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Nominees sought for teacher of the year

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 opened October 1 and remain open through November 16. Nominations can be submitted online by accessing a simple nomination form at

The 2010 Teacher of the Year will be named at a ceremony May 2, 2010. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year also becomes Minnesota's candidate for National Teacher of the Year.

Anyone may nominate a teacher. Self-nominations are also accepted. The state program has been highly successful nationally - Minnesota ranks second behind California with four National Teachers of the Year.

Eligible nominees must:

•Teach in a pre-kindergarten-12th grade classroom.

•Hold at least a baccalaureate degree and a teaching license issued by the state of Minnesota.

•Have completed at least three full years of teaching by the nomination deadline.

•Intend to teach the 2010-11 school year.

For more information or to receive a nomination form, call Chris Carlin at (651) 292-4875 or 1-800-652-9073.

The Minnesota Teacher of the Year Program

Organized and underwritten by Education Minnesota, the program receives support from Education Minnesota ESI, The Harvard Club of Minnesota Foundation, McDonald's Restaurants of Minnesota, The Northland Inn, Pearson Education, The SMARTer Kids Foundation, Teacher Federal Credit Union and United Educators Credit Union.