Ford City Teacher Needs Votes in “Top Teacher Search”

A Ford City teacher is being recognized on cable television nationally for her efforts with students.

Friday morning on “LIVE with Kelly and Michael,” hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan announced the twelve semi-finalists for the 2014 edition of “LIVE’s Top Teacher Search,” and of those was Divine Reedmer School Teacher Danielle Kephart

In early March, “LIVE” announced the return of “Top Teacher Week,” a search to honor teachers from across the country for making their schools better, and for their service and commitment to their students and communities. All teachers are eligible, from public or private schools, from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
After receiving all of the nominations, “LIVE’s” producers selected the 12 semi-finalists – including Kephart – who was announced on Friday’s show.

From the pool of semi-finalists, “LIVE’s” viewers will determine the five finalists. Voting began Friday morning and lasts until 5PM tonight, April 28. Viewers are only able to vote once, but can read Divine Redeemer Principal Nicalena Carlesi’s recommendation letter of Kephart also on

Following an on-air announcement on April 29, the finalists will travel to New York City the week of May 12-16 to be showcased on “LIVE with Kelly and Michael.”

The educator chosen as the 2014 Top Teacher will be announced on “LIVE” the week of May 19.

Kephart earlier this year was named to receive the upcoming 2014 Carnegie Science Award for elementary education and also received the 2014 Outstanding Conservation Educator award by the Armstrong Conservation District in March.