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The past year has been hard for every single person in their own way, but there are definitely industries that got hit harder than others. Teachers and educators being one of them. ABC’s Live with Kelly and Ryan is hosting “Live’s Top Teacher Search” where they plan to honor one special teacher to show appreciation for everything they went through since the start of the pandemic.

One North Carolina teacher has been chosen as a Top 10 finalist! Zandrea Eagle is a 12th grade English teacher at Holly Springs High School in Fuquay-Varina. She is a volunteer around her community and is a single parent to her five children.

Here are the top 10 finalists:

Here is the full list of finalists:

  • Summer Aschenbach — 3rd grade, Smyrna, GA
  • Lindsay Barnett — 2nd grade, Chicago, IL
  • Pauline Bourne — Kindergarten, Jennings, LA
  • Eurith Bowen — Functional Life Skills, Fairfax, VA
  • Zandrea Eagle — 12th grade English, Fuquay-Varina, NC
  • Jamie Ewing — Elementary STEM, Bronx, NY
  • Bob Lutticken — Biology, Poway, CA
  • Nisha Malahoo — 1st grade, Orlando, FL
  • Lindsay Orcutt — Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Brooklyn, NY
  • Krista Pontius — Agriculture, Millerstown, PA

The teacher who wins the grand prize will receive $10,000 and will get another $10,000 from Sonic Drive-In to go toward classroom supplies.

Help us help a local teacher! Click here to vote for Zandrea Eagle on the Kelly & Ryan website.