MARYVILLE, Mo. — Two local teachers have been named Northwest Missouri Regional Teachers of the Year by the Northwest Missouri Regional Professional Development Center.

Denise Henggeler, fourth grade teacher at Northeast Nodaway in Ravenwood and Sandra Wood, seventh to 12th grade Spanish teacher at Maryville were among the three chosen by the organization. The third is Mark Korell, eighth grade social studies teacher in the St. Joseph school district.

The Northwest Regional Teacher of the Year award is part of the Missouri Teacher of the Year program, sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This program recognizes the effort of effective teachers in providing a quality education to their students, according to a news release from the center.

These educators will be honored at a regional banquet in early September and are eligible to compete for the 2019-2020 Missouri Teacher of the Year.

The selection committee, comprised of teachers, business leaders and education organization leaders, will choose the Missouri Teacher of the Year following interviews with each finalist this fall.

The winner and the finalists will be honored at a banquet Oct. 21 in Jefferson City.

The new Missouri Teacher of the Year will serve as the state’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition.

The Missouri Teacher of the Year program is conducted with financial support from Boeing Company and the Monsanto Fund.

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