MIAMI -- Royal Caribbean International tapped Kathy Mellor, the National Teacher of the Year for 2004, to be the godmother to the line's newest -- the Jewel of the Seas.

Mellor will name the ship May 7 in Southampton, England, before the ship's maiden voyage.

Mellor has taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for 19 years at Davisville Middle School in North Kingstown, R.I. The National Teacher of the Year Program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers and is sponsored by Scholastic, Inc.

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