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 can be submitted online or by mail through Nov. 15. The 2020 Teacher of the Year will be named at a ceremony May 3, 2020, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year also becomes Minnesota’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year.

Eligible nominees must meet these criteria:

  • Teach in a public or nonpublic pre-kindergarten–12th grade school, or in an Adult Basic Education or ECFE program, working at least 50 percent of the time directly with students;
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree and a Minnesota teaching license;
  • Have completed five years of teaching by the nomination deadline;
  • Intend to teach during the 2020-21 school year.

Anyone may nominate a teacher. Self-nominations are also accepted.

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The state program has been highly successful nationally — Minnesota ranks third in the nation with four National Teachers of the Year.

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 and United Educators Credit Union.

For more information or to receive a paper nomination form, call Ashley Behrens at 651-292-4862 or 800-652-9073.