Updated: February 05, 2021 02:46 PM
Created: February 05, 2021 02:37 PM
(ABC 6 News) - The 2021 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be chosen from a field of 75 candidates. 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.
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.
Area candidates are listed below:
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
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