Summerville Elementary School fifth grade teacher Kathy Green was recently crowned a top five teacher in the nation by a national talk show, but now she wants to be No. 1.

And to do so, she needs votes.

Green was recently named a finalist in the “Live with Kelly and Michael” search for the nation’s Top Teacher.

When she was showcased on the show Tuesday, she received a standing ovation from the audience. Hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan gave her a trophy, 30 Intel Inspired Toshiba Ultrabook Convertibles for her classroom, and a $5,000 shopping spree at Talbots.

Voting for the overall winner opens today at and runs through 3 p.m. Monday. Ballots can be cast daily.

The winner, who will be announced live on Tuesday’s show, will take home a 2014 Ford Escape and the winner’s school will receive $25,000.

The other finalists are: Erin Palonen of Griswold, Conn.; Ann Marie Rooney of New Rochelle, N.Y.; Suzette Steward of Katy, Texas; and Rick Zano of Virginia Beach, Va.

The show airs locally at 9 a.m. on WCIV.

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