"PEOPLE" presents Mary Kurt-Mason of Pagosa Springs High School with the 2013 "Teacher of the Year" Award, on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 in Pagosa Springs, Colo. (Photo by Nathan Bilow/Invision for ... more 
"PEOPLE" presents Mary Kurt-Mason of Pagosa Springs High School with the 2013 "Teacher of the Year" Award, on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 in Pagosa Springs, Colo. (Photo by Nathan Bilow/Invision for PEOPLE Magazine/AP Images) less 
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Thu, Oct 24, 2013 6:42 PM EDT