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Morris Area math and social studies teacher Shelley Messner (center) with some of her students after being named the Morris Area district's 2008 Teacher of the Year last week.

Morris Area teacher Shelley Messner finds it all adds up

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By Tom Larson

Sun Tribune

Shelley Messner grew up with a mother who was a teacher, and Shelley had no intention of falling in line behind Mom.

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Shelley was going to be an accountant.

"I just wasn't going to bring home that much work at night and get paid what teachers get paid," she said.

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