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Sydney Chaffee, a humanities teacher at Codman Academy Charter Public School in Dorchester, has been named a finalist for National Teacher of the Year.
Chaffee, who was named Massachusetts Teacher of the Year in May, also coordinates Codman's partnership during the school year with the Huntington Theatre Company.
Gov. Charlie Baker praised Chaffee for her work in the classroom, saying, "Ms. Chaffee's dedication to her students and willingness to lead both inside and outside of the classroom are representative of the Commonwealth's strong teaching force. I am proud to congratulate her on this well-deserved national recognition."
The winner of the teacher of the year award will be announced in the spring, and be recognized by the president of the United States.
Correction: An earlier version of this story said Chaffee managed the summer theatre institute at Huntington Theatre Company, but that is not accurate. She coordinates the Codman Academy partnership with Huntington during the school year. We regret the error.
This segment aired on January 10, 2017.