An Olentangy elementary school teacher is a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year award.

The Council of Chief State School Officers on Jan. 4 announced Olentangy's Jonathan Juravich is one of four teachers up for the nationwide honor. Juravich, an art teacher at Liberty Tree Elementary School just north of Powell, was named the 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year by the Ohio Department of Education last September.

Juravich, who also coaches cross country at Hyatts Middle School, helps lead art programs for students at the Columbus Arts Festival and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The three other finalists for the National Teacher of the Year award are:

Amy Andersen, an American Sign Language teacher at Ocean City High School in New Jersey. Kara Ball, an elementary school teacher employed by the Department of Defense Education Activity's DeLalio Elementary School, which serves Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Mandy Manning, an English teacher and intervention specialist at Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington.

The Council of Chief State School Officers will announce the award's winner in the spring. The nonprofit has given out the award since 1952.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) issued a statement Jan. 4 in recognition of Juravich's accomplishment.

"Mr. Juravich represents the very best of Ohio educators," Brown said. "People across the country are hearing about the work he's doing in Powell. I applaud the Council of Chief State School Officers for recognizing Mr. Juravich's dedication and creativity in the classroom."

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