Total of 168 nominees announced for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Total of 168 nominees announced for Minnesota Teacher of the Year Photo: KSTP/File

January 18, 2019 09:28 PM

A total of 168 candidates from around the state have been nominated for the 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award.

According to a release from Education Minnesota, a panel of 25 community leaders will name a group of semifinalists and finalists over the coming weeks.


This year's winner will be announced on May 5 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul.

This year's nominees are: 

Kristen Seeger, Albert Lea Area Schools; Ericka Ableiter, Anoka-Hennepin Schools; Jessica Bomstad Young, Anoka-Hennepin Schools; David Christensen, Anoka-Hennepin Schools; Lynn Florman, Anoka-Hennepin Schools; Cindy Houle, Anoka-Hennepin Schools; Stacy Johnson, Anoka-Hennepin Schools; Adriann Kell, Anoka-Hennepin Schools; Amy Kinney, Anoka-Hennepin Schools; Taylor Melius-Polzin, Anoka-Hennepin Schools; Jaclyn Mingo, Anoka-Hennepin Schools; Chelsea Regan, Anoka-Hennepin Schools; Timothy Riordan, Anoka-Hennepin Schools; Kari Slindee, Anoka-Hennepin Schools; Brett Theisen, Anoka-Hennepin Schools; Justine Wewers, Anoka-Hennepin Schools; Alisha Galle, Austin Public Schools; Karen Solum, Barnesville Public Schools; Carin Hagemeyer, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Public Schools; Joshua Coval, Bloomington Public Schools; Kris Goodwin, Bloomington Public Schools; Katie Juul, Bloomington Public Schools; Lisa Leary, Bloomington Public Schools; Cory Wade, Bloomington Public Schools; June Dahlgren, Brainerd Public Schools; Nicole Meints, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools; Elizabeth Davidson, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District; Erin Huber, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District; Amy Smalley, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District; Tina Fruechte, Caledonia Area Public Schools; Megan Fritz, Centennial Schools; Rachel Sandquist, Central Public Schools; Jennifer Schneider, Central Public Schools; Julie Frawley, Chisago Lakes Schools; Pam Myers, Columbia Heights Public Schools; Kim Davidson, Crookston Public Schools; Marita Kendig, Crookston Public Schools; Erica Uttermark, Crookston Public Schools; John Fitzer, Delano Public Schools District; Kristin Bergerson, Duluth Public Schools; Jane Juten, Duluth Public Schools; Diane Mozol, Duluth Public Schools; Anna Edlund, Eastern Carver County Schools; Pat Benincasa, Performing Institute of MN Arts High School, Eden Prairie; Deanne Herz, Eden Prairie Schools; Penny Jeurissen, Eden Prairie Schools; Lindsay Klaverkamp, Eden Prairie Schools; Debra Larsson, Eden Prairie Schools; Stacy Marek, Eden Prairie Schools; Marcela Roos, Eden Prairie Schools
Kathy Vehmeier, Eden Prairie Schools; Geneva Fitzsimonds, Edina Public Schools; Jill Uecker, Edina Public Schools; Janel Weiland, Edina Public Schools; Chelsie Cabak, Elk River Schools ISD 728; Lauren Generous, Elk River Schools ISD 728; Katie Johnson, Elk River Schools ISD 728; Sara Klingelhofer, Elk River Schools ISD 728; Heather Mortinson, Elk River Schools ISD 728; Tony Wolverton, Elk River Schools ISD 728; Missy Aukes, Fairmont Area Schools; Jennifer Bartsch, Floodwood School District; Betsy Saurdiff, Goodridge School District; Stacy Dahl, Greenbush-Middle River School District; Robyn Creary,  DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science, Ham Lake; Joe Beattie, Hastings Public Schools; Jessica Hiedeman, Herman Norcross School District; Kathryn Enselein, Intermediate District 287; Kelly Darrow, Inver Grove Heights Schools; Deana Walsh, Inver Grove Heights Schools; Briana Novak, Isle Public Schools; Stephanie Olstad, Jordan Public Schools; Brent Stinson, Kingsland Public Schools; Tammy Teach, Lake Park-Audubon Schools; Phillip Lalim, Lakeview Public Schools; Chad Bieniek, Lakeville Area Schools; Ryan Rapacz, Lakeville Area Schools; Jodie Sheets, Lakeville Area Schools; Stephen Booth, Laporte Public School District; Katie Lieser, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Public Schools; Michlyn Newman, Mahtomedi Public Schools; Emily Seppmann, Mankato Area Public Schools; Laurie Jensen, Martin County West Schools
