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Maura Johnson was selected as the 2014 Teacher of the Year on Wednesday by the Bemidji Education Association. Johnson, a special education teacher at Bemidji Middle School, praised others who help her keep motivated. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Shining a light for students: Bemidji Area Schools award Teacher, Support Professional of the Year honors

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BEMIDJI — Maura Johnson is a teacher, not an electrician — but she loves empowering her students.

Johnson said the most rewarding aspect of her job is when “the light comes on” for her students.

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“When they’re in school, and school’s been troubling, and… they get the first A or the first B, and they’re going ‘I can do this’” she said. “That’s what’s fun.”

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