All six are inspiring, dedicated educators who are making a difference in their students' lives. They are:
Art Almquist, a drama teacher at Tucson High Magnet School
Jeromie Heath, a fifth grade teacher at Pine Tree Elementary School in Kent, Wash.
Kaylie Gomez, a third grade teacher at Wisdom Academy for Young Scientists in Los Angeles
Diedre Young, a science teacher at Ridgway Christian School in Pine Bluff, Ark.
Kevin Crosby, a special education teacher at Independence High School in Bakersfield, Calif.
Genein Letford, a music teacher for K-5 students at New Academy Canoga Park in Los Angeles
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