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Teacher of the Year finalists narrowed to 10

Posted by: Kim McGuire Updated: March 27, 2014 - 2:37 PM

In just over a month, a panel of distinguished educators will select the Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

This week, the field was narrowed to ten. It includes teachers of all types - from a choir teacher to a speech and language pathologist who works with pre-kindergarten students. The winner will be named on May 4.

The 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year finalists are:

Emily Anderson, Anoka-Hennepin, social studies, grade 12, Blaine High School

Gretchen Baglyos Reed, West Metro Education Program, choir, grades 6-12, FAIR School Downtown

Terrace (Terri) Evans, Anoka-Hennepin, library media specialist, grades 9-12, Champlin Park High School

Lora Hill, Winona, special education, grades 9-12, Winona Senior High School

Kim Jirik, Lakeville, speech language pathologist, pre-kindergarten, Crystal Lake Education Center

Billy Koenig, Shakopee, biology and ecology, grades 10 and 12, Shakopee Senior High School

Charlotte Landreau, St. Paul, history, philosophy and dance, grades 11-12, Highland Park Senior High School

Virginia Mancini, Mahtomedi, language arts, grades 9-12, Mahtomedi High School

Thomas Rademacher, West Metro Education Program, English, grades 9-12, FAIR School Downtown

Kathryn Kim Westra, Inver Grove Heights, elementary, grades 4-5, Salem Hills Elementary School

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