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 open Oct. 1, and remain open through Sunday, Nov. 15. Nominations can be submitted online by accessing a simple nomination form on www.educationminnesota.org, starting Oct. 1. The 2016 Teacher of the Year will be named at a ceremony May 15, 2016, at the Radisson Blu Mall of America. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year also becomes Minnesota?Äôs candidate for National Teacher of the Year.
Eligible nominees must meet these criteria:
?Ä¢ Teach in a public or nonpublic Pre-K through 12th-grade school, working at least 50 percent of the time directly with students.
?Ä¢ Hold a bachelor?Äôs degree and a Minnesota teaching license.
?Ä¢ Have completed three years of teaching by the nomination deadline.
?Ä¢ Intend to teach during the 2016-17 school year.
Anyone may nominate a teacher. Self-nominations are also accepted.
The state program has been highly successful nationally ?Äì Minnesota ranks second behind California with four National Teachers of the Year.
For more information or to receive a nomination form, call Kieren Steinhoff at (651) 292-4865 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?Äôs Restaurants of Minnesota, Radisson Blu Mall of America, SMART Technologies, TruStone Financial and United Educators Credit Union.