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West Fargo educator Noonan receives national recognition

Andrea Noonan

Andrea Noonan, a technology integration specialist and language arts teacher at Liberty Middle School in West Fargo, will receive the 2015 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence.

Noonan is among fewer than 40 other teachers from across the nation to earn the award.

The educators were nominated by their National Education Association state affiliates.

Each educator’s school will receive a $650 award.

Noonan will travel to Washington, D.C., for the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in February 2015.

“Educators like these are critical to their students’ academic success, and they deserve national recognition.” said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation, in a press release.

From the 39 state award recipients, five finalists will be selected to receive $10,000 cash awards.

After the gala, one finalist will be named the nation’s top educator and receive an additional $25,000.

The NEA Foundation and the National Education Association jointly present the awards.