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Roanoke teacher named to National Teachers Hall of Fame

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Roanoke teacher Wade Whitehead is one of five people named to the National Teachers Hall of Fame this year. The announcement was made on the group's Facebook page.

"Wade has had 22 years in the classroom. He is currently teaching 5th grade at Crystal Spring Elementary in Roanoke, VA. Wade comes from a long line of educators as he is the fourth generation to teach!" said the Facebook post.

To be nominated, teachers must have a minimum of 20 years of full-time pre-K-12 teaching experience. Once the submission list is narrowed down, semi-finalists must submit a three-minute DVD.

"The National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF), located in Emporia, Kansas, was founded in 1989 by Emporia State University, the ESU Alumni Association, the City of Emporia, USD 253, and the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce as a tribute to our nation's most important profession – – teaching. The Hall of Fame is committed to drawing the public's attention to exceptional PreK-12 teachers through a museum, teacher resource center, and recognition program which honors five of the nation's most outstanding PreK-12 educators each year," says the NTHF website. "The NTHF is the only facility of its kind dedicated to recognizing career teachers, to preserving and promoting education, and to serving our country by inspiring others to enter the teaching profession."

Inductees will be honored in Washington, D.C. in May at the headquarters of the National Education Association and inducted during the second week of June in Emporia, Kansas.

The NTHF currently has teachers from 37 states and the District of Columbia inducted.

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