2000 Teacher of the YearThe National Teacher of the Year Award
is the highest and most prestigous award program for teachers. This year, President Clinton presented the
crystal apple trophy to Dr. Marilyn Jachetti Whirry.
Whirry with 35 years of teaching experience, currently
teaches twelfth-grade English at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach.
Whirry will now begin as a national and international educational spokesperson.
Other National Teacher of the Year 2000 finalists were Margaret Holtschlag,
Michigan Teacher of the Year 2000 and a fourth-grade teacher at Murphy Elementary School in Haslett, Michigan;
P. Brett Smith, Minnesota Teacher of the Year 2000 and a third-fifth grade music teacher at O.H. Anderson Elementary School in Mahtomedi, Minnesota;
and Mitsuye Conover, Oklahoma Teacher of the Year 2000 and an eleventh-grade advanced placement history teacher at Bartlesville High School in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
A committee of representatives chose the winner of the National Teacher of the Year
from among the receipents of the State Teachers of the Year.
State Teachers of the Year are selected on the basis of nominations by students,
teachers, principals and school district administrators throughout their states.
Each finalist interviewed by a selection committee
before they are named the National Teacher of the Year.