Local Top Teacher needs online votes for contest

Summerville Elementary School teacher Kathy Green was showcased on the “Live with Kelly and Michael” show on Tuesday as one of five finalists in the show’s Top Teacher search.

David Russell

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 livekellyandmichael.com 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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