Teacher Janna Paes, who teaches 10th-12th grade Social Studies at Starkville High School, is the Congressional District 3 finalist for the Mississippi Department of Education Teacher of the Year. The Teacher of the Year program recognizes exemplary teachers in the state. The award recipient will be asked to share expertise through various presentations, professional development and activities for the improvement of education. The recipient also will receive a $5,000 stipend and will represent Mississippi in the National Teacher of the Year competition. The recipient will be announced Thursday, April 29.