Ten teachers from across the state have been named finalists in the 2012 Minnesota Teacher of the Year program. A selection panel of 22 leaders in the areas of education, business, government and non-profits selected the finalists from a group of 34 semifinalists. There were 111 Teacher of the Year candidates for this program year.
Included in the Top 10 is social studies teacher Ryan Canton, who also serves as the school's adviser for the student council.
The selection panel meets again May 5 to conduct individual interviews with the 10 finalists and to cast votes for the 2012 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
The 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Katy Smith of the Winona School District, will announce this year’s honoree at a banquet at The Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park on Sunday, May 6.
Education Minnesota, the 70,000-member statewide educators’ union, organizes and underwrites the Teacher of the Year program. Candidates include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers from public or private schools. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year Program also receives support from the following organizations: The SMARTer Kids Foundation, The Northland Inn, United Educators Credit Union, the Harvard Club of Minnesota Foundation, Education Minnesota ESI, McDonald’s Restaurants of Minnesota, Pearson Education and TruStone Financial. This year marks the program’s 48th anniversary.
The 2012 Minnesota Teacher of the Year finalists are:
Christy Anderson, Mahtomedi, Mathematics, Grade 5, O.H. Anderson Elementary School
David Borash, Brainerd, Social Studies, Grades 11-12 , Brainerd Senior High School
Ryan Canton, St. Michael-Albertville, U.S. History, Grade 8, St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West
Bruce Danielson, Cambridge-Isanti, Mathematics, Grade 11, Cambridge-Isanti High School
Robyn Dettling Madson, Forest Lake, English, Grades 10-12, Forest Lake High School
Neil Eerdmans, Anoka-Hennepin, Elementary, Grade 3, Oxbow Creek Elementary School
Greg Goddard, St. Louis Park, AP Psychology/IB Psychology, Grades 11-12, St. Louis Park High School
Joe Meyer, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage, Language Arts, Grades 8-9, Eagle Ridge Junior High School
Eric Oppegard, Owatonna, Elementary, Grade 5, Lincoln Elementary School
Jackie Roehl, Edina, English, Grade 10, Edina High School