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Louisiana Charter School Teacher Announced as Finalist in 2014 National Teaching Award Competition

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Thousands of votes cast in parent-led competition to honor innovative charter school teachers

ARLINGTON, Va., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National parent organization, PublicSchoolOptions.org, today announced Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy teacher Heather McFarland has been selected as a national runner up in its annual American Pioneer of Teaching award competition. Now in its fifth year, the annual competition is held to recognize top performing K-12 teachers who work in nontraditional public schools, such as virtual, charter and magnet schools.

The competition, which is held as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week, allows the PublicSchoolOptions.org online community to nominate teachers and vote through Facebook to select the winner. Hundreds of teachers from charter schools across the country were nominated this year and thousands of Facebook votes were cast to select the winner and national runners up.

"The exciting growth of this year's competition demonstrates the breadth and enthusiasm of the charter school community and its support for dedicated and innovative teachers," said PublicSchoolOptions.org Board member Amy Threewitt. "We congratulate Heather McFarland and the hundreds of teachers who were nominated because students and parents recognize their commitment to meeting the individualized learning needs of each and every student. As a parent of children enrolled in several different types of public charter schools, it is an honor to celebrate these teachers who make different learning environments possible."

In addition to Mrs. McFarland, Texas Virtual Academy teacher Priscilla Metting, Pennsylvania Connections Academy teacher William Erler, and Hoosier Academy teacher Alissa Smith have been named as national runners up. Georgia Cyber Academy teacher Christian Kraus was named the winner. Information about the winner and 10 finalists is available at PublicSchoolOptions.org and its competition Facebook page.

"I want to thank PublicSchoolOptions.org for this incredible opportunity and recognition. Thank you to the parents and students that work with me every day that give me this incredible place to represent them," said Heather McFarland. "Every child is unique and deserves the best way to learn. Why limit them? That is why it is important in the virtual setting that we continue with the rigorous curriculum and support for the students and the parents. Innovation is the key to continue the success for every student."

PublicSchoolOptions.org is a national alliance of parents, students and teachers that supports and defends parents' rights to access the best public school options for their children.  The organization advocates for the growth and expansion of these schools and for policies that support open enrollment and free and equal access to these public school options for all children without restrictions.

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