The Correctional Education Association of Ohio (CEAO) sponsors a Teacher of the Year Award contest annually. The winner of the contest is announced at the Fall Training Event. Individuals eligible to win the award must be CEAO members and must spend at least 51% of their time teaching in a correctional setting. Nominations were received from the Ohio Department of Youth Services and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. During the selection process, five finalists are chosen. From the five finalists, a winner is selected. This year the five finalists were, Loranza Payton, Indian River High School, Lisa Poff, Richland Correctional Institution, Duwayne Shoup, Mansfield Correctional Institution, Deborah Turner, Southeastern Correctional Institution and David Weibel, Ohio Reformatory for Women. This year’s CEAO Teacher of the Year winner was Deborah Turner from Southeastern Correctional Institution. Deborah will represent CEAO at the Region III/IV Conference competition to be held in spring 2013. The Runner-Up for 2012 is Lisa Poff, Richland Correctional Institution. Both of these teachers represent the best that correctional education has to offer!