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MT Teacher of the Year in running for national award

Linda Rost announced as a finalist for National Teacher of the Year

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MONTANA — The Council of Chief State School Officers announced that Montana’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, Linda Rost, is a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year recognition. 

Rost teaches science courses at Baker High School. She is one of four finalists out of the cohort of 55 state and territory teachers of the year from around the country.

“I am so humbled and honored to be selected as a National Teacher of the Year finalist,” Rost said Thursday. “I am passionate about rural education and providing the best possible education for all students. I am a product of the teacher shortage and came into teaching from another field. I hope to be an advocate across Montana and the nation for teacher recruitment and retention by exploring creative and innovative ways to recruit and retain teachers.”

“Montana is blessed to have some of the highest quality educators in the nation, and Rost is proof of that,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen said Thursday. “I want to congratulate Linda on this extraordinary national achievement and thank her for making the Baker community and Montana proud.”

Montana has only had one National Teacher of the Year. Richard Nelson from Kalispell earned the honor in 1956. The Montana Teacher of the Year program has been operated by the Montana Office of Public Instruction since 2018-19. The National Teacher of the Year Program has been administered by CCSSO, the national organization, which represents state superintendents, since 1952. To learn more about the Montana program, visit:

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