Three finalists were selected Friday for the title of Hartford's teacher of the year.
Lauren Davern, Gary Lotreck and Richard McHugh Jr. have made it through several months of screening and interviews.
43 candidates were nominated for the award.
Davern, a social studies teacher at Capital Prep, helped develop the a summer program that focuses on the life of Mark Twain and takes place at the writer's home.
She also directs her school's senior social justice program.
Lotreck, a Connecticut native, has taught English in Hartford Public Schools for 27 years.
He received Teacher of the Year at the magnet school Pathways to Technology.
McHugh Jr. was also born and raised in the state.
He was the first person in his family to attend college and has taught at Sanchez School for 10 years. He is currently the lead mentor for new teachers.
Before a winner is chosen, the three finalists will be recorded teaching in their classrooms and will write an essay.
The winner will be announced on May 26 in a ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Hartford.
To be nominated for the award, the teacher must be tenured, engaged in community affairs and show excellent teaching skills.
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