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New Rochelle Teacher In Finals Of 'Kelly & Michael' Contest

New Rochelle teacher Ann Marie Rooney is one of five finalists in the top teacher contest on 'Live With Kelly & Michael.'
New Rochelle teacher Ann Marie Rooney is one of five finalists in the top teacher contest on 'Live With Kelly & Michael.' Photo Credit: 'Live With Kelly & Michael'

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- She made the grade: Ann Marie Rooney, a teacher at William B. Ward Elementary School in New Rochelle, is one of five finalists in the fourth annual Top Teacher Contest being held by the talk show "Live With Kelly & Michael," according to the show's website .

Rooney, along with the other Top 5 teachers, will appear on the show the week of April 29. The five were selected from among a dozen nominees in online voting.

Rooney was nominated by parent Timothy Bavosa, who wrote a moving letter to "Live With Kelly & Michael" about the work she has done with his son, Timothy, 7, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 18 months

"Mrs. Rooney is a legend in the city of New Rochelle and a hero to our family and especially Timothy," Bavosa wrote. "Mrs. Rooney is the most shining example of what we believe teachers should be and what we pray our children are exposed to when entering a classroom."

To read more about Bavosa's letter nominating Rooney, check out this story at The New Rochelle Daily Voice .

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