ST. PAUL (WJON News) – Ten central Minnesota teachers have joined a list of over 130 candidates nominated to become the 2023 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
Nine teachers from the Sartell-St. Stephen School District and one teacher from the Sauk Rapids-Rice school district are hoping to be named the 59th Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
The local candidates include:
Barbara Eaton – Special Education at Oak Ridge Early Learning Center in Sartell
Cris Drais – 1st Grade Teacher at Pine Meadow Primary School in Sartell
Karrie Fredrickson – Social Studies at Sartell-St. Stephen High School
Shannan Houghton – 3rd Grade Teacher at Riverview Intermediate School in Sartell
Holly Lathe – Music Teacher at Pine Meadow Primary School in Sartell
Nikki Perius – Instructional Coach at Riverview Intermediate School in Sartell
Joe Schulte – Technology Education Teacher at Sartell-St. Stephen High School
James Sinkel – Social Studies Teacher at Sartell-St. Stephen High School
Amy Stedje – Math Teacher at Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School
Lindsey Trimbo – Kindergarten Teacher at Oak Ridge Early Learning Center in Sartell
The list of 131 candidates will be narrowed down to a group of semifinalists in the coming weeks and finalists will be selected in March.
The 2023 Minnesota Teacher of the Year winner will be announced on May 7th at a banquet held at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.
The annual program is for all public and private pre-K through 12th grade, Early Childhood Family Education and Adult Basic Education teachers.