Nominations are open for 2021 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Anyone may nominate a teacher.

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Everyone remembers a favorite teacher, someone who motivates and inspires students for a lifetime and Minnesotans have the opportunity to nominate that unique educator for Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

Nominations opened Thursday and may be submitted online through Nov. 15 at . The 2021 Teacher of the Year will be named at a ceremony May 2, 2021, at Saint Paul RiverCentre. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year also becomes Minnesota’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year.

Eligible nominees must meet these criteria:

  1. Teach in a public or nonpublic pre-kindergarten–12th grade school, or in an Adult Basic Education or Early Childhood Family Education program, working at least 50% of the time directly with students.

  2. Have a bachelor’s degree and a Minnesota teaching license.

  3. Have completed five years of teaching by the nomination deadline.

  4. Intend to teach during the 2021-22 school year.

Anyone may nominate a teacher. Self-nominations are also accepted.
The state program has been highly successful nationally — Minnesota ranks second behind California with four National Teachers of the Year. For more information, go to .

For more information or to receive a nomination form, contact Ashley Behrens at .


Organized and underwritten by Education Minnesota, the Minnesota Teacher of the Year program receives support from Education Minnesota ESI, Educators Lifetime Solutions, EFS Advisors, Harvard Club of Minnesota Foundation and United Educators Credit Union.

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