New Minnesota Teacher of the Year to be announced this Sunday, May 6
St. Paul, MN — NEWS RELEASE – The new Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be named this Sunday, May 6.
The Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park hosts this year’s Teacher of the Year banquet. Katy Smith of Winona, the current Minnesota Teacher of the Year, will announce her successor at the banquet. This is the 48th year for the program. Minnesota has produced four National Teachers of the Year, more than any state except California.
The banquet takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Northland’s Grand Ballroom. The announcement of the new Teacher of the Year should take place around 2:30 p.m. The Northland Inn is located at Boone Avenue North and Interstate 694/94 in Brooklyn Park.
The 2012 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will come from a field of 10 finalists. There were 111 candidates in this year’s original field.
This year’s finalists are:
Christy Anderson, Mahtomedi, Mathematics, Grade 5, O.H. Anderson Elementary School
David Borash, Brainerd, Social Studies, Grades 11-12 , Brainerd Senior High School
Ryan Canton, St. Michael-Albertville, U.S. History, Grade 8, St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West
Bruce Danielson, Cambridge-Isanti, Mathematics, Grade 11, Cambridge-Isanti High School
Robyn Dettling Madson, Forest Lake, English, Grades 10-12, Forest Lake High School
Neil Eerdmans, Anoka-Hennepin, Elementary, Grade 3, Oxbow Creek Elementary School
Greg Goddard, St. Louis Park, AP Psychology/IB Psychology, Grades 11-12, St. Louis Park High School
Joe Meyer, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage, Language Arts, Grades 8-9, Eagle Ridge Junior High School
Eric Oppegard, Owatonna, Elementary, Grade 5, Lincoln Elementary School
Jackie Roehl, Edina, English, Grade 10, Edina High School
Education Minnesota, the 70,000-member statewide educators’ union, organizes and underwrites the Teacher of the Year program.
Candidates include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers from public or private schools. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year Program also receives support from the following organizations: The SMARTer Kids Foundation, The Northland Inn, United Educators Credit Union, the Harvard Club of Minnesota Foundation, Education Minnesota ESI, McDonald’s Restaurants of Minnesota, Pearson Education and TruStone Financial.