Ashland University Alumna One of Five National Finalists

Ashland University Alumna One of Five National Finalists
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4/30/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Stacie Starr, an alumna of Ashland University’s Elyria Center, is one of five national finalists selected for the “Top Teacher Search” on the TV show “LIVE with Kelly and Michael.”

While at Ashland University, Starr was an elementary education/education of the handicapped major through the Schar College of Education. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Ashland University in the summer of 2002. Currently, she is employed as an intervention specialist at Elyria High School.

In March, “LIVE” announced the annual search to honor teachers across the country and Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan named the top 12 finalists April 25 on "LIVE with Kelly and Michael." Viewers voted for their five favorites and the top five were announced on LIVE April 29.

All five will travel to New York City for taping shows to be aired during “LIVE Top Teacher Week” May 12-16. After each finalist is featured during the week of May 12, viewers vote for the Top Teacher. The winner will be announced May 20, and will be awarded a grand prize of a 2015 Ford Escape.

“As a finalist for the award, Stacie will appear on the “Live with Kelly and Michael” show during the week of May 12,” said Adam Sikula, director of the M.Ed. and Bachelor’s Plus programs for AU's Stark, Cleveland and Elyria centers. “Please join us in congratulating Stacie on this wonderful achievement and lend your support to her candidacy for this tremendous honor in the coming weeks.”

The website for the Live with Kelly and Michael’s “Top Teacher Search” can be found by clicking here --

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