An Ashland School District special education teacher is among four educators selected for "Teacher of the Year."

Bawaajigekwe Andrea DeBungie of Washburn, a special education teacher at Ashland Middle and Lake Superior Elementary schools in the Ashland School District, earned recognition as Special Services Teacher of the Year.

DeBungie, a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, facilitates learning as a community, honoring the history and wisdom that every student brings into the classroom while building the confidence they need to learn, according to a news release issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

"When connections are made with a student and a relationship is built within the classroom, there must be a deep understanding that the heart and mind cannot be separated," DeBungie said.

Selection of the four "Teachers of the Year" is through a statewide committee made up of educators, parents and community leaders. The panel reviews applications from the 86 public school recipients of the Kohl Teacher Fellowship who were named earlier this spring. Teacher Fellowship recipients are nominated and selected based on their ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.

Each of the teachers will be honored Sept. 19 at the state capitol, and each receives $6,000 from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.