The Kelly and Ryan Live television show is looking for America's top teacher and that person may just be living here in south Louisiana.

Pauline Bourne, a Kindergarten teacher at James Ward Elementary in Jennings, has reached the top 10 in the show's Top Teacher Search.

Mrs. Bourne has taught at the school for 35 years and was nominated by a fellow teacher.

The letter reads in part: "I have worked as a teacher and school counselor in many schools for over 17 years and I have never seen such a dedicated teacher as Mrs. Bourne. She is truly deserving of this award. Once you meet her, you will be just as aware of the joy she exudes for education."

The winner of the talk show's competition will be awarded $10,000 plus $10,000 in teacher project funding from Sonic.

If you'd like to read the nomination letter in its entirety and also vote for Mrs. Bourne, visit Ryan and Kelly Live's "Top Teacher Search page here. Voting is open through Thursday, April 29th.

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