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USA TODAY Announces 2004 All-USA Teacher Team.

MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- USA TODAY named 20 winners to its seventh All-USA Teacher Team, honoring them as representatives of all outstanding teaching in our nation's schools. The 2004 All-USA Teacher Team includes twenty teachers in grades K-12.

USA TODAY's All-USA Teacher Team honors individuals and instructional teams throughout the country. Team members will receive trophies and share $2,500 with their schools, with each teacher receiving $500 and $2,000 going to the school. All are honored in the nation's newspaper as representatives of outstanding teachers.

"We're pleased to honor these remarkable teachers who enhance education with initiative, enthusiasm and insight. They make a real difference for their students, schools and communities," said USA TODAY Editor Ken Paulson.
 Following are the Team winners:

 * Timothy R. Bunch
 Communities In Schools, South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice,
 Columbia, S.C.
 * Connie A. Christy
 Aynor Elementary School, Aynor, S.C.
 * Linda Dadon
 Ruffner Academy, Norfolk, Va.
 * Jill Fairhurst Hall
 Brown Elementary School, Brownsburg, Ind.
 * Pamela D. Hall
 Kaiserslautern Elementary School, Kaiserslautern Military Community,
 * Cathy Bonneville Hix
 Swanson Middle School, Arlington, Va.
 * Patricia Kelly Hunt
 Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights, Ohio
 * Scott Jordan
 Cuba-Rushford Central School, Cuba, N.Y.
 * Debbie M. Kohler
 Sequoyah High School, Canton, Ga.
 * Jane Koszoru
 College Academy at Broward Community College
 (combining high school and college), Davie, Fla.
 * John F. Mahoney
 Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, Washington, D.C.
 * Charlotte Mohling
 Wessington Springs School District 36-2, Wessington Springs, S.D.
 * Mark J. Mueller
 River Bluff Middle School, Stoughton, Wis.
 * Jill Sayuri Nakamura
 Wishon Elementary School, Fresno, Calif.
 * Lindy G. Poling
 Millbrook High School, Raleigh, N.C.
 * Suzanne Ransleben
 Carroll High School, Corpus Christi, Texas
 * Judy Reeves
 Baldwin County High School, Bay Minette, Ala.
 * Ellen Smith
 Gove Elementary School, Belle Glade, Fla.
 * Sandy Swanson
 Menomonee Falls High School, Menomonee Falls, Wis.
 * Deborah Lynn Tackmann
 North High School, Eau Claire, Wis.

The All-USA Teacher Team was selected by a panel of judges from nominees across the country. Teachers could be nominated by school administrators, students (past or present), students' parents, colleagues or family members. Teachers were then asked to describe their schools and students' needs and how they go about meeting those needs.

Criteria for the All-USA Teacher Team were developed in consultation with our co-sponsors: the National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Middle School Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the National Education Association.
 The 2004 All-USA Teacher Team final judges were:

 * Carol Antes, 1998 All-USA Teacher Team
 * Betty Bigney, 2000 All-USA Teacher Team
 * Penelope Earley, American Association of Colleges for Teacher
 * Janie MacIntyre, 2001 All-USA Teacher Team
 * Tim McDonough, American Council on Education
 * Antoinette Mitchell, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher
 * Robert Thornton, Housatonic Community College
 * Barbara Wilmer, National Association of Elementary School Principals
 * Josephine Zbylut-Burky, National Middle School Association

For more information on these winners see the Thursday, October 14, editions of USA TODAY or log on to

USA TODAY is the nation's top-selling newspaper. It is published via satellite at 36 locations in the USA and at four sites abroad. With a total average daily circulation of 2.3 million, USA TODAY is available worldwide. USA TODAY is published by Gannett Co. Inc. .

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