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Richland Educator Named Finalist for National Education Award

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RICHLAND, WA -  A teacher at River's Edge High School in Richland is being recognized as one of the nation's top educators.

Brian Sites is one of five teachers receiving the 2014 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence, a prestigious national award presented by the National Education Association Foundation. He teaches social studies, mathematics, and technology. 

Sites was nominated for the award by the Washington Education Association (WEA), the state's National Education Association affiliate. 

"Brian has been selected for this award by his peers because he has attained the highest teaching standards, as shown by his exemplary instruction, advocacy for the profession, attention to diversity, leadership in professional development, and engagement of parents and community," said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. 

Sites students will receive digital arts training from the Pearson Foundation as part of the award, and will create a short video to premiere at the Awards Gala. 

The NEA Foundation will live stream the event on its website on Feb. 7, 2014 at