Betsy Eernisse, second-grade teacher at Fernbrook Elementary, and Lucas Staker, fifth-grade teacher at Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts, are among 168 educators statewide to be nominated for the 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award.
In the weeks ahead, a 25-member panel of community leaders will name a group of semifinalists and finalists. The 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced on May 5 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.
Now in its 55th year, the Minnesota Teacher of the Year program is organized and underwritten by Education Minnesota and receives support from several other organizations and businesses.
Candidates for 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year include pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and Adult Basic Education teachers at public and private schools statewide.
Betsy Eernisse (Fernbrook) and Lucas Staker (Birch Grove).