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Anchorage middle school math teacher named Alaska teacher of the year

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JUNEAU, Alaska — An Anchorage middle school math teacher has been named Alaska teacher of the year for 2015.

John Bruce, a teacher at Romig Middle School, received the honor Sunday at the Association of Alaska School Boards conference in Anchorage.

The teacher of the year and an alternate are chosen by a committee of members of major educational associations and the current teacher of the year.

The state department of education, which gives the award, says the committee considers a written application, a video snapshot of the teacher in the classroom and an interview.

The alternate teacher of the year is Lee Butterfield, an English and electronic media teacher at South Anchorage High.

Finalists were Ruth Segler of North Pole and Erika Schneider of Dillingham.

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