Educators from across the state were recently selected by their professional organizations as the best in their fields during the 2016-17 school year.
And three local educators were among them.
A total of 40 individuals were recognized this month by the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Education Association and Illinois Federation of Teachers, according to a news release.
The metro-east award winners included:
▪ Sandra Duniphan, of Pontiac-William Holliday School District 105, who earned the School Nutrition Champion recognition from the state board. Duniphan works in food services in the Fairview Heights school district.
▪ Tim McDermott, of Waterloo High School, who was named Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Association for Career & Technical Education. McDermott is an agriculture instructor.
▪ Meghan Tippy-King, of Whiteside School District 115, who earned the Barack Obama Library Award from the Illinois Reading Council. Tippy-King teaches language arts at Whiteside Middle School in Belleville.
The Exemplary Teacher Recognition Luncheon took place June 20 in Normal.