A teacher at Richland's River's Edge High School and Three Rivers HomeLink was recognized as a top teacher by a state education group.
Forrest McKinnis, a career and technology teacher, was named 2012-13 Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Washington Association for Learning Alternatives, according to a release from the Richland School District.
McKinnis has been a key part of the science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, or STEAM, program at Three Rivers HomeLink, which is an alternative school with about 400 students.
"Teachers like Forrest are the future in education," said HomeLink Principal Eric Sobotta in the release.
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"He engages students in applicable learning in which they are thinking and using modern technology."