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7 teachers from SE MN are candidates for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

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Created: February 08, 2021 12:17 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The 2021 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be chosen from a field of 75 candidates and 7 of those teachers from southeast Minnesota. These candidates have accepted their nominations and completed the required materials to become eligible for the honor.

This year’s program will name the 57th Minnesota Teacher of the Year. The program celebrates the tradition of excellence in teaching in Minnesota. Eligible candidates include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade, Early Childhood Family Education and Adult Basic Education teachers, from public or private schools.

Here are the 7 canidates from southeast Minnesota that are candidates for 2021 Minnesota Teacher of the Year: 
 
- Jill Magnuson, Dover-Eyota Public Schools
- Tami Rhea, Dover-Eyota Public Schools
- Suzette Ehlke Rowen, Dover-Eyota Public Schools
- Jess Wagner, Owatonna Public Schools
- Natalia Benjamin, Rochester Public Schools
- Monica Maloney, Triton Public Schools
- Shannon Helgeson, Winona Area Public Schools

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, SMART Technologies and United Educators Credit Union. 

An independent panel of leaders in the fields of education, business, government, nonprofit and philanthropy will read candidates’ portfolios over the next few weeks and narrow the list to a group of semifinalists. In March, the panel will convene again and review additional materials from the semifinalists to choose a group of finalists. Because of safety precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the scheduled Minnesota Teacher of the Year banquet, set for May 2 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, may be postponed.


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