LEBANON, Ind. (AP) - An agriculture science teacher from Lebanon High School is the state's top teacher for 2010.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett praised Byron Ernest's dedication to teaching as he presented the Indiana Teacher of the Year award Tuesday.
Ernest has taught in Indiana schools for 25 years and recently launched the agriculture department at Lebanon High School. The program now has more than 500 students enrolled.
Jay Vahle of Woodbrook Elementary in Carmel was the runner-up.
Ernest will receive a technology package from the SMARTer Kids Foundation, a $1,000 cash award and Indiana's nomination for the 2010 National Teacher of the Year competition.
He will be honored at a banquet Nov. 4.
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