Minnesota Teacher of the Year
The Minnesota Teacher of the Year program, now in its 52nd year, is the oldest and most prestigious recognition program in Minnesota to honor excellence in education. The program chooses one teacher to represent Minnesota's thousands of excellent educators.
NEW: Nominations for 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year are now open! Nomination period ends Nov. 15.
Abdul Wright, who teaches language arts at Best Academy in Minneapolis, was named 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year on May 15, 2016.
A selection committee representing Minnesota leaders in education, business and government chooses the Minnesota Teacher of the Year from individuals who are nominated and who then choose to become a candidate.
The Minnesota Teacher of the Year represents the profession as an advocate for education and spokesperson for teachers. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year makes presentations, meets with policymakers and attends frequent meetings.
Peers, school personnel, parents and students may nominate teachers. Many nominees come from school district-level Teacher of the Year programs throughout the state.
Nominees must meet the following criteria:
- Teach pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
- Hold at least a bachelor's degree and a Minnesota teaching license.
- Have completed at least three full years of teaching by nomination deadline.
- Intend to teach during the next school year.
- Minnesota Teachers of the Year serve a 12-month term.
Once nominated, teachers will receive a packet in the mail containing instructions for moving forward in this process. Learn more about how to become a candidate for MN teacher of the year.
For more information, call Megan McKeen at 651-292-4872 or 800-652-9073.
Sept. 29, 2016: 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year nominations open Oct. 1
May 11, 2016: Minneapolis language arts teacher is 2016 Teacher of the Year
April 5, 2016: 11 selected as Teacher of the Year finalists
March 1, 2016: Teacher of the Year candidate field narrowed to 34 semifinalists
Feb. 3, 2016: 115 teachers are candidates for Minnesota Teacher of the Year
Oct. 1, 2015: Nominations are open for 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year
May 3, 2015: St. Paul teacher of English learners named 2015 Teacher of the Year
March 30, 2015: 10 selected as Teacher of the Year finalists
Feb. 24, 2015: Teacher of the Year candidate field narrowed to 30 semifinalists
Feb. 3, 2015: 123 teachers are candidates for Minnesota Teacher of the Year
Oct. 1, 2014: Nominations open Oct. 1 for 2015 Minnesota Teacher of the Year
May 4, 2014: FAIR School English teacher named Teacher of the Year