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Seattle teacher, Andrea Peterson, was honored on Thursday as national teacher of the year. Peterson is only the second music teacher to receive the award in the 57 years it has been given by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Peterson, 33, has taught in the district for 10 years and works at Monte Cristo Elementary School in the small northwest Washington community of Granite Falls. When she landed her first teaching job, she faced the daunting task of creating a music program with almost no money for supplies in a climate where music was seen as just providing a break for students and teachers. Peterson will spend the next year out of the classroom, serving as a teacher advocate.