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Evans High School teacher is selected People Magazine Teacher of the Year

Orange County Public Schools

Jennifer Bohn

Because a picture speaks a thousand words, here is Evans High School teacher Jennifer Bohn surrounded by her students. This is where you will find her most often.

Bohn teaches leadership development and is the coordinator of the International Baccalaureate program at Evans High School in Orlando.

She believes the key to helping students succeed is to show them that "someone cares about them." So she reaches beyond the school walls. "When you go to their homes," Bohn says, "you can tell what's going on and what other influences they have in their lives." In her 18 years of teaching, Bohn - who many students call "mom" - has amassed an impressive number of success stories. One of them, Latoya Mack, now 30, is a college graduate and is about to start a master's degree in education. Mack said, "She insisted I would not fail."

People Magazine editors, along with an independent panel of advisors from the education community, selected the five winners. The panel of advisors includes: Kim Oliver Burnim, reading intervention teacher at Broad Acres Elementary School in Silver Spring, MD; John Deasy, Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District; Lily Eskelsen, vice president, National Education Association; Wendy Kopp, CEO and founder, Teach for America; John Legend, Grammy-winning musician and founder of the Show Me Campaign.

Jennifer Bohn was a 2009 Macy's Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year finalist. She was one of five educators in the running statewide for the top honor. In 2001, Bohn also represented her school as the teacher of the year candidate.

For her current honor, she receives $4,000 for Evans High School and $1,000 for personal use. The issue featuring Bohn goes on sale Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.