2 area teachers are among 132 vying for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award

Published 9:13 am Friday, January 27, 2017

The 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be chosen from a field of 132 candidates, according to a press release. These candidates have accepted their nominations and completed the required materials to become eligible for the honor.

This year’s program will name the 53rd Minnesota Teacher of the Year, celebrating the tradition of excellence in teaching in Minnesota. Candidates include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade and Adult Basic Education teachers, from public or private schools.

The 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced May 7 at Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington. Over the coming weeks, a 25-member panel of community leaders will name a group of semifinalists and finalists.

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Area candidates for the honor include Margo Wayne of Albert Lea Public Schools and Stephanie Hallman of Alden-Conger School District.

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, Radisson Blu Mall of America, SMART Technologies and United Educators Credit Union.