Gering native finalist for national education award

A Gering native who is now teaching a school district south of Seattle is one of the five finalists for the National Education Association Foundation's Excellence in Teaching award. Cara Haney, the daughter of Nancy Haney, is a kindergarten teacher in the Kent School district south of Seattle. Haney has already earned the Horace Mann Teaching excellence award and will learn whether she is the National award winner at a Gala in Washington D.C. February 10th.

Nancy Haney says it's thrilling to have her daughter nationally recognized. Haney teaches in a school with a large immigrant population that has difficulty meeting the "No Child Left Behind" guidelines. Haney's class has 16 ethnicities , children that speak ten languages and three religions, so she has to be innovative in not only teaching her students but getting parents involved.

Cara Haney, who was the State of Washington's nominee for the national award, will already receive $10,000 for being one of the five finalists. She will win $25,000 if she is named the national winner. She will also take part in an educational and cultural tour of China later this summer.

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