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By Andi Bourne

Local teacher named Teacher of the Year Finalist


September 29, 2022

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Seeley Lake Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Sheila Devins relaxes in her classroom. Office of Public Instruction named her 2023 Teacher of the Year Finalist earlier in September.

SEELEY LAKE - "Teachers were the most intelligent, clever people who were really good at catching mistakes and telling you what you were doing wrong," was the perception Sheila Devins had about teachers while in grade school. "I just knew I would never be a teacher."

Currently a kindergarten teacher at Seeley Lake Elementary school, the Office of Public Instruction named Devins one of four 2023 Teacher of the Year Finalists from a record number of 57 nominees across Montana. Despite her lack of confidence in her ability to be "smart enough," others saw potential in Devins from an early age...

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