A Lathrop High School math teacher has been named Alaska’s Teacher of the Year.
As part of the award, Christopher Benshoof will receive technology for his school, receive a scholarship to pursue an advanced degree and attend an international space camp.
The state education department gives out the award as part of a national program sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers.
According to a department news release, English and reading teacher Brandy Bishop of Houston Middle School was named Alternate Teacher of the Year 2013.
Bishop would serve as Alaska teacher of the year if Benshoof were named national teacher of the year.
The Alaska honorees are chosen by a committee that includes members of major educational associations and the current teacher of the year.