A Mountain View High School teacher has been named a 1997 Reader's Digest "American Hero in Education."

As one of 10 educators chosen for the award, Roz Capell will receive $5,000. Mountain View High will receive $10,000.The awards are given to educators who are solving critical problems facing American schools. Capell works with Mountain View students who are at risk of dropping out of school or not graduating.

Capell was chosen from a field of more than 600 educators nominated for the award.

In 1994, Capell was involved in a near-fatal auto accident while traveling from Orem to Cedar City with her daughter. While rehabilitating a broken neck and recovering from a paralyzing stroke, Capell lost her teaching job of 23 years.

However, she fought her way back, first as a volunteer and then as a substitute teacher before being hired by Alpine School District in her current position.

Capell was one of four Freedom Award winners at last summer's America's Freedom Festival at Provo.