The Sarasota county Teacher of year finalists have been announced. Three Sarasota teachers were surprised by friends, family members and district officials as they learned they were finalists for the 2020 Teacher of the Year award.

Venice Elementary's Heather Young, Sarasota Military Academy Prep's Marissa Dobbert and Venice High School's Josh Grant all were named finalists for the district's top honor for educators, which is bestowed by the Education Foundation of Sarasota. The winner will be announced in December.