Orange County teacher selected People Magazine Teacher of the Year

Students call 18 year veteran Orlando educator "Mom"

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ORLANDO, Fla. - People Magazine has chosen Jennifer Bohn a leadership educator at Evans High School the 2012 Teacher of the Year.

Bohn teaches leadership development and is the coordinator of the International Baccalaureate program at Evans High School in Orlando.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Bohn is quoted as saying the key to helping students succeed is to show them that "someone cares about them."

In her 18 years of teaching, Bohn – who many students call "mom" – has built a legacy of student success stories.

One of them, Latoya Mack, now 30, is a college graduate and is about to start a master's degree in education. Mack said, "She insisted I would not fail."

People Magazine editors, along with an independent panel of advisors from the education community, selected Bohn and four other teachers around the country.

Jennifer Bohn was a 2009 Macy's Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year finalist. She was one of five educators in the running statewide for the top honor. In 2001, Bohn also represented her school as the teacher of the year candidate.

For her current honor, she receives $4,000 for Evans High School and $1,000 for personal use. The issue featuring Bohn goes on sale Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.

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