Alaska Teacher of the Year honors go to Juneau educator Meiners

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JUNEAU, Alaska — A Juneau educator has been named Alaska's Teacher of the Year for 2016.

The award, given by the state education department, went to Amy Jo Meiners, who teaches extended learning at Auke Bay Elementary and Riverbend Elementary.

Frances Roberts, a math teacher at Homer High School, was named Alternate Teacher of the Year.

In a release, state education commissioner Mike Hanley said Meiners and Roberts represent their profession in their enthusiasm for teaching and dedication to their students.

The department says Meiners has taught for 26 years, nine in her current position.

Roberts has taught for 22 years, all in her present position.

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