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Pierz, W-DC teachers up for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

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Teachers from Pierz and Wadena-Deer Creek are among the 134 candidates for Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

Faye Sandy, a sixth grade teacher at Pioneer Elementary School in Pierz, and Lisa A. Weniger, a middle and high school band teacher in the Wadena-Deer Creek School District, are up for the honor.

This year’s program will name the 56th Minnesota Teacher of the Year, celebrating the tradition of excellence in teaching in Minnesota. Eligible candidates include pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, early childhood family education and adult basic education teachers from public or private schools.

The 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced May 3 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Over the coming weeks, a 25-member panel of community leaders will name a group of semifinalists and finalists.

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

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