ST. PAUL, MN – The 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be chosen from a field of 167 candidates. These candidates have accepted their nominations and completed the required materials to become eligible for the honor. The number of candidates this year is the third-most in the 54-year history of the award, and the most since 1981.
One of the 167 candidates for 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year includes Erica Upton-Wurst from Houston Public Schools.
This year’s program will name the 54th Minnesota Teacher of the Year, celebrating the tradition of excellence in teaching in Minnesota. Candidates include pre-kindergarten through twelvth grade and Adult Basic Education teachers, from public or private schools.
The 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced Sunday, May 6, at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. Over the coming weeks, a 25-member panel of community leaders will name a group of semifinalists and finalists.
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.