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National Teachers Hall of Fame names 2015 inductees

The Class of 2015 has been named, and the National Teachers Hall of Fame is celebrating the addition of five teachers after surprise assemblies in Kansas, Virginia, Washington State and New York State.

Susan Rippe is a high school and college-level biology teacher at Olathe Northwest.

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Richard Ognibene is a chemistry and physics teacher in Rochester, N.Y. He was surprised as part of a student award ceremony.

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Retired math teacher Dr. Patricia Jordan of New York City was surprised with the honor while working with students at her alma mater in Brooklyn.

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Bristol, Va., elementary science teacher Ben Talley:

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Brigitte Tennis, a middle school teacher from Redmond, Wash., was the fifth surprise inductee of the day.

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The National Teachers Hall of Fame started inducting teachers in 1992, meaning now 120 teachers from across the country will be recognized for their work with induction ceremonies in Washington, D.C., in May and the formal ceremonies in Emporia in June.

For information about the National Teachers Hall of Fame, call 341-5660 or go online to www.nthf.org.