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2016 NTHF induction class announced

Inductions for the National Teachers Hall of Fame will be special in two months because this will be the 25th class for the hall.
 
The induction class was announced late Monday afternoon after a rarity: a split induction announcement, with four honorees receiving the special word in late March and one being honored last week. Hall of Fame Director Carol Strickland says this is a group worthy of notice.
 
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The 2016 induction class is as follows:
 
*Debra Hurst, a retired pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teacher from Austin, Texas.
*Jennifer Williams, a high school art teacher from Nampa, Fla.
*Wade Whitehead, a fifth-grade teacher from Roanoke, Va.
*Kimberly Bearden, a seventh-grade language arts teacher in Atlanta, Ga.
*June Teisan, a retired science teacher from Harper Woods, Mich.
 
Activities for the upcoming inductions pick up from here, with the first-ever Ride for Fallen Educators on Saturday. As has been the case the past several years, the actual induction ceremonies will be split between Washington, D.C., next month and Emporia in June.
 
Strickland says at least 60 former inductees are planning to return to Emporia for the milestone inductions, bringing some 2,000 years of combined education experience and pushing the Hall of Fame to do a lot of fundraising, first to bring the prior inductees to town and to document all the activities taking place this spring.
 
For more information about the inductions or the Hall of Fame, call 341-5660 or go online to www.nthf.org.