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Anne Marie Rooney of New Rochelle named top teacher finalist on 'Live with Kelly and Michael'
Applause for one of Westchester's very own.
New Rochelle educator Anne Marie Rooney was named one of five finalists for top teacher in a contest on "Live with Kelly and Michael" Tuesday morning.
Rooney is a special-education teacher at Ward Elementary School. She was nominated by the parents of one of her students, Timothy Bavosa, who wrote an impassioned letter to the TV show, calling Rooney “a legend in the city of New Rochelle” and “a hero to our family.”
Rooney has worked with special-education students for more than 20 years.
"They need such patience and understanding that you have to be able to be tolerant with them, day in and day out, in order for them to be successful," Rooney told Newsday previously.
Ward Elementary School Principal Franco Miele called Rooney an "amazing educator" and said he let out a "big happy yell" when a producer from the show called to give him the news this morning.
"It's fantastic for Anne Marie and it's a tremendous honor for Ward School and our school district," Miele said.
A crew from the show is set to visit Ward School later this week to record Rooney in action in the classroom.
The four other finalists are: Kathy Green of Summerville Elementary in Summerville, S.C.; Erin Palonen of Griswold Middle School in Griswold, Conn.; Suzette Steward of Cinco Ranch Junior High School in Katy, Texas; and Rick Zano of Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Va.
Rooney will appear on a segment of the TV show during the week of April 29. Viewers will be able to vote for a winner who will be announced on May 6.
We'll be glued to the tube for sure.