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Phil Rannila (center) of Denfeld High School reacts Wednesday after being awarded the 2014 Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award. (Clint Austin /

From auto technician to award-winning teacher: Denfeld's Rannila wins Goldfine award

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People who know him describe Denfeld High School teacher Phil Rannila as “unassuming.” The word comes up repeatedly. He agrees.  


“I am unassuming,” he said.

But on Wednesday, at the 2014 Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award ceremony at the Inn on Lake Superior, the Automotive Systems and Tech teacher was chosen to assume center stage.

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