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2 St. Louis-area teachers named finalists for Missouri's Teacher of the Year award

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A pair of St. Louis-area teachers are among the finalists for Missouri's Teacher of the Year. 

Katherine Arens and Nancy Luebbers were named in the final seven teachers up for the award. 

Luebbers, who teachers fifth grade at Barbara Jordan Elementary School, already won Teacher of the Year award in the University City District for the 2015-2016 school year. District leaders said Luebbers is an instructional leader in-and-out of the classroom. 

Arens, a Lindbergh High School English teacher, incorporated new ways her students can learn. She convinced the school district to purchase rocking chairs and yoga balls to allow students to be more comfortable. Some students even stand while they learn, if they so choose. 

Arens said she did not see this coming and was humbled by the honor. 

"I was very surprised and definitely taken back because I'm very young in my career. It was quite an honor," Arens said. 

Eric Conchran, Lindbergh High School principal, said one look into Arens' classroom is enough to show the kind of teacher she is. 

Honesty, all you have to do is look at (Arens') room and you can tell she is a forward thinking teacher, innovative, and somebody who is trying to take education to a different place," Conchran said. 

The finalist for the award will be announced at the end of the month and will qualify the winner to represent the state of Missouri in the National Teacher of the Year award. 

In October, the winner and finalists will be honored at a banquet in Jefferson City. 

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