Michelle Breuer Vitt, Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis; Emily Firkus, Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis; Jessie Damsgard, Hiawatha Leadership Academy – Northrop, Minneapolis; L. Jenifer Bates, Minneapolis Public Schools; Donna Biggar, Minneapolis Public Schools; Michelle Cauley, Minneapolis Public Schools; Sharon DeLisle, Minneapolis Public Schools; Vicki Lambert, Minnesota Correctional Facility – Stillwater ; Kelly Fisher, Minnetonka Public Schools; Brian Meyer, Moorhead Area Public Schools
Jacob Hairrell, Mounds View Public Schools; Bill Sucha, Mounds View Public Schools; Kirstin Perales, North Branch Area Public Schools; Peter Burnham, North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District; Christa Edlund, North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District; Jana Hedlund, North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District; Dana Pederson, North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District; Renee Holt, Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District; Betsy Eernisse, Osseo Area Schools; Lucas Staker, Osseo Area Schools; Noël Nivala, Kaleidoscope Charter School, Otsego; Lori Peglow, Owatonna Public Schools; Mary Schroepfer, Owatonna Public Schools; Jory Magel, Pine City Public Schools; Jaime Danks, Pipestone Area Schools; Jamie Fenicle, Pipestone Area Schools; Nancy Siebenahler, Pipestone Area Schools; Susan Meyer, Plainview-Elgin-Millville Community Schools; Molly Kalina, Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools; Jesse Smith, Proctor Public Schools; Jordan Snesrud, Randolph Public Schools; Colleen Crossley, Robbinsdale Area Schools; Wilbur Winkelman, Robbinsdale Area Schools; Deborah Roberge, Rochester Public Schools; Lynette Faber, ROCORI Area Schools; Julie Urness, Roseau School District; Laurie Herman, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Schools; Tamara Morett, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Schools; Myriam Castro-Franco, Roseville Area Schools; Jeffrey Davies, Roseville Area Schools; Markie Crosby, Saint Paul Public Schools; Eric Erickson, Saint Paul Public Schools; Bernetta Green, Saint Paul Public Schools; Sara Johnson, Saint Paul Public Schools; Molly Keenan, Saint Paul Public Schools; Benjamin Lathrop, Saint Paul Public Schools; Janet Manor, Saint Paul Public Schools; Paul Nelson, Saint Paul Public Schools; Shannon Pettipiece, Saint Paul Public Schools; Eugenia Popa, Saint Paul Public Schools; Shari Roach, Saint Paul Public Schools; Mark Westpfahl, Saint Paul Public Schools; Lori Uphoff, Sauk Centre Public Schools; Shelby Chollett, Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools; Nancy Davis, Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools; Tania Drexler-Gutierrez, Shakopee Public Schools; Jessica Davis, South St. Paul Public Schools; Luke Olson, South St. Paul Public Schools; Kristen Spanjers, South St. Paul Public Schools; Jessica Splittstoesser, South St. Paul Public Schools; Scott Alton, South Washington County Schools; Linnea Balderrama, South Washington County Schools; Karen Buckeye, South Washington County Schools; Linnea Gamache, South Washington County Schools; Tark Katzenmeyer, South Washington County Schools; Andrea Kleoppel, South Washington County Schools; Anna Ohlsen, South Washington County Schools; Kaarin Schumacher, South Washington County Schools; Nora Nutt, SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288; Chris Ann Johnson, St. Cloud Area School District; Steve Schmitz, St. Louis Park Public Schools; Katie Macrafic, Triton Public Schools; Laura Nelson, AFSA High School, Vadnais Heights; Mandy Gallant, Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools; Julie Kirchner, Wayzata Public Schools; Pat Merrick, Westbrook Walnut Grove Schools; Annemarie Brockopp, Westonka Public Schools; Deb Castner, Westonka Public Schools; Laura Hensley, Westonka Public Schools; Scott Lhotka, Westonka Public Schools; Theresa Schmidt, Westonka Public Schools; Maggie Clark, White Bear Lake Area Schools; Mary Maloy, White Bear Lake Area Schools; Dawn Maple, White Bear Lake Area Schools; Theresa Pearson, Winona Area Public Schools.


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