Billings educator honored as Montana history teacher of the year

Historians, educators and proud Montanans gathered at the State Capitol in Helena Friday to honor the 2020 Montana History teacher of the year.

Abbey Kochel is the 31st educator to receive the Montana Statehood Centennial Bell Award.

Kochel teaches seventh grade at Castle Rock Middle School in Billings. Inspired by her father to become a teacher, Kochel said Castle Rock also happens to be the same school he taught at.