At a Friday, Feb. 5, curbside event, Pine River-Backus' own Linda Henkel was named the 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year.

Henkel was congratulated by a crowd of admirers on the nearby sidewalk. She has been with the school district since 1974 and has been recognized as Teacher of the Year twice before, in 2003 and 2010.

Henkel has been teaching third and fourth grades through distance learning since Sept. 9, but now will teach students in grades three, four and six due to a drop in distance learning enrollment.

Look for a more in-depth story on this year's Teacher of the Year in next week's Echo Journal.

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