Indiana Teacher of the Year honored at White House

Photo shows U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, left, alongside Indiana Teacher of the Year Kathy Nimmer, right, and her guide dog, Elias, in the White House Rose Garden Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (Photo Provided/Rokita's Office)

WASHINGTON (WLFI) – Indiana Teacher of the Year Kathy Nimmer was honored at the White House as one of four finalists nationwide in the National Teacher of the Year contest.

U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita — also the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education — was cheering along for Nimmer, an English teacher at Harrison High School, at Wednesday’s ceremony. The last time Indiana had a finalist was in 1996.

Even though a teacher from Texas took home the national honor, Rokita said Nimmer is an inspiration to all who hear her incredible story.

“Not only is she an exceptional teacher who has spent more than 20 years perfecting her craft, she has also managed to excel in the classroom despite blindness,” Rokita said. “Ms. Nimmer represents the Hoosier state well and deserves this recognition as 2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year and as a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year.”

Since 1952 the National Teacher of the Year program has been honoring excellence in teaching. It’s one of the oldest and most prestigious programs in the teaching profession.

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