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Washington state teacher named "teacher of the year"

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SEATTLE, Wash.-A music teacher from Washington state is this year's national teacher of the year. Her colleagues say Andrea Peterson has done an outstanding job weaving lessons from other classrooms into her music program at Monte Cristo Elementary School in Granite Falls, Washington.

For example, when students read S.E. Hinton's novel "The Outsiders," Peterson helped them write a play with scenes from the book. They chose three Broadway tunes that focused on race, equality and social justice, the themes of the book. Peterson herself composed two other songs after classroom discussions about the play and the book.

She says it's essential for schools to offer classes like art or music and physical education because they are the only things that motivate some students to come back to school day after day.

Peterson will be honored in the nation's capital tomorrow and will spend the next year as a teacher advocate.

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