A teacher from Connecticut is being honored on Live with Kelly and Michael, whish is shown on WFSB.
Erin Palonen from Griswold Middle School is one of 12 finalists in the top teacher search.
Palonen started a speed-skating team that competed in the Special Olympics, according to the release.
Palonen learned that she was a finalist after being told by the principal on Friday morning
"They were announcing the top teachers, and I said 'no way,' but there was my face," Palonen said. "I said, 'who did that?' Someone took their time to do something to make my day. Even if it goes no further (in the selection process), I'm just so grateful someone did this for me."
Connecticut residents can vote right now through Monday at noon.
To vote for Palonen or any of the other finalists, click the following link.
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