NEWSBRIEF: Nominations open for 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Everyone remembers a favorite teacher, someone who motivates and inspires students for a lifetime. Minnesotans have the opportunity again this fall to nominate that unique educator for Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

Nominations are open and can be submitted online through Nov. 15. The 2019 Teacher of the Year will be named at a ceremony May 5, 2019, at the St. Paul RiverCentre. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year also becomes Minnesota’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year.

Eligible nominees must teach in a public or nonpublic pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school, or in an Adult Basic Education or ECFE program, working at least 50 percent of the time directly with students; hold a bachelor’s degree and a Minnesota teaching license; have completed five years of teaching by the nomination deadline; and intend to teach during the 2019-20 school year.

Anyone may nominate a teacher. Self-nominations are also accepted.

The state program has been highly successful nationally — Minnesota ranks second behind California with four National Teachers of the Year. For more information or to receive a paper nomination form, call Sara Schumacher at 651-292-4864 or 800-652-9073.

Organized and underwritten by Education Minnesota, the Minnesota Teacher of the Year program receives support from Education Minnesota ESI, Educators Lifetime Solutions, EFS Advisors, Harvard Club of Minnesota Foundation, McDonald’s Restaurants of Minnesota and United Educators Credit Union.

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