St. Paul English Teacher Named Minnesota's Teacher of the Year

St. Paul English Teacher Named Minnesota's Teacher of the Year Photo: Photo: Education Minnesota

May 23, 2018 10:46 AM

A St. Paul high school teacher who teaches writing and English to immigrant students has been named Minnesota's 2015 Teacher of the Year.              

Amy Hewett-Olatunde was announced Sunday as the 51st winner of the award. She is the fourth Minnesota Teacher of the Year from the St. Paul district.              

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Hewett-Olatunde teaches students at LEAP High School in St. Paul. The school enrolls students up to age 20 who are new arrivals to the U.S. and are not native English speakers.              

She calls the award an honor and says she is "very humbled" and excited.

“When the bell rings and the class settles in, that is where the magic happens. True teachers know that our children matter. Each has a story to tell. Each has a truth to be told,” she said in her nomination portfolio.              

Hewett-Olatunde has taught at LEAP High School since 1999.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in German secondary education and Scandinavian studies from Concordia University in Moorhead. She has a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language from Hamline University in St. Paul. She recently received her doctorate in education from Hamline University.              

Education Minnesota, the 70,000-member statewide teachers union, organizes and underwrites the Teacher of the Year program.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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