Kim Sturdivant-Miller, a 22-year science instructor at Southwest Academy Magnet Middle School, was named Teacher of the Year for a five-state region by Magnet Schools of America.

She now is among six teachers from across the United States who are candidates for national teacher of the year honors.

The association's national principal and teacher of the year will be announced on May 7 during the organization's annual conference in Tulsa, OK.

The teacher of the year award from Magnet Schools of America recognizes educators who exemplify excellence in academic achievement through innovative programs that promote equality, diversity, and academic excellence for students in magnet schools.

The designation is the second major honor this year for Miller, who lives in Randallstown.

On Thursday, Feb. 28, she was to be honored by the Technology & Engineering Educators Association of Maryland with its Maryland middle school teacher excellence award.

The award means she will represent Maryland during the 2013 International Technology and Engineering Educators Association conference in Ohio later this month.