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Jefferson City Public Schools and the Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation announced Tuesday afternoon the district’s 2019 Eisinger Teacher of the Year, Regina Roe, has been chosen as a Regional Teacher of the Year.

Roe was chosen as one of three Mid-Missouri regional winners by the University of Missouri’s Heart of Missouri Regional Professional Development Center in Columbia, according to a news release from JCPS.

“I would not be the teacher I am today without the village I have been a part of through the years — my students, their parents, my co-workers and my family. While this award has been bestowed upon me, it is really recognition for us all,” Roe said in the news release.

She was named JCPS’ Eisinger Teacher of the Year in April at the district’s staff appreciation banquet.

Roe was one of six finalists for the award named after and sponsored by former JCPS teacher and Missouri Teacher of the Year award winner Linda Eisinger.

“Regina Roe has demonstrated an extraordinary ability to effectively reach high school students as a teacher at Jefferson City High School for the past 25 years,” JCPS Superintendent Larry Linthacum said in the district’s news release Tuesday.

“Our district has been blessed by her leadership, and we wholeheartedly congratulate her on this achievement,” Linthacum added.

Roe has been a teacher for 28 years. She first taught in Columbia and then in Harlingen, Texas, before she started at Jefferson City High School in 1994; she teaches math at JCHS.

As a regional teacher of the year winner, Roe will compete for Missouri State Teacher of the Year through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, along with 33 other regional winners from across the state.

As a district award winner, Roe received $1,000, as well as additional monetary gifts from the local Central, Hawthorn and Jefferson Banks as a finalist.

According to DESE’s information about regional awards, honors for regional winners include a $250 cash award and a recognition banquet by the Missouri State Board of Education.

To be eligible for regional recognition, public or charter school teacher candidates must be “highly respected by students, parents, colleagues and the community;” “must play an active role in the school community providing service and leadership;” and “must be able to demonstrate a strong ability to foster excellence in education through improved student learning,” according to DESE.

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