comes from a local company, the McGlothlin Foundation, which has awarded 750-thousand dollars to local teachers over the last 15 years.
Beginning in a farmhouse nestled in the mountains of Buchanan County, Va., the McGlothlin family was sustained in their early years through farming and coal mining. As their success grew, the family business became involved in oil, gas, real estate and financial services. The McGlothlin Foundation was created in 1998 to support worthy causes in higher education, health care, and the arts in southwest Virginia, West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and northeast Tennessee.
Winners will be announced on April 10 at a ceremony conducted by the McGlothlin Foundation, Blue Ridge PBS and Radford University's College of Education and Human Development.