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Two P-H-M Teachers named among IDOE's Top 30 "2020 Teacher of the Year" finalists

Christine Austin and Jeanie Mitchell
(top) 4th grade Walt Disney Teacher Christine Austin; (bottom) Penn High School's Jeanie Mitchell

P-H-M’s Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year learned today that they have been selected among the Indiana Department of Education’s Top 30 Finalists for the Indiana Teacher of the Year.


Christine Austin is a fourth grade teacher at Walt Disney Elementary School. Mrs. Austin learned in a surprise announcement in the Spring that she had been chosen as P-H-M’s Elementary Teacher of the Year. Click here to see the video of the surprise announcement and to learn more about Mrs. Austin.


Jeanie Mitchell teaches French at Penn High School and is the Freshman Academy Leader. Superintendent Dr. Jerry Thacker also surprised Madame Mitchell with the good news that she had been named Secondary Teacher of the Year by popping in on her class back in April. Click to watch the video.


Austin and Mitchell were among 30 teachers chosen as the top finalists from a field of 61 applicants. P-H-M is only one of two school districts, and the only one in the Michiana area, that has two teachers who made the Top 30!


The IDOE TOY Selection Committee will determine the “Top 10” within the next few weeks, with those finalists being invited to the “Top 10 Interview Day” on September 12.