Ten teachers from across the state have been named finalists in the 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year program, including Ron Hustvedt Jr. of Salk Middle School in Elk River.
A selection panel of 25 leaders in the areas of education, business, government and non-profits selected the finalists from a group of 39 semifinalists. There were 135 Teacher of the Year candidates for this program year.
The selection panel meets again May 4 to conduct individual interviews with the 10 finalists and to cast votes for the 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
The 2012 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Jackie Roehl of the Edina School District, will announce this years honoree at a banquet at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park on Sunday, May 5.
Education Minnesota, the 70,000-member statewide educators union, organizes and underwrites the Teacher of the Year program.
The 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year finalists are:
Steven Albaugh, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan, Choral Music, Grades 9-12, Rosemount High School
Erik Brandt, St. Paul, English and IB Coordinator, Grades 9-12, Harding Senior High School
Paul Christensen, Mahtomedi, Language Arts and Mathematics, Grades 9-12, Mahtomedi High School
Ross Eichele, Anoka-Hennepin, English/Language Arts, Public Speaking and Debate, Grades 9-12, Blaine High School
Amanda Feterl, Sibley East, Art, Grades K-6, Sibley East Elementary
Megan Olivia Hall, St. Paul, Biology, Grades 7-12, Open World Learning Community
David Howard, St. Paul, American History, Grade 7, Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet School
Ron Hustvedt Jr., Elk River, Social Studies, Grades 6-8, Salk Middle School
Daniel Kilibarda, Minneapolis, Elementary, Grade 3, Burroughs Community School
Amy Lynn Sinness, Minneapolis, Elementary, Grade 1, Luce Craft Laney