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Hamburg teacher finalist for teacher of the year

Hamburg Middle School social studies teacher Jason Steinagle has been named as one of the top teachers in New York State.

He was one of five finalists for Teacher of the Year, a designation by the state Education Department. A Newburgh, N.Y. teacher won the top honor.

Steinagle hopes to serve as a teacher ambassador, participating in professional development and teacher leadership opportunities across the state.

“It’s great recognition for what we’re doing in Hamburg,” Steinagle said of the honor. “Learning and the teaching career should be celebrated whenever possible.”