Published: Jul 16, 2010 8:04 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 16, 2010 5:05 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla - Lee County Public Schools is proud to announce that Rebecca Crissy, a resource teacher at James Stephens International Academy during the 2009/10 school year, is one of three state finalists for the American Board of Certification of Teacher Excellence Teacher (ABCTE) of the Year 2010. Ms. Crissy, who is transferring to Tropic Isles Elementary for the coming school year, was nominated the principal of James Stephens International Academy Denise Phillips-Luster at James Stephens.

This is the first time the ABCTE is honoring a top instructor. The organization has issued more than 2,500 teaching certificates and decided to create a program to honor the outstanding work being done by teachers. The board will make its announcement in early August.

Ms. Crissy was nominated by her principal based on her work with students. She provides a personal touch, getting to know all of the 600+ students at James Stephens International Academy. She exhibits a willingness to help anyone and her door is always open to whoever needs her assistance.

Supporters of Mr. Crissy can log on to the ABCTE Web site to cast their vote for her – voting is open through July 29th. Visit that Web site at (