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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.


“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